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Ritrovo

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103 Club Avenue, Pretoria 0065, South Africa
0124605173
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 98
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 13
    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
Despite the lack of electricity it was good

Visited in the middle of one of the rolling load-shedding blackouts that are a current feature of life in SA. The food is reasonably standard Italian fare but all of good quality, well cooked and seasoned. I had caprese salad (a very good mozzarella) and then a pasta dish in a creamy sauce. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
arborfieldman
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Reading, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Pretoria
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ritrovo is a "never fail- always excellent" choice. Saturday, 20 June 7 of us enjoyed the most scrumptious dishes, one better than the other . I had the oxtail - magnificent! The "shoulder of lamb for 2" was extra ordinary and "fillet for 2" melted in the mouth... an more than ample portion, (if you cannot finish, you take a... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Madam. Thank you for your wonderful review and your motivating comments. We really appreciate the time you took out to write about us. Please introduce yourself to us on your next visit so I have the opportunity to thank you in person. I have placed your review on our staff notice board for them to read and feel motivated... More 

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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Been there a few times. Food is so-so! I have had better. Rather expensive considering you eating flour 90% of the time. The drinks are expensive, but I guess all restaurants aim for a 300% mark-up on booze! Will I go back? Hmmmmm..... Maybe for a pizza if all else fails!

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Mr toolman. We will try and bring the food up to our usual 10/10 on your next visit, but I assure you that what we serve is not flour and water. Perhaps you can also consider the quality of your napiery, hand blown crystal stemware, two qualified sommeliers on hand to guide you with wine service, 10000 plus bottle... More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

What started as a Friday night I simply did not feel up to making dinner and decided on going to Ritrovo for a hearty meal during winter, turned into a truly unforgettable evening. As always, the food was superb, and the recently introduced authentic Italian dishes truly makes the menu one of a kind. The service was up to the... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you for your fabulous review and your comments on our new sommelier team. We are always striving to introduce improvements to the Ritrovo experience and Marko and Angie are an integral part of our plan for the future at Ritrovo. Recommending the right wine is not about price, it is about getting the right wine for the client... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We have been a lot at Ritrovo during our stay in Pretoria and it was always a good experience. Attentive and friendly waiters, excellent food, nice setting and occasionally the owner starts with his opera singing:-). We were eating ourselves through the menu and all we ate was of excellent quality and a good portion in quantity. For me the... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Thank you to our guests from far away. We remember you well and we are so glad you enjoyed your visit here. God willing you can come back to our beautiful country and to our restaurant again so we can spoil you some more. kind regards Fortunato (the singer :)) More 

Polokwane, South Africa
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

The only positive is that you can choose a small wine for the same price as it's 750ml equivalent. We visited This establishment about 2 years ago and it was great. Must admit that tonight was quite disappointing! The waiter arrogant and unfriendly; music too loud; food plated Slap Dash; comparing this quite expensive Italian restaurant to others, we won't... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Madam. We read your review aghast. Our team have been with us for more than twenty years and you can read through all our reviews. I have never had a client complain about loud music or an arrogant waiter. Our music is always soft background Italian music. The only time it ever goes loud is when I sing. As... More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Forti always make you feel welcome and ensures that all the food is just perfect. Been going to Ritrovo for over 10 years and has always been fantastic

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Mr Botha. It is regular clients like you who inspire me to even do better. Come and visit again soon so I can introduce you to our new Sommeliers which I believe will make your experience even that little bit more special. I thank you for taking the time to talk about us. Best regards Forti More 

Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Fantastic food with attentive service and real care. Forti is there to help you enjoy the experience, the food is well prepared using true back to roots methods with true rich flavours. Service is no obtrusive but attentive. waiters and hosts are well versed in the menu and the wine list and are able to suggest the best combinations for... More 

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Dear Chef. Thank you for your kind words and I am so glad that you enjoy our type of more discrete European style service. This means a lot to me coming from you. Best regards Forti More 

Irene, Gauteng, South Africa
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I actually don't want to review Ritrovo as I want to keep it a secret! Chef Fortunato Mazzone is my Italian food hero. Fresh, light, beautiful plates just keep coming. What I love is that though very upmarket the restaurant is not pretentious, and my kiddies get the same quality of food and attention as any guest. Oh, beware -... More 

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Forti, Manager at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Jonathan, thank you for your lovely words and your inspirational message. If I ever influence your food choice too much tell me to buzz off hahahaha. Its just that I get so excited by my food that I prepare on special. I am always inspired by great ingredients and I love my clients to share in these things. See... More 

Saffron Walden
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We visited Ritrovo at the end of March to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday. We were a group of 28 and what an experience it was for all. Forti helped my wife set up a fixed menu with several choices for each course to suit all palates and his staff were very helpful with the choosing of the wines to... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Sir. Thank you for these very kind words. if people choose us for such a special occasion we of course must always deliver in making that a night to remember. We were honoured to have you and appreciate your business. Our very best regards Fortunato. More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Visited in the middle of one of the rolling load-shedding blackouts that are a current feature of life in SA. The food is reasonably standard Italian fare but all of good quality, well cooked and seasoned. I had caprese salad (a very good mozzarella) and then a pasta dish in a creamy sauce. The lack of electricity gave the place... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi There. Thank you for being so understanding about the lack of power. it really of course hampers our natural functioning in the kitchen but as long as you had a good time we are happy. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Kindest regards Forti. More 

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Additional Information about Ritrovo

Address: 103 Club Avenue, Pretoria 0065, South Africa
Phone Number: 0124605173
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
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
Average Prices: USD $15 to $20
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 103 Club Avenue, Pretoria 0065, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: 0124605173

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $15 to $20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

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