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Tortellino d’oro

Tortellino d’oro
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Deli fare, Italian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R85 for wine, R125 for champagne

Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

Food
Whilst breakfasts see an abundance of homemade breads, croissants, crostinis, panino and great coffee on offer, lunch and dinner are the main events.

The menu is a celebration of old-fashioned Italian favourites. It’s divided into insalata (salads), antipasto (starters), primo (first course – pasta dishes), secondo (second course – meat dishes) and daily specials.

Salads are chock-full of leafy greens topped with scrumptious combinations of toppings from the deli. They’re tasty, but who wants to order salad when there’s homemade pasta on offer? And the assortment is all-encompassing: everything from tagliatelle to capellini, panzerotti to gnocchi; all hand-made and each as delicious as the next. The ravioli con funghi porcini – parcels filled with ricotta and porcini mushrooms in a burnt butter and sage sauce – is superb. Another noteworthy primo (albeit pasta-less) is the melanzane: wafer-thin slices of aubergine, richly sauced and oozing with cheese – it’s unlikely you’ll find better one across Johannesburg.

For secondo you’ll find a selection of predominantly veal, chicken and fish dishes, all delicately prepared. The only downside to these dishes is the accompanying 80s-style carrots, green beans and roast potatoes.

For dessert, there’s lots to choose from, including a great affogato, a perfect tiramisu and devilishly good cannoli Siciliani. The homemade gelato is unmissable.

Drinks
A great wine list with an abundance by the glass. Nice mix of both local and Italian varietals.

Ambience
It’s upmarket without being overly fussy. The inside area is divided into two sections: one area that weaves around the deli and a slightly more secluded adjoining section for those wanting something a little more formal. There’s also seating on the shaded veranda – perfect for afternoon lunches.

Service
Fantastic from start to end. Waiters work collectively, ensuring your every need is met. They’re well-versed on the menu and are great at giving suggestions. There’s always a smiling face to greet you at the door and tables are draped in crisp linen, decorated with fresh flowers and laden with complimentary bread baskets, homemade tapenades and delectable butter.

Best for…
Business lunches, romantic dinners and family celebrations.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • Tortellini D'Oro is a wonderful, Italian restaurant. The owners run the place with so much warmth and love, it shows in their food. They make fresh and wholesome home-style Italian food so there might be some things on the menu that aren't at the run-of-the-mill Italian joints. We save our visits to Tortellini for special occassions and we've thoroughly enjoyed every visit so far. Service could be better but their food more than makes up for it. They use great quality ingredients (which shows in the price) and their food is tastier for it. Do make a booking before going - they tend to quite busy especially on the weekends.
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  • My favorite restaurant in Johannesburg. Food and service is impeccable
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  • ISo, today we visited what used to be one of our fave neighborhood restaurants after church. On arrival rain was pouring so was looking forward to a nice spicy meal to keep the sinuses clear. I order the seafood pasta and asked for extra chili. Spoke w/ the waiter who said normally they don’t do it but will ask for special consideration. I said fine, food came no chili, so I asked even after our discussion....you brought me this w/ no chili. And was like if you weren’t gonna do it, I woulda ordered something else! The owner then says “Don’t order that again”! I proceeded to say Ok! And gave her back her pasta. Maintained my composure as I was w/ the fam. A thoughtful owner woulda explained better and asked if she could offer me something else instead of having a mini temper tantrum. I used to like this place and frequent quite often, but the piss poor service today let’s me know they don’t deserve my coins. ima take em elsewhere. Needless to say - this will be my last visit to Tortellini D’Oro.
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  • Traditional Italian food made with fresh ingredients, home made pasta and gnocchi. Special thanks to Alec, not only does he know every single dish on the menu but his professionalism with guests is above average. Don't forget to order the gelato it's the Best Italian gelato in SA.
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  • Wow! Such an amazing little neighbourhood italian restaurant with delicious food! The service was great and one if the best pasta dishes i have ever had! Bit pricey - but worth every cent!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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