Villa San Giovanni Ristorante

Villa San Giovanni Ristorante
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R120 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
R50 (wine); R100 (champagne)

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

The extensive menu offers delicious eats, regardless of the time of day or the level of formality, and there is a number of buffet options and set menus at the end of the informal ‘magazine-style menu’ which can be ordered for special functions. Try some Italian classics such as cannelloni ricotta, gnocchi quattro formaggi, Napoleone pizza with sundried tomatoes, artichoke fresh basil and feta, saltimbocca, osso bucco and, for those who love visual puns, their delicious tiramisu ice cream (layered to resemble a lasagna, consisting of ice cream, nuts and sauce).

Apart from some funky cocktails such as the Amarena cherry martini, limoncello meringue martini and chocolate negroni, the wine list is well structured and includes some good choices.

This restaurant has a formal interior, which extends to the staff. Those stationed outside on the veranda, however, are much more casually dressed to reflect the easier, more casual menu and vibe. This does not mean that everyone is not very attentive and well trained. Giovanni and Maria Maiorana are the founders of this family business, and either they or their offspring are always around to ensure that service is smooth as butter.

Apart from the formal restaurant and slightly more casual area inside (with large TV screens overhead to broadcast sporting events), there is also a large area overlooking the air field, perfect for weekend outings. It also adjoins to a large, safely enclosed kiddies area with a few tables where young patrons can create their own pizzas under supervision.

One can now take one of three daily scheduled flights between Wonderboom Airport and Cape Town. For Pretorians this might prove one of the simplest ways to get to Cape Town and back without having to venture to one of the other Gauteng airports. Considering that one has the option of dining at a quality Italian restaurant, this is a perfect option for future consideration.

(September 2016)

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

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