Hello Joburgers, we’ve loved this restaurant for years. We’re not at all ashamed to admit…
Italian cuisine is said to come from the hearts and minds of Italian families being passed down from generation to generation. It is a language, it is a celebration and it is simplicity in everything from the ingredients to the final plating.
Pomodoro Ristorante embodies just that. Husband and Wife owners Stefano and Marina Mas opened Pomodoro in its original location 12 years ago and have since amassed a loyal following of food lovers that return time and time again. Their love for cooking authentic Italian meals – with an occasional modern twist and unique influence – as well as their motto of excellence and meticulous attention to detail sets them well apart from your usual Italian fare.
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This beautifully designed, contemporary yet classic Italian Ristorante now situated in Morningside Mall is an upmarket dining experience without pretentious frills or bells and whistles that caters to a discerning customer looking to experience indulgent, rustic, home-style cooking. The menu is influenced by recipes passed down from Stephano’s grandmother, mother and extended family and all hold a sense and taste of authentic and traditional Italian cuisine that’s truly made from the heart. With a focus on top-quality ingredients, simplistic cooking methods and a life-long passion for food, Stefano and his team ensure that every plate that leaves the kitchen is served with flavour, richness and the signature Pomodoro touch.
The menu offers all the traditional classics from Neopolitan style pizza’s, delicious homemade linguine pasta with pesto, tagliatelle with beef and veal ragu, homemade ravioli filled with prawn and basil mousse, gnocchi with gorgonzola, lasagna and risotto. The menu is not overly complicated or overthought but rather simply designed and executed with meals that are wholesome and of generous portion size.
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But, let’s start right at the beginning with the mouth-watering selection of antipasti (starters) that are on offer. From a light Caprese salad with fresh creamy buffalo mozzarella to Parmesan baked brinjals, salmon carpaccio, pan-fried prawns and our personal favourite antipasto misto – a variety of cold meats and cheese served with toasted ciabatta bread and imported marinated vegetables – to lip-smacking salads (yes, you heard right) there is simply nothing left desired. We opted to start our meal off with Stefano’s recommendation; a classic margarita pizza with buffalo mozzarella and it was absolutely unforgettable; a thin, crispy base, sweet tomato sauce, creamy fresh cheese and fragrant basil. It was the perfect start to our meal. Next, as per Stefano’s recommendation was pasta, specifically a homemade egg tagliatelle dish with the most indulgently rich porcini mushroom, saffron and whisky sauce and a dish that caught our eye from the very start, penne with prawn meat, fresh diced tomato, onion and tequila – if just the thought of that combo doesn’t make you drool, we don’t know what will.
The menu is also host to top-notch meat and seafood dishes, if you’re not particularly in the mood for pizza or pasta and has something for the most discerning of palates. Try the line fish fillet in foil with olives, capers and tomatoes, the lightly crumbed and grilled Falklands calamari tubes or the grilled prawns or, for something a little heartier, the veal minute steak with a creamy mushroom and truffle sauce, the Florentine style 700 grams super matured T-bone steak with olive oil and rosemary or the black pepper and mascarpone cheese stuffed chicken breast with a creamy mushroom and truffle sauce serve as the ultimate treat! Don’t forget to pair your meal with a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. There’re over 170 bottles to chose from.
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Dessert was an oh-so-decadent! 70% Belgium dark chocolate mousse with berries. It ticked every single box with its smooth creamy texture, rich, dark flavour and tart raspberry accompaniment. Yum!
We most certainly left Pomodoro Ristorante feeling like we had just travelled to Italy and we are sure you will too!
Morningside Shopping Centre Rivonia Rd, Morningside
011 883 1854
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