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Trabella Pizzeria

6 Reviews
Italian, Pizzas, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0114420413 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 3pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

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Menu

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Details

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Food
Italian, Pizzas, Vegetarian
Corkage
R50
Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Functions, Licensed, Takeaways, Vegetarian, WiFi

Location and contact

Illovo Junction, Corner Corlett Drive and Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Thulisa Martins

Food
A series of blackboards showcase a range of classic pizzas and characterful pasta dishes. To start, tuck into a seasonal salad such as the artichoke, avocado and nut salad topped with mozzarella, or a brinjal tower.

Available pasta includes linguine, tagliatelle, penne and gnocchi. A simple napolitana consisting of tomato and organum is flavourful and aromatic. Then there’s the puttanesca, which takes it a step further by adding anchovies, capers and olives to the napolitana. Pizza is the heart of the menu – Tracy’s special consists of delicious toppings with added extras. The base consists of peppers, mushrooms, olives, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, chili and other toppings, with the option to add mince, bacon or other meats to this vegetarian pizza. Devour a bacon, avocado and pizza with crumbled feta. The thin base is delicate and fine, as all good pizza bases should be. Slightly crispier bacon would make this the finest pizza in Johannesburg.

For dessert, savour Italian kisses or sorbet.

Drinks
The wine list is ample and includes wine by the glass and bottle. Neil Ellis Shiraz is among the selection of red wines available and Spier Creative Block Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent accompaniment to pizza. Soda cans are also available and the creamy cappuccino is a delight.

Service
The service is possibly what makes Trabella feel like a neighbourhood diner. Locals greet the waitrons with familiarity, and Tracy is on hand to welcome diners in a colourful Hawaiian shirt.

Ambience
Trabella’s cool décor consists of school-like chairs, black paint from floor to ceiling, blackboards on the walls and candles on the table. The intimate restaurant invites you to feast for hours, while its casual and contemporary style envelopes you.

Best for…
Magnificent pizza in an unpretentious and understated bastion of cool.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Trabella has definitely upped the pizza game in Johannesburg. The variety of tasty, quality toppings paired with their beautiful, crisp base make for the truly divine pizzas. My go-to is a simple Margarita topped with basil pesto. Simple, but delicious! The actual pizzeria is a little oddly laid out and on busy nights (which is most nights), is very loud with the chatter of happy patrons. The service has always been great, and the staff is happy to make suggestions or accommodate within reason. For the best thin-based pizza in town, Trabella is the place to go!
    Trabella is a classic Italian restaurant with consistent, fantastic food! It is one of my regular haunts!
    Terrible food!

    I went over last night with a friend who was visiting from Switzerland. The restaurant was reasonable quiet and we were the only ones sitting in the particular section we were seated in.

    Both of us ordered salads - mine was a Haloumi salad which the menu stated had avo, nuts and honey and green salad. My friend went for the spicey chicken and avo salad.

    Our salads were bland - 90 % of it was terrible and tasteless ice berg lettuce with haloumi dumped on top. The nuts were very few and I tasted no honey. My friends salad was the same, except that his had chicken dumped on top.

    Considering the prices for the salads R160 and R155 each, this was simply shocking. The service was also slow.

    Will definitely not be going back again.
    Rude fat slob of a manager!
    Questionable hygiene in kitchen!!
    Do not have a salad...I wouldn't feed it to my pet rabbit!!
    My favorite restaurant in JHB! Best pizza, best pasta, great vibe, love it. Highly recommended.

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