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Ritrovo

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Seafood, International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Italian
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103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0065, South Africa
27124604367
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
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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  • 125
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  • 50
    Very good
  • 22
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  • 15
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
An experience not to be missed!

This was an evening of over indulgence! We had the five course shared dinner and Fortunato did not joke when he said we will be crawling out of the restaurant! The food is prepared with care and Italian flare! The wine list is supurb and the service outstanding! Fortunato even spoiled us with an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
RViljoen
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Centurion, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having lived for many years next to the Italian border I have a certain idea what good italian food is about. While South Africans may expect large portions and huge pieces of meat I was astonished how much salt they have put on the meat. In Europe I would have sent back the plates to the kitchen. The presentation of... More 

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Thank Rainer F
Centurion, South Africa
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an evening of over indulgence! We had the five course shared dinner and Fortunato did not joke when he said we will be crawling out of the restaurant! The food is prepared with care and Italian flare! The wine list is supurb and the service outstanding! Fortunato even spoiled us with an opera aria! Thank you for a... More 

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Thank RViljoen
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Thank you for this amazing review and your kindness. Your group was such a lovely group to serve and it was a great pleasure for me to be able to sing for you especially bearing in mind the very special nature of the occasion. I look forward to seeing you all again. best regards Forti More 

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32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first time at Ritrovo and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The food is amazing! I didn't even leave a crumb on my plate, best Italian food I've ever had. The service is excellent and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable with the menu. Very nice ambiance with beautiful views. I certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone who... More 

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Thank Nicole LM M
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi Nicole. Welcome to our world. We are so delighted that you had a good time and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Your words really inspire us - thank you. Kind regards Forti More 

New Delhi, India
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just Amazing is the word to describe the experience. I was there for dinner on 29th. They have the best wine collection possible. the service is outstanding. There's Live music to make your evening. The food is great specially Italian. A must go for couples. They have outdoor seating looking over the city.

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Thank Amit R
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. I suspect you are talking about my other restaurant Priva upstairs from Ritrovo but I am so glad that you had a wonderful experience. We have tried to make a true fine dining experience but with a wonderful warm atmosphere and great vibe. All our restaurants are an experience because it is not enough to expect just a decent... More 

Bornheim, Germany
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After traveling the country with all possibilities to eat in Restaurants, I missed something. Exactly it was this: Perfect Italian cuisine. Spaghetti Aglio Olio and the Saltimbocca have been perfect and the wines besides as well. No more say. Grazie

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Thank Godot H
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Travellers from Far!!! Sometimes only Italian food will do. Thank you very much for these heartfelt words and please come back to us next time you visit beautiful South Africa. More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very nice evening. The food and wine was amazing combined with great service. Beautiful restaurant

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Thank Cassandra G
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Many thanks for your very kind review. I am glad you found your evening exceeded your expectations. We will always strive for this. More 

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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and wine events at the restaurant is very special. Fortunato and his team are well known and respected for their ability to perfectly pair food and wine. Another must is also the Chefs Table

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Thank John D
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your kind words. Our food and wine events are very special to us. More 

Klerksdorp, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of 4 adults and 4 children enjoyed a most enjoyable evening at Ritrovo for my husband's birthday. The decor is classic with numerous interesting newspaper and magazine clippings and awards on the walls. Our waiter Enos was excellent, with friendly and efficient, but unobtrusive service throughout the evening. The wine selection is impressive. Our Ritrovo fillet for 2... More 

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Thank Elmarie P
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi Elmarie. Thank you so much for your kind words and your lovely comments. It was such a pleasure to have you and the family at the restaurant and we look forward always to your next visit. Kind regards Forti More 

Cha in Pretoria
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

My first experience of Ritrovo was not so good and we decided to give it another try. We arrived at a packed restaurant and I got excited being there. The interior of the restaurant is really dated, but the views are to die for. The staff were very helpful and friendly - service was good. We ordered the lemon salad... More 

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3 Thank Cha123_12
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Madam. You arrived at the restaurant determined not to enjoy yourself. All you could talk about was your extensive knowledge of dining overseas and your superior knowledge of food. While I absolutely agree that your waiter hastily snatched your salad from the cold kitchen service table which was crazy busy before the mint and olives were placed on your... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Having eaten here many times I can say I love the food and setting of this retaurant! Sadly, their service isnt up to scratch, particularly when they try to serve customers and a party of sorts at once.

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Thank 759sineadb
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Diner. I apologise if your service was sub standard. It is something we really pride ourselves on and as the two owners and sommelier and manager on the floor I wish you had brought it to my attention at the time. I see this review was written while our restaurant was still closed for the xmas holidays so I... 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: Seafood, International, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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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