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Ritrovo

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103 Club Avenue, Pretoria, South Africa
0124605173
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 17
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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
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:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Reading, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Starting on arrival with individual and excellent service from Forti himself, and his dedicated and friendly team, until we snuck out the side entrance sometime nearing the witching hour and the wee hours of the morning, our 'Italian Feast' food and wine paring experience in the wine cellar was simply not to be forgotten. Before we received our first bite,... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Wanderer. Please wander over again so we can give you more!!! Thank you for your lovely comments! kind regards Fortunato More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

When you get treated like family and acknowledged as a regular client , Ritovo restaurant sets the bar. Easy atmosphere and super friendly staff make the experience just that more special. I haven't even started on the food ........ A gastronomical orgasm!!!! Proper home cooked authentic food. Cheers!

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Forti, Manager at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your heartfelt and wonderful review. it is clients like you that make our job fulfilling and wonderful. i really appreciate your comments. Please introduce yourself on the next visit so I can thank you in person. Best regards Forti More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Food is delicious. No where in South Africa do you actually find a proper Italian restaurant. Even though it is a bit pricy, the food does deserve it. The atmosphere is great and so is their home made ice cream. I only had a problem with the waiters not coming very often and not hearing properly because we called... More 

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Alexander. Thank you for your kind and insightful comments and for recognising us as true Italian. I am so glad you enjoyed the food and my father Giovanni is delighted you love his ice cream. Your service issue will be addressed and brought up at our waiter meeting and I take your comment to heart and very seriously. Please... More 

Gauteng, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Decided to try this restaurant as they have a very good reputation. I was disappointed in my meal and so was my friends. Out waiter was inattentive and the chef argumentative when we complained. Very disappointing

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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi. I am the "argumentative chef" and the owner who was at your table to give you the specials in person and then was at your table three times through your meal and had a chat with you for at least five minutes and laughed with you about your joke about wanting free Glenmorangie. It was you who then complained... More 

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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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Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Superchef. Thank you for your kind comments and thank you for getting us. It is always a pleasure to feed colleagues and to make people happy. That makes us happy. Thank you for making our day. More 

Cape Town
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant 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 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?