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“Very accommodating”

Illovo Mastrantonio
Ranked #84 of 1,204 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Johannesburg, South Africa
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178 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Very accommodating”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The restaurant was full when we booked but made a plan seat us that Saturday evening. Service was average because they were very busy but I like the fact that they are still hands on. My favourite meal there has always been the prawn pasta - it defies description its so good. My daughter and friends also eat there from time to time and can't fault it either

Visited June 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Milan, Italy
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1,334 reviews
885 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 438 helpful votes
“"italian" food ,quite far from its roots”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I used to come here ,when living in Johannesburg, mainly for nostalgia . now livingback in italy , invited here by friends , i realized in full how far this food is from real italian food . so it is ok, but the polenta i had with my ossobuco was closer to glue than anything else, while the meat was very good. of the 3 other friends, the lucky ones had penne with crab, while the pumpkin panzerotti were drowning in too much sauce . other italian restaurants in South Africa are much better .noise was also quite significant .

  • Visited August 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Simple, elegant Italian eatery”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Simple clean decor and warm friendly vibe, this intimate little Italian eatery in Illovo is consistently excellent. The food is delicious and tastes as if lovingly made by Nonna herself! Wine list is excellent. Staff are well-trained. We have never been disappointed here.

  • Visited July 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Top Restaurant Experience in Jozi!!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Mastrantonio is the best Restaurant Experience in Jo'burg. The food is world class, the service is intimate and the atmosphere cannot be beaten. Add to this the personal attention and charisma of Poalo Scala (owner) and you have a winning combination and a restaurant that you can use for business as well as intimate dinners. I go there every 2-3 weeks. Keep up the good work!!

  • Visited July 2013
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic classy Italian cuisine”
Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

Mastrantonio caters for the more discerning clientele. As an Italian, I consider this to be one of the few real Italian restaurants in Johannesburg. (Most of them are heap pizza / pasta joints).
They have some excellent wines ( be sure to ask as the best ones aren't always on the wine list.
Paolo and his staff go out of their way to ensure you have an excellent experience. The ambience is low-key but inviting. The staff are very good (attentive but not intrusive).
I'll be back regularly.

  • Visited February 2013
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