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103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Personal reception when we arrived and taken to table as booked. The whole evening was marked by excepllent service, and the food was really special. Suaces and spices are never overbearing and complimented the taste of the fish or meat perfectly. We highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening!

Thank Krisjan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent place food fantastic wine list the best in Pta ... enjoy with business partners or family professional services

Thank Willem B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came back just for the Zabaione tonight. Difficult to find authentic Zabaione in SA. Once again worth the visit. Hope to be back for dinner soon.

Thank Francois C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a fantastic culinary experience without the stiff environment, then Ritrovo is a great choice! The restaurant is tucked away in a small shopping center so it doesn't feel like you're in a mall & it's not in 'the main' so eating here feels like a treasure found. Great wine selection. Impeccable service! They really do pull out... More 

1 Thank Lauren H
Rustenburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, we know that Ritrovo and Forti (the owner), do opera - sadly we live nearly two hours drive away, and South African artists and venues are notorious for not promoting their events until a few days before thy take place. We have thus not had the opportunity to experience some great musical experiences at Ritrovo. This changed last Friday... More 

Thank IanAshmole
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Ian. Thank you for getting us. See you at Ritrovo soon and thank you for driving two hours to get to us. We value the support. Best regards Forti. More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have often eaten at Ritrovo and have always enjoyed the delicious, authentic if slightly pricey food. On our last visit we went with friends from Johannesburg on a Friday evening. Just as our main course was served, we were promptly treated to several renditions of local opera singers's interpretations of well-known arias. Although the performances were lovely, we did... More 

1 Thank michelefromearth
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

I for once in my life am totally at a loss for words. The one feature that people phone in to specifically ask for was what "spoiled" your meal. The two top sopranos in all of South Africa performing three short arias for you with beautiful sound in a gorgeous restaurant especially for 50 spoiled patrons. The crowd cheered and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a party of ten for a birthday celebration. They have a grand restaurant and a lovely separate Bistro area. We opted for the Bistro. On arrival the Chef suggested that we have the "Specialeta Dello Chef" - The Italian Feast Chefs Table. I was apprehensive as I am always disappointed by the small quantities offered. Well, needless to... More 

Thank Martin B
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi I am so delighted that you enjoyed our feast. We believe it to be well named!! We recall your group fondly and it was such a pleasure to feed such an enthusiastic group of food lovers and please come again soon. Just remember no two feasts are alike. It is always made specifically for your table and what is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great evening, a warm Italian ambiance with excellent service. Apparently recently voted the top Italian restaurant in South Africa. I'm a regular visitor and have consistently had great food. A cellar with over 1000 wines, the place for wine pairing. All meals perfectly matched.

Thank johnmarcgo
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi There. Thank you for your very kind review and taking the time to write about us. Please come again soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our Ritrovo experience - grazie! I nice bottle of wine paired with only specials of the day, we did not even get to open the menu as the specials were so mouth-watering! We were able to witness the Italian "famiglia" culture by witnessing an opera performance for a close family member.

Thank Christo K
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Hi, and thank you for your very kind words. I am glad you enjoyed your experience and the singing and we look forward to hosting you again in the near future. Kind regards Forti More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

food prepared with care and italian enthusiasm. excellent choice of wines and pampered by the staff. patrons are pampered and spoiled. A must.

Thank Ina B
Forti, Owner at Ritrovo, responded to this review

Dear Ina. Thank you for your lovely review. We are the ones who feel pampered now. Please come soon again and let us spoil you all over again. Best regards Forti More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $20
Seafood, International, Contemporary, Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 Club Avenue | Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria 0181, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: 27124604367
Ritrovo was established in 1995 as South Africa's first fully authentic Italian fine dining venue. Over the last 20 years Ritrovo has won more than 50 local and international awards and has become SA's most award winning Italian restaurant. At Ritrovo fresh seasonal ingredients and very traditional Italian regional specialities fuse with old school European restaurant service and a magnificent 10,000+ bottle wine cellar with two internationally qualified sommeliers to guide you through its treasures. With the owners always on hand Ritrovo is an experience to be savoured and enjoyed in comfort.

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