Villa San Giovanni Ristorante

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


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

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.

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.

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.

Is well oiled, attentive and without fuss.

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.


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User reviews

6 Reviews
    There's something so calming about an airport without the hustle and bustle, so this restaurant is a perfectly hidden gem. It's never crowded, I always feel like the "only girl in the world" when I'm there, which I particularly like haha. They have gorgeously mouthwatering food, you'll never be disappointed with what's on their menu! Even something as simple as cocktails, they've got a cute bunch of unique ones and I trust the waiters to always pick a good one for me, haven't been steered wrong yet. It is a bit pricey, but it's quality all the way, I honestly love this place and I would definitely recommend to anyone for a romantic evening out!
    Best kept secret in Pretoria!!! Lets keep it that way Excellent food, service nd hosts Luca & Giovanni Thank you for being part of my life for the past 30 years
    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.

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