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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.
An authentic Italian experience- at the airport.
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