Quite late on a Friday evening at around 9:30pm my girlfriend and I decided a spontaneous coffee date would do quite nicely after a long day. After scouting for any suitable spot around the wynberg and claremont areas without much luck we found ourselves in the vibrant and abuzz bar and restaurant district just outside kenilworth train station, counting ourselves lucky for the many options which now availed themselves. Seeking a more secluded and conversational atmosphere we decided to try out Bardelli's as a first. As we step in at 10:30pm, ready to take a quick intimate seat at one of the classic Italian checkered tables in the front of house, reassuring the gentleman greeting us that we are just in need of a coffee fix and won't take up much time seeing as their tables were all done and the staff and kitchen busy packing up for the night. Without thinking he politely brushes us off that notion and pleasantly leads us all the way through the empty restaurant to the surprisingly spacious tented and benched backyard where glowing embers still eagerly awaited us in the fireplace. He cheerfully introduces himself as the manager and part-owner while throwing a few logs on and pumping the fire up he informs us that the kitchen is still ready for whatever we may want and then asks the waiter to please setup our table and ensure we are looked after while he finishes up inside. Being so pleasantly surprised and having the place all to ourselves our friendly waiter helps us move a table right infront of the now cosy flames and laying out the table in a romantic candlelit fashion. Feeling so honoured and grateful we ensue to make it a meal, ordering two glasses of the house red and a large pizza while enjoying the chilled mood and happy Italian music. Our soft and succulent calamari pizza with zesty pesto and rocket could not have been more perfectly timed halfway through the satisfying red and went as fast as it came. We were left to slowly swing our conversation with the wine as the warm flames reduced to embers once again. We were then ushered into cheerful conversation with the manager while paying our bill, who now man alone closing up shop, openly spoke about the history and experiences of the place. We would definitely be back for another serving due to the managers pure passion towards customer service and ensuring a full experience regardless of time or whatever might've been the case. A definite 10/10.