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Ritrovo

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103 Club Avenue, Pretoria, South Africa
0124605173
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 90
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  • 35
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 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
Most recent review
Food from the people for the people

Just visited Ritrovo for what is perhaps one of my best meals ever. No fancy plating, no fancy "emulsion", no chi chi just plain and simple food tasting just like the fresh ingredients used should and do. Get ther fast and ask Forti to make up your personal menu.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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159 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Just visited Ritrovo for what is perhaps one of my best meals ever. No fancy plating, no fancy "emulsion", no chi chi just plain and simple food tasting just like the fresh ingredients used should and do. Get ther fast and ask Forti to make up your personal menu.

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Cape Town
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Ritrovo is an institution that had been around a good number of years. This is one of our favourite restaurants that I will always recommend, specifically for special occasions. Food: Ranges from every day pizzas and pastas to dishes such as veal and steak. They have off the menu specials which include dishes like scallops and ozobuco. Freshness and quality... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Monique. Thank you for your absolutely heartwarming review all the way from Cape Town. Please please introduce yourself on your next visit as I would love to thank you in person for these very kind words. I am so glad you had a good time for your anniversary and call me whenever you need that table in the window.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

For years I have been traveling from Johannesburg to Ritrovo in Waterkloof. I have always found it to be a truly rewarding experience as there aren't many restaurants that capture both warm hospitality and quality food. This weekend I experienced their new menu which has kept the traditional dishes but added some really unique dishes that I have not seen... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Tony. It is always a pleasure for us to welcome you at Ritrovo on your weekly visit. The fact you are Italian and appreciate what we do makes your comments that much more poignant for us. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to comment on Ritrovo and thank you for the lovely review.... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Recently visited Ritrovo with family and friends, we all opted in for the Italian feast menu (new menu for the first night) and we were all blown away by the variety and quality and obviously the quantity of food brought to the table... Wine is overpriced although they boast a healthy collection of fine wine! We recommend!!!!

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments and I am so glad you enjoyed our new menu. I look forward to seeing you at Ritrovo again shortly. Best regards Forti Mazzone -owner More 

Roodepoort, South Africa
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I heard many great stories about this restaurant and arrived with great expectations. We were a group of 7 who met for a business lunch and we sat inside the cellar – real authentic feeling. After hearing about the recommendations, we chose our starters and I was really disappointed. Most of us chose according to the chef’s recommendations. Obviously, we... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Mr Davis. I am so sorry you felt the experience was below expectations. We are a very traditional and obviously proudly family owned business and your views really matter to us. I think many people come here expecting very fine dining in the sort of very fancy sense when actually we serve very simple but authentic Italian food with... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The restaurant has a homey atmosphere and the food is a treat for the senses. The fillet comes highly recommended. The specials for the day are communicated to patrons seated at the table. If you are fortunate enough, the chef also showcases his singing talent with renowned Italian opera classics. It is advisable to make a reservation. Food for the... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Talisha. Thank you for your much valued comments and your kind remarks. I look forward to hosting you at Ritrovo again. Please introduce yourself next time and I will sing just for you!! Kindest regards Fortunato Mazzone owner More 

Pretoria
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I recently spent a friend's birthday celebration at this restaurant, visiting it for the first time. And I felt that I had stepped into a little corner of Europe. The food is true Italian, and is honestly delicious. You can taste the fresh ingredients and the love that has gone into making the food. The welcome is open and since... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

WOW Sam. Thank you for your very kind and spontaneous comments. I am glad you enjoyed the music AND the food and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards Fortunato Mazzone - owner More 

South Africa
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We have enjoyed the food and the atmosphere at Ritrovo for many years.It is an old established family run Restaurant by father Giovanni and son Forty the vivacious opera singer and chef.Good Italian food that transfers you back with happy memories to Italy..Only the best imported ingredients are used in Pasta's,pizzas and Lasagna's.High quality meat and fish dishes are lovingly... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Xania. Your comments are much appreciated by Giovanni and I. Thank you sooo much for getting us and what we are about. We hope to feed you for many more happy years. Kindest regards the Mazzones More 

Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Outstanding restaurant, quality of food is surely the best in Pretoria. Fine dining , excellent service, good value.

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful comment. Many kind regards Forti Mazzone - owner More 

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Prices are exhorbitant and not really on par with other restaurants in the area. Being a 'Italian Restaurant' the menu of pastas is not to everyone liking - being a particularly high carbs menus. As I am alergic to gluten, the menu was too limitted for me. On the other hand, for those who enjoy a good wine, the selection... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Sir. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and I must admit to being very dissappointed by your rating of two stars. I must try to give you a comprehensive response. Value is a very subjective thing and we use only the very finest ingredients often not even contemplated by other more commercial restaurants but appreciated... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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