VILLA SAN GIOVANNI in PRETORIA
For over 25yrs this dedicated family has been dishing out a selection of meals and homemade desserts that will tantalize your palate! From the moment you arrive till the moment you leave, the warm and friendly atmosphere will really make you feel right at home. With the owner firmly in the kitchen cooking up a storm and creating a blend of spectacular Italian and Mediterranean flavors, fresh ingredients and tasty dishes are the order of the day. Our highly specialized wine list is designed to compliment the menu bringing you a variety of taste experiences that will delight your senses, boasting a selection of over 100 wines, from the very best of the cape to the finest of Italy. Discover the finest cultivated wines in our eye ‘catching’ cabinet. Rare wines are also available, turning a relaxed evening into a wine tasting affair that will proof a truly unique experience. Villa San Giovanni’s success is undoubtedly due to the combination of its people, its food and its undeniable flair and thus has over the years become a destination restaurant by choice! So why not come and pay us a visit and see for yourself!
No matter how many times one eats at Villa San Giovanni, there is always a traditional Italian taste to be experienced for the first time. The food is a true celebration of southern Italian flavours that have been carefully prepared by the owner and Chef Giovanni Maiorana.Their story starts back in 1981 when Giovanni took a leap of faith and moved to South Africa together with his wife Maria and two young sons, Christian and Luca.Giovanni started as an employee at the Wonderboom Airport cafÃ© and before he knew it, he was the new owner ofâ€Wonderboom Airport restaurantâ€ as it was then known to all its patrons.This family run restaurant did not stop there they have ever since been innovating and changing with the times creating a restaurant where Italian passion flows through its cosy dÃ©cor its wine and its magnificent food. The fine dining area is the perfect location for a romantic evening with music in the background on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays or a joyous family celebration.Or if itâ€™s a relaxed atmosphere you are after the terrace is the ideal place, with a spectacular view of the runway and on Sundays jazz playing in the background, whilst you enjoy our signature pizzaâ€™s or maybe a cocktail!Summer time is here, and what better time but now to enjoy delicious homemade Italian ice-cream, pop in to vsg and thats exactly what youâ€™â€™ll get real delicious Italian gelato.Their newly renovated Cafeteria, which now boasts a new bar, plasma screens, and peaceful dÃ©cor has something for everyone, whether to enjoy a good plate of pasta or just to sit back and watch your favourite sport, while the kids have fun whilst playing in their new kids play area â€œChristianaâ€™s playgroundâ€ which is also the perfect venue for kids parties, which can be arranged in all different themes, and all the parents have to do is sit and enjoy, as they plan the entire event. This goes for any type of celebration or function you might want to have. All can be done for you with no hassles.They also own the hotel â€œVilla San Giovanni Accommodationâ€ which is upstairs in the airports main terminal building, which is run by Christianâ€™s wife Tanya Maiorana.This convenient location at the airport also offers quick and easy access to the city as well as the reassurance of 24 hour security protection.Designed in keeping with modern day conveniences, each of the11 en suite, air-conditioned bedrooms have been carefully styled for comfort and relaxation. Guests can enjoy uninterrupted views of the runway by day and night from the rooms and can continue to do so by steeping down for breakfast on the terrace. The rooms include 1 luxury room, 5 single bedrooms and 6 Double bedrooms. For a more luxuries evening we also recommend that you stay over in the spacious luxury suite which is fully equipped with all the usual luxuries and conveniences. The suite also has its own private balcony overlooking the runway and Jacuzzi spa bath. Making it a perfect setting for a romantic evening or honeymoon night.â€œGathering around a table is how our family expresses love and friendship, the restaurant is our home, although the menu might change along the years, the consistency that comes from having Giovanni in the kitchen never does. So itâ€™s very natural to always find any family celebration being celebrated in the restaurant.â€The Maioranaâ€™s passion for food and the familyâ€™s natural Italian hospitality is what has transformed a small Airport cafÃ© into one of Pretoriaâ€™s most sort after restaurants, no wonder itâ€™s amongst the oldest Italian restaurants in Pretoria with the same owner! â€œThe name of our restaurant symbolises our familyâ€™s long journey as well as the traditional, easy going, friendly southern Italian culture in which Giovanni grew up in and therefore what we eat lies at the heart of what the Maiorana family is. Food is always used to mark rites of passage and to celebrate life; our meals always provide a connection to the past as we reminisce the good old times back home in Italy.â€
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