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“Best Meal I Have Ever Had” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante La Trinita

Ristorante La Trinita
Shop G1A , Kyalami Downs Centre | Cnr. Main & Kyalami Boulevard, Johannesburg 1684, South Africa
11 466 7949
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Ranked #8 of 736 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Pretoria, South Africa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Best Meal I Have Ever Had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I have been to this restaurant twice so far and I can't wait to go again-it is fantastic! The decor is very simple and basic but it's a place that I would go to if they served the food on paper plates with plastic chairs, it's just that good. Not only is Lala the best cook I have ever had the joy of meeting but she makes the entire experience feel like you're in her home-she chats to you, explains the food with wonderful passion, makes jokes and will even join your table for cupcakes if you bring them to the restaurant for your birthday (no charge for bringing cake or anything for special occasions). The first time I was there I had Lala's signature Pasta and I couldn't stop eating it even when I was completely full, if she has the 7 layer lasagne available though don't hesitate and order it. It is just completely unbelievable. On the second visit I had mushroom Risotto and again I ate and ate and ate until I physically could not put another forkful in my mouth-I don't know what she does to make her food so spectacular but I hope she keeps on doing it for a while to come because I plan to visit a lot! Besides all that, in what other restaurant does the chef hug you on the way out?

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
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English first
South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“super place to go, very hosts, Lala en Tessa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

super atmosphere, by Hosts Lala and Tessa.
But you have to book, that is why we hardly go.

food is good

Visited August 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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106 reviews 106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This restaurant was chosen by Top Chef around the world to be one of the 101 Restaurants to go. It is in a small shopping center outside of town, They serve great food and atmosphere is homely. Nothing fancy because food speak here.
You have to try the hand made pasta and risotto. Pastas are freshly made and also very light.
Salads are also well made using many kind of leaves.

Before ordering, ask La La (Proprietress) for special of the day. She will sing you the specials and they sound so good, you would wish you had a larger stomach to indulge all.
I recommend you to make a trip to this wonderful restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton, Canada
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

When I planned my trip to South Africa, I was told that if I have a chance while I was in Johannesburg, I should make my way to La Trinita for dinner. I was not disappointed at all. There were five of us dining that night and upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted like family. The owner, Lala, introduced herself to us and sat at the table and went through the menu with us. She made everything sound so good ,that although I was at a table of almost strictly carnivores, we ordered the Melanzane starter and the boys just demolished it. Lala came back to the table and talked to us about the mains that we were thinking of. My partner had the gnocchi, which was made only when it was ordered. For a special that night they were offering a salmon filled gnocchi and it was amazing. Another member of our party was going to order a taglioloni, but after being informed that it wasn't a saucy pasta he agreed to have a pasta made specially just for him, with beef and a tomato sauce. We each had something different and we all had samples of each other's and there wasn't one item on that table that was not finished. The portions were a good size, not too large. I almost never finish a pasta dish in a restaurant but there was not a scrap remaining of the panzerotti which I ordered. I cannot say enough wonderful things about La Trinita and I strongly recommend dining there is one is in the neighbourhood. Fantastic!!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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