This spot is one of the stalwarts of the Kloof Street line-up. The place buzzes on any given week night and is great for a quick, fuss-free meal.
Starters include a lot of deep-fried bites, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. A few morsels seem a touch out of place for an Italian-esque eatery - boerewors bowls, nachos and spring rolls, for example. If you're wanting something a little indulgent, go for the mushrooms Romano with baked field mushrooms - though these seemed to be ordinary supermarket mushrooms - with a feta, garlic and tomato sauce. It's extra cheesy and good for sharing with a side order of garlic pizza bread.
For mains, the vast menu ranges from salad meals and burgers to pastas, pizzas and grills. There's even a burger bowl option for those opting to forgo the carbs. The beef patties are good enough and nicely cooked and the garlic mayo gives a tang. Ribs are also always a hit here, and come messy with a special barbecue basting.
If it's pizza you're after, the ones here - quirkily named after famed artists - are thin and decent, though a few more seceonds in the wood-fired oven could add that extra crispiness. Make up your own wth a range of toppings, or bite into options like the Da Vinci with bacon, avo, mushroom and garlic, or hearty Rembrandt with roasted butternut, spinach, Rouquefort cheese and Peappadews.
For pud, The Lindt chocolate brownies arrive warm and gooey with sweet vanilla ice cream.
A familiar and easy drinks list; you’ll find something to quench your thirst and at a good price.
Attentive and friendly.
Warm, cosy and perfectly unpretentious. It’s an ideal spot for a calm family meal or easy midweek bite.
Best for... A quick, fuss-free meal.
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I loved my vegetarian burger bowl. My partner had the beef burger bowl and while it was beautifully presented, he said the burger patties were average and a bit dense
Da Vincis is great value for money and an Italian restaurant definitely worth visiting!
My boyfriend and I wandered in on Friday 17 May and the friendly welcome and efficient ushering to our cozy window table quickly abated my hunger-induced-grumpiness (the complimentary bread sticks that promptly appeared definitely also helped!).
We ordered the creamy ham and mushroom pasta and the Rembrandt pizza (Roasted butternut, spinach, Roquefort & peppadews) and even though the restaurant was quite full our food arrived in record time. The pasta was a generous portion and the sauce was a perfect creamy consistency with just the right amount of ham and mushroom mixed through - it makes my mouth salivate just thinking about it again! And the pizza was flavourful and perfectly done, with nice crispy edges thanks to the woodfired pizza oven.
The staff were friendly and efficient, and the ambiance was relaxed and comfortable; I would highly recommend Da Vincis for any occasion!
The service was good, with our waiter being very friendly and courteous. The options on the menu looked very nice. I enjoyed the fact that with the pizzas, you could order it half-half so you can get two different flavours. The price is just halved for each type of pizza and combined for a single price. When the pizza came, however, it did taste rather bland which I had to combat with seasoning, and little bowls of garlic, parmesan and chillis. This was disappointing, as well as the really skinny base which was left pretty soggy.
Da Vincis can be found on the top of Kloof. During the week they run a R50 lunch special which is worth every cent. The veg cannelloni is really superb. The service here also stands out. Overall a really nice spot to catch a bite to eat with friends or family.
I ordered two pizza's last night from da Vincis through "order-in". I am trying to understand all these positive reviews because I can say, without a doubt, these were the worst pizza's we have had... Ever (and I am really easy to please). I ordered the bacon, avo and feta- the first thing I noticed was how sparce the topping was. I could not even lift a slice from the box because it was so flimsy and soggy and eventually just had to roll it together to be able to eat it. It also had some kind of mysterious sauce on it? This was very annoying because the menu did not mention any sauce and it really just over-powered the flavor of the few pieces of topping. For the first time in my entire life I threw away 3/4 of a pizza! Very disappointing and I feel like I have been robbed.