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Villa San Giovanni Ristorante

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Italian
Phone Number 0121118888 Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 7am to 9pm; Friday 7am to 10pm; Saturday 8am to 10pm, Sunday 8am to 5pm

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Menu

Menu - Villa San Giovanni Ristorante - Menu - Updated April 2018

Details

Cost
R120 avg main meal
Food
Italian
Corkage
R50 (wine); R100 (champagne)
Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Breakfast, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

Wonderboom National Airport, Main Terminal Building, Linvelt Road, Pretoria

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Hennie Fisher

It remains one of the most authentic Italian experiences in Pretoria, with the added quirky advantage that one sits right on tarmac level and can keep an eye on small planes arriving from Cape Town. It is lively and busy and makes one feel ‘connected’ to a world of travel and movement.

Food
Changing with the times is of course necessary for all restaurants, so these days the VSG menu features a section for ‘low carb lovers’ which includes pizza with a pumpkin base and a zucchini spaghetti pasta dish with prawns and chili. The menu also offers a number of delicious items such as a Cabin Crew burger with avo, feta and bacon, as well as a 727 Jumbo burger. Starters include prawn rissois and baked shrimp with feta. Pasta dishes includes Mari e Monti with onions, mushrooms, shrimps, wine and a dash of cream. The Calabrese pizza and classic Saltimbocca are some main course options. Their dessert section includes an entire page dedicated to ice cream as well as a Calzone Nutella and a Calzone Monte Bianco with custard, almonds, cream and strawberries.

Drinks
The wine list is relatively average, but with interesting highlights such as JP Meyer ‘Palmiet’ Pinot Noir, Jordan ‘Black Magic’ Merlot and The Young Air Hawk Sauvignon Blanc by Nederburg. There are also some delightful bubblies such as Silverthorn “Genie” Rose MCC, as well as craft sodas and an interesting Pomegranate Refresher.
Service Being a family-run business, one of the owners are always on hand.

Service
Is well oiled, attentive and without fuss.

Ambience
Distinct areas separate the various dining options at Vila San Giovanni – there is the traditional ‘inside’ area that resembles a traditional formal Italian restaurant, then an upper and lower ‘inside’ patio area, as well as a large outside area that is now completely enclosed with canvas, which also houses the large children’s playing area. Upstairs they have a small hotel that is attached to the restaurant. And since the introduction of regular scheduled flights between Cape Town and Pretoria, the hotel is great for anyone in need of a bed for a night. They also specialize in themed children’s parties.

Best for...
An authentic Italian experience- at the airport.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    What a dissapointment! Went there for a birthday party but what a disaster! They call themselves authentic italian food? Please Im sure some boere tannie can do better! My penne pasta was tasteless and tasted if it was made the previous week. The chicken schnitzel arrived and looked like a take away! No garnish no lemon wedge nothing! Only slapped on the plate! The sauce tastes worse than spur sauce! The waitress got our drinks order totally wrong! They cant even make a proper mojito! We send it back! The pizza was mediocre with no cheese. The atmosphere of the whole place felt like a take away venue! We visited this place numerous times in the past and everytime its getting worse! what pity! I will never visit it again. I can do much better at KFC! Its overpriced, mediocre and poor food and service! Stay away!!!!
    Excellent venue foe special occasions. Valentines 2015....helicopter ride, 5 course meal, fantastic wine ans beautiful music....not to mention the special person at my side.........10 out of 10
    We took our friends for dinner, they wanted a place to eat pasta. We had carbonana pasta, and a pizza. The food were really very good and the pasta excellent. Accompanied with the pasta fresh garlic and chopped chillies, very good. We eat at Villa San Giovanni's often and our friend said they will be back.
    Lettie

    Just had the lamb shank from the menu. Lamb being my favourite, thought I'd give it a try. Worst lamb shank I've had. Perhaps better to stick to the pasta and pizza. Ordered two take aways for the children...

    Excellent food coupled with a wide variety of international wine - service is average but ambience superb in the main restaurnt (non-smoking section).

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