My boyfriend is from Pretoria. One of my good friends lives in Pretoria & because of that I’ve missioned through to the purple city on my own a couple of times. We find ourselves in Jacaranda Town every so often, visiting family. I’ve always enjoyed it. So when I got an invite from Piza e Vino to come through for a spot of lunch at their Waterkloof store, how could I refuse?
We took a drive through on a Sunday. Our Bun (that’s our beauty of a baby boy) was with us & I hoped (HOPED) that it would be a kid-friendly vibe. We arrived & luckily it was very pram friendly. Happy greetings (you’d think this was the norm but lately I’ve experienced such bad service from the get go at establishments). We were famished & dived right into ordering a few starters… Patat Croquettes, served with a yoghurt & mint dip. Four in a portion meant the servings were generous. Crispy & crunchy, the way it should be. For me, it could have taken the slightest bit more of something… cheesy. But that’s just me – I do like things cheesy (jokes included). Next up was the Calamari Pronto – sauteed calamari squid heads, spring onion, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, white wine, garlic & paprika. Quite a mouthful. A delicious mouthful. Savoury, well seasoned & calamari cooked well. *Ask for extra bread to mop up that sauce*. Beef Carpaccio also made an appearance. Wafer-thin slices, loads of fresh rocket, caramalized onions, crispy capers & spring onion. The carnivores will love this one.
*It must be said that Bun was happily babbling & bottle drinking through all of this, getting loads of smiles from all the waiters*
We enjoyed the breeze wafting through the very open plan, double story restaurant. Red & black colour splashes create a funly vibe, with a mural & colourfully tiled pizza oven sitting proud. There’s a bar upstairs, with a wall highlighting their craft beer range. A spiral wine staircase offers something pleasing on the eye while trying to decide on mains… Speaking of mains, we opted for the “Sharing Is Caring” approach & decided on two dishes that we’d both be happy to nibble on. I put my loathing of ordering risotto at restaurants aside & opted for the Prawn Risotto – cherry tomatoes, zucchini, white wine & lemon zest. I feared I’d be suffering a bad case of order envy with this one. Risotto can go wrong quickly & easily in restaurants. Very Easily! My boyfriend opted for something of a pizza restaurant classic – the pizza. The Parma Verace was chosen – Prosciuto Crudo & fresh rocket. Because simple is always best.
So did the risotto let me down in a big way? Not. Even. Slightly. Great flavour, with firm textured rice (not chalky at all), plump prawns & a generous amount of Parmesan shavings. Fresh rocket offers a peppery finish. The leaves were ever so slightly wilted but I’m putting that down to the incredibly hot day that it was. The pizza, we knew from the start would be good. A thin, crispy crust. Simple flavours that just work. Enough said.
Caster, our fabulous waiter was attentive to a tee. Great service never goes amiss. Good food always draws you back. Honestly, would I return to Piza e Vino again? I would. I mean they helped me overcome my risotto ordering phobia. And that’s pretty big.
*I visited Piza e Vino as a guest. All views however, are my own*