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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

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jacqueline Cochrane

Food

Hearty Italian fare served in generous portions have been the hallmarks of Giovanni Maiorana’s kitchen since the restaurant first opened in 1981. Located inside Wonderboom Airport, the eatery is divided into a fine dining section, an informal pizzeria and terrace on the airport side, and a lounge area.

The fine dining menu balances traditional favourites with innovative low-carb dishes. To kick things off, choose from Italian meats and cheeses, various focaccia options, calamari heads or prawn croquettes. There’s also springbok carpaccio and a zucchini carpaccio – finely sliced and topped with roasted pine nuts and parmesan shavings. The bruschetta anchovies, served with roasted tomatoes, olives and capers, is pleasingly crunchy.

The mains menu comprises a wide selection of pastas, including four zucchini pasta options. Served in huge portions, the penne lamb ragù is a masterful combo of al dente pasta and pulled lamb. Besides filetto saltimbocca, lamb shank and osso bucco, seafood and poultry options also abound.

The full list of pizzas appears in the casual dining menu – designed as a 92-page magazine titled VSG, and surprisingly entertaining to flip through. The signature pizza della casa has ham, mushrooms, olives, chilli, garlic, peppers and onions on an exquisitely thin and crispy base.

On the sweet front, the crème brûlée remains a crowd-pleaser. The ice cream options are seductive – the ‘Pick-me-up and I won’t disappoint you’, with its combination of tiramisu ice cream, espresso and crunchy finger biscuits, lives up to its name.

Drinks

The list of prosecco, MCCs and French champagne features bubblies fit for any celebration. On the vino side of things, expect a well-curated offering of Italian wines and South African options. There’s also a fine selection of grappa, cognac, whisky and other spirits.

Service

Efficient, friendly and knowledgeable.

Ambience

An authentic, family-run establishment. The walls have been given the faux-Tuscan treatment, but there’s a dignified sincerity and elegance about it all.

Best for…

Honest-to-goodness Italian cuisine.

(August 2019)

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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.
    Lettie

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