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Ritrovo

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Pizza, Seafood, International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Italian
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103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0065, South Africa
27124604367
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Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Ritrovo was established in 1995 as South Africa's first fully authentic...
Ritrovo was established in 1995 as South Africa's first fully authentic Italian fine dining venue. Over the last 20 years Ritrovo has won more than 50 local and international awards and has become SA's most award winning Italian restaurant. At Ritrovo fresh seasonal ingredients and very traditional Italian regional specialities fuse with old school European restaurant service and a magnificent 10,000+ bottle wine cellar with two internationally qualified sommeliers to guide you through its treasures. With the owners always on hand Ritrovo is an experience to be savoured and enjoyed in comfort.
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    Very good
  • 20
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
superb food and great hospitality

After 2 weeks of mainly 'braais' (which we really liked), we were ready for some Italian food. However: this restaurant served not just 'some Italian food' :-) You could taste food is their passion. My salmon wrapped in pancetta was amazing. And they have a very extensive wine collection. And happy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Wendy V
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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English first
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

After 2 weeks of mainly 'braais' (which we really liked), we were ready for some Italian food. However: this restaurant served not just 'some Italian food' :-) You could taste food is their passion. My salmon wrapped in pancetta was amazing. And they have a very extensive wine collection. And happy staff members, who work in that restaurant for many... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Such a lovely restaurant. Owner-managed with great attention to detail and customer service. The food is always top-quality and the wine list is something completely out of the ordinary!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

You must have a vision. And passion. Fortunato has it all. He showed us around and told his story. I saw all his Columellas - even in big bottles! "Eben did this just for me" - I am very jealous Forti 😈. We had a nice table for four and followed his recommendations for lunch. Ragout? I love ragout and... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It was quite an experience. Had lunch and was seated at the window with a spectacular view of Pretoria looking out from Waterkloof Ridge. Had one of the best tasting starters I ever had in my life. Lamb Kidneys a speciality for the day. It was a taste sensation. The mains were excellent and the restaurant has an excellent wine... More 

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Benoni, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Our meal was pretty average although the service was great. It was not worth the effort or money. The food definitely did not match the pretentiousness of the place. It is not worth a second visit.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We have been customers of Ritrovo for over 15 years. Returning each time with expectations, and each time everything is perfect. No matter what we order, everything is always in place, cooked to perfection and served with real love. I cannot recommend one dish, all of them are great! However I often find myself returning for the seafood pasta, lamb... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We decided to venture out to Pretoria for dinner and the trip out there was so worth it! Ritrovo is a fantastic restaurant! It's such a nice touch when the owner walks around and even better when he sings you a song and what a voice he has! We were in their formal dining room and had a great view... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Chris. My management team and I recall you well and may we take this opportunity to thank you not only for your very positive review, but also for taking the time to talk to us in the restaurant and share with us some of your opinions which were extremely constructive. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was one of our favourite restaurants but, unfortunately, they've changed the menu and dropped some of our favourite dishes and reduced portion sizes, which makes a previously affordable- considering-the-portion-size restaurant now a rather expensive option. We are no longer regulars. Quality of food can be inconsistent when busy - we have had nearly burnt food at times but were... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

I am so sorry that you do not enjoy our new menu. I can tell you in 100% honesty that this is the first comment that is negative about our new menu. The reason we changed our menu has nothing to do with portion size but everything to do with authenticity and eliminating the strictly not Italian dishes from our... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I went for lunch at Ritrovo this afternoon. It was such a treat to receive great service. We loved the music and the setting. The bread was fantastic! We enjoyed our food and happily paid the very reasonable bill. Lovely to chat to the chef as well. The picture displayed on the wall from his home town... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi There. Thank you for your lovely review and for your kind words. I remember you well and it was an absolute pleasure for us to host such a lovely couple of enthusiastic foodies. We look forward to greeting you again. More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Visited Ritrovo for a fabulous Innis & Gunn beer and pizza evening. Was a really good evening, we had a great time and enjoyed the evening tremendously.

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you for your kind words and for coming to our fun Craft beer themed evening. Pizza and beer is a traditional pairing in Italy and we just thought it would be lots of fun to do it here for a change even in the fine dining environment. We had a lot of fun too. Best regards to you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0065, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: 27124604367

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Seafood, International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business

Description

Ritrovo was established in 1995 as South Africa's first fully authentic Italian fine dining venue. Over the last 20 years Ritrovo has won more than 50 local and international awards and has become SA's most award winning Italian restaurant. At Ritrovo fresh seasonal ingredients and very traditional Italian regional specialities fuse with old school European restaurant service and a magnificent 10,000+ bottle wine cellar with two internationally qualified sommeliers to guide you through its treasures. With the owners always on hand Ritrovo is an experience to be savoured and enjoyed in comfort.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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