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Gema Trattoria and Pizzeria

5 Reviews
Italian, Pizzas
Phone Number 0116229716 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 3pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

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Menu

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Details

Cost
R60 avg main meal
Food
Italian, Pizzas
Corkage
R45 (wine), R70 (champagne)
Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Location and contact

143 Queen Street, South Kensington, Johannesburg

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Steve Steinfeld

Food
Traditional, home-style Italian cooking is what Gema is all about. The food is homely, warm and comforting, and what it may lack in pedantic plating it more than makes up for in flavour. Start with the tri colore salad – beautiful slices of fresh mozzarella layered with tomato and avocado – or a starter off the specials board, the likes of which could include porcini and polenta with gorgonzola or thinly sliced ostrich carpaccio.

For mains, pizzas and pastas are where Gema really shine. The extensive offering includes thin-based pizzas with a selection of toppings ranging from the classics such as margheritas, sicilianas and reginas to the Mario, which arrives covered with paper-thin slices of prosciutto crudo. If pasta is what you’re after, go with the crab special – it’s a must-have, featuring perfectly cooked pieces of crab in a tasty tomato sauce. The light and fluffy gnocchi are also not to be missed and pair perfectly with a rich and creamy gorgonzola sauce. A small selection of meat and fish dishes are available too, but one would be best advised to select from the specials board which boasts the likes of rabbit, veal and quail – all cooked in traditional Italian style.

End off the meal with a slice of tiramisu and a single espresso.

Drinks
The wine list features a limited selection of familiar local, easy drinking, affordable wines as well as a small range of imported Italian bottles too. Those looking for a non-alcoholic libation should opt for the Lemon/Oransodas, which are sure to get you in the Italian spirit.

Service
Service is friendly and familiar, with waitresses more than happy to assist with ordering suggestions and explanations. Food arrives hot and timeously.

Ambience
The quaint, repurposed Kensington house provides the setting for this home-style eatery, its Italian feel and unassuming table settings create a no fuss, warm and comforting environment. A seat by the window while the sunlight gently streams in makes for an ideal lunch spot.

Best for…
Sunday lunches or romantic yet casual date nights.

(2018)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    The restaurant is managed by a grumpy old man who is rude and disrespectful to the customers. We definitely won't be going back to Gema that is for sure!!
    Ordered Beef lasagne Take away, was given something that resembled some kind of mince and soggy soft pasta. NO CHEESE, NO WHITE SAUCE. Upon phoning to complain my call was answered by an Italian Woman who spoke very little english. When asked if I accidentally given the wrong meal I was asked what I meant,I replied 'it doesnt look or taste like lasagne it tastes terrible' I was told to bring it back. When I arrived to bring it I was 1st told they there was cheese but you cant see it, then told its parmisan cheese then told that I'm supposed to add my own cheese then bake it! after replying who would order take aways to add my own cheese and "bake it" I was intimidated by two VERY STROPPY AND AGGRESSIVE Italian men and one woman who had dragged my into the kitchen(dirty) and invaded my personal space and screamed at and insulted me I was given my money back and pushed out the front door.  Future customers, please rather save yourself the effort and tummy ache and drive to the closest woolworths food, get an average lasagne, but a lasagne nonetheless. "The customer is always right" NOT AT GEMMA
    Ordered Beef lasagne Take away, was given something that resembled some kind of mince and soggy soft pasta. NO CHEESE, NO WHITE SAUCE. Upon phoning to complain my call was answered by an Italian Woman who spoke very little english. When asked if I accidentally given the wrong meal I was asked what I meant,I replied 'it doesnt look or taste like lasagne it tastes terrible' I was told to bring it back. When I arrived to bring it I was 1st told they there was cheese but you cant see it, then told its parmisan cheese then told that I'm supposed to add my own cheese then bake it! after replying who would order take aways to add my own cheese and "bake it" I was intimidated by two VERY STROPPY AND AGGRESSIVE Italian men and one woman who had dragged my into the kitchen(dirty) and invaded my personal space and screamed at and insulted me I was given my money back and pushed out the front door.  Future customers, please rather save yourself the effort and tummy ache and drive to the closest woolworths food, get an average lasagne, but a lasagne nonetheless. "The customer is always right" NOT AT GEMMA
    Real Italian Food prepared by a real Italian family in a real Italian atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Well, the clincher is really really good value. They are exceptionally well priced. And apart from their wood fired pizza, to top it off, they also make their own Italian "gelato" ice-cream. I had an awesome meal experience, and am sure you will too.

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