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“One of Cape Town's best restaurants” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Magica Roma

Magica Roma
8 Central Square Shopping Centre, Pinelands 7405, South Africa
021 5311489
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Pinelands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Albufeira, Portugal
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176 reviews 176 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“One of Cape Town's best restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

We have been eating at Magica Roma for over 20 years and it is still one of the best Italian restaurants in Cape Town. The food has been consistently excellent throughout all these years and it is extremely difficult to get in without a reservation. Owners Ezio and Franco are very much hands on and always in the kitchen and restaurant to ensure that everything runs smoothly and customers are happy. An extensive menu offers a great selection of pizzas, pastas, beef, veal, seafood and chicken dishes. Wonderful starters hot and cold, include carpaccio, homemade soups, mussels, prawns, roasted peppers, artichokes and asparagus al forno and much more. Great salads and vegetarian options.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
edinburgh
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Family restaurant with fabulous cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

I used to work at Magica Roma when I was at uni, a good 12 years ago! Its one of the restaurants I always have to go back to when I am in Cape Town. This is a family restaurant and is always fully booked, off the tourist track in Pinelands. Etzio and Franco are wonderful hosts - and if you get to chat to them will always recommend something special and delicious. Marco comes around to recommend great wine and with the Grappa trolly if you are feeling brave. This is not fine dining but good hearty italian cooking. Pizzas and pastas are amazing. I ALWAYS have the calamari with grilled, thinly sliced veg, which is my favourite. Desserts are equally good, with the ice cream being home made. Try the semifreddo or chocolate mousse.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent good, great ambience and service to match”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We have been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. Not only does it have an excellent menu but the chef is always happy to prepare something extra special for you. A great wine list and the service is excellent. You will not be disappointed!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Consistent quality, excellent value !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

There has to be a reason why this restaurant is nearly always fully booked for both lunch and dinner. The answer lies in the fact that you get attentive service from the efficient waitrons and the owners, Etzio and Franco, authentic Italian cuisine of consistently high standard, and also reasonable prices and a decent wine-list. Ask either owner what he recommends and you will get some excellent suggestions that may not appear on the menu. They will prepare a heavenly porcini or seafood risotto that take a few minutes extra to prepare but are well worth the wait. The seafood soup is outstanding, as are the pizzas and pastas. Remember to book early !

  • Visited September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ra'anana, Israel
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163 reviews 163 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

This restaurant is situated in Pinelands, about 20 minutes from Cape Town, but always busy, and rightfully so.We booked, which was just as well as it was full, and started ordering. Since my sister knows the boss, it was he that took our order. All that we ordered was quick in coming and tasty to the palate. There are hot vegetables for the main dishes, service quick and efficient with always a smile.Parking is just outside and not a problem.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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