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Villa San Giovanni Ristorante

Villa San Giovanni Ristorante
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Italian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50 (wine); R100 (champagne)

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

It remains one of the most authentic Italian experiences in Pretoria, with the added quirky advantage that one sits right on tarmac level and can keep an eye on small planes arriving from Cape Town. It is lively and busy and makes one feel ‘connected’ to a world of travel and movement.

Food
Changing with the times is of course necessary for all restaurants, so these days the VSG menu features a section for ‘low carb lovers’ which includes pizza with a pumpkin base and a zucchini spaghetti pasta dish with prawns and chili. The menu also offers a number of delicious items such as a Cabin Crew burger with avo, feta and bacon, as well as a 727 Jumbo burger. Starters include prawn rissois and baked shrimp with feta. Pasta dishes includes Mari e Monti with onions, mushrooms, shrimps, wine and a dash of cream. The Calabrese pizza and classic Saltimbocca are some main course options. Their dessert section includes an entire page dedicated to ice cream as well as a Calzone Nutella and a Calzone Monte Bianco with custard, almonds, cream and strawberries.

Drinks
The wine list is relatively average, but with interesting highlights such as JP Meyer ‘Palmiet’ Pinot Noir, Jordan ‘Black Magic’ Merlot and The Young Air Hawk Sauvignon Blanc by Nederburg. There are also some delightful bubblies such as Silverthorn “Genie” Rose MCC, as well as craft sodas and an interesting Pomegranate Refresher.
Service Being a family-run business, one of the owners are always on hand.

Service
Is well oiled, attentive and without fuss.

Ambience
Distinct areas separate the various dining options at Vila San Giovanni – there is the traditional ‘inside’ area that resembles a traditional formal Italian restaurant, then an upper and lower ‘inside’ patio area, as well as a large outside area that is now completely enclosed with canvas, which also houses the large children’s playing area. Upstairs they have a small hotel that is attached to the restaurant. And since the introduction of regular scheduled flights between Cape Town and Pretoria, the hotel is great for anyone in need of a bed for a night. They also specialize in themed children’s parties.

Best for...
An authentic Italian experience- at the airport.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food
  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    Changing with the times is of course necessary for all restaurants, so these days the VSG menu features a section for ‘low carb lovers’ which includes pizza with a pumpkin base and a zucchini spaghetti pasta dish with prawns and chili. The menu also offers a number of delicious items such as a Cabin Crew burger with avo, feta and bacon, as well as a 727 Jumbo burger. Starters include prawn rissois and baked shrimp with feta. Pasta dishes includes Mari e Monti with onions, mushrooms, shrimps, wine and a dash of cream. The Calabrese pizza and classic Saltimbocca are some main course options. Their dessert section includes an entire page dedicated to ice cream as well as a Calzone Nutella and a Calzone Monte Bianco with custard, almonds, cream and strawberries.

    Drinks
    The wine list is relatively average, but with interesting highlights such as JP Meyer ‘Palmiet’ Pinot Noir, Jordan ‘Black Magic’ Merlot and The Young Air Hawk Sauvignon Blanc by Nederburg. There are also some delightful bubblies such as Silverthorn “Genie” Rose MCC, as well as craft sodas and an interesting Pomegranate Refresher.

    Service
    Being a family-run business, one of the owners are always on hand. Service is well oiled, attentive and without fuss.
    Ambience Distinct areas separate the various dining options at Vila San Giovanni – there is the traditional ‘inside’ area that resembles a traditional formal Italian restaurant, then an upper and lower ‘inside’ patio area, as well as a large outside area that is now completely enclosed with canvas, which also houses the large children’s playing area.

    Best for...
    An authentic Italian experience - at the airport.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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