6 Reviews
Phone Number 0832510730 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to 10.30pm


Menu - 4-course Family Eating Set Menu - R300 per person


R130 avg main meal
No corkage, BYO
R130 avg main meal
Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Child friendly, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Food, Licensed, Parking, Reservations recommended, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Zola Nene

Walking into Scarpetta, Woodstock’s new family-owned Italian eatery, is like coming home to an Italian family gathering you always see in the movies – filled with an abundance of food, laughter and loud conversations. Chef patron Ricky Turilli runs the kitchen and has a hand in every single plate served in the restaurant. He somehow also finds time to greet and welcome every person who steps in the door. He exudes love and passion both in his personality and through his delicious food.

The menu is written on the chalkboards and features daily specials determined by what Ricky has found at the market on that day. The menu is divided into four sections: antipasti, pasta, secondi and dessert. Ricky advises that you order an item from each section and share, because “that’s how Italians eat; we share plates of food so we can have a taste of everything”.

To start, I ordered the asparagus wrapped in pancetta and enrobed with cheesy white sauce – it’s delicious and a perfect start to the meal; the size of the portion perfectly befitting such a rich dish. The spaghetti vongole is served in a huge generous bowl, with plenty of clams dotted throughout (there’s the option to have either a tomato-based sauce or the classic white wine sauce). The clams are plump and delicious with the perfectly cooked pasta. For mains you could go for the oxtail – it’s perfect for the chilly winter weather and comes served in a generous portion with creamy polenta.

The homemade tiramisu is coffee-and-cream perfection; lovely and light while still decadent at the same time. It’s a great end to a wonderful meal.

Scarpetta doesn’t serve wine; Ricky encourages customers to bring their own and doesn’t charge corkage. His reasoning is that he prefers for people bring the wine they enjoy without having to pay exorbitant restaurant wine prices. Water and a selection of soft drinks are available.

Service is casual and informal. Ricky balances spreading his infectious energy between all of his customers. He has help on the floor from a staff member, but does most of the customer interaction himself. He passionately recommends and describes every dish, and eagerly enquires after every course if you enjoyed it. A very pleasant dining experience, indeed.

The restaurant is filled with white tables and chairs and has a doorway in the middle that separates the two sections. The tables are laden with paper mats with beautiful graphic designs and the restaurant name and logo. There’s a fireplace in the restaurant that will provide many cosy nights during winter.

Best for…
Hearty Italian meals with family and friends.


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User reviews

6 Reviews
    What a disaster. After hearing rave reviews we were so excited to try out Scarpetta’s. The restaurant is lovely and the welcome we received boded well for an awesome evening. We were a party of 10 and the two guests had dietary requirements. We were told that we couldn’t do the sharing menu with just 8 and two ordering separately off the menu so we went ahead and all had the sharing menu. It was awful. There was hardly any variety so no real opportunity to try different menu items. The pasta dish was more of the same. Just two big bowls of the same flavour pasta. Again in would have been nice to have two different variations to try. There was no effort to even ask as what we might like. Secondi dish was more of the same. Oxtail that was basically just cooked in tomato and not seasoned, undercooked veg and a whole fish that wasn’t cooked. So, so disappointing. We sent the fish back three times and it just kept coming back to the table in a worse state than before. Dessert was ok. Fresh fruit and cannolis and tiramisu. It catered for all palates and I think was the best course. For the price of R350 I honestly did not see the value. I would not recommend it at all.
    Fantastic experience, Ricky is a great host and we felt like guests at his family's dinner. The food is authentic and everything on the menu is meant to be shared. We'll definitely be back.
    Delicious and wholesome food and relaxed atmosphere. Feels like home!
    The experience at Scarpetta is fantastic from start to finish, from being welcomed at the door, the great service and amazing Italian food experience. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic food experience out!
    Absolutely fantastic!

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