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“Very good food - Austere setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of il Tartufo

il Tartufo
Ranked #262 of 1,173 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Authentic Italian cuisine
Rosebank, South Africa
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very good food - Austere setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

This has got to be some of the best Italian food that I have ever tasted - divine! The homemade pasta & veal, that amazing asparagus crème brulee - it is all very, very good.

The wine was also good but there were not so many Italian choices.

The restaurant itself just seemed a bit 'cold' - probably as it was not very busy - which is really a shame as this place is well worth supporting. The music could be a bit louder and better so you don't have to whisper over the quietness.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Thuli M
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Date | Rating
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English first
Cape Town, South Africa
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Italian Excellance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

What fantastic food. From the asparagus crème brulee through to the home made pastas - it is a treat. Lovely, friendly service and the cutest Italian chef. Quite sublime.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alice L
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a real Ristorante with a Trattoria (Family run) feel. The service is fantastic, the venue great and the food outstanding. The Italian chef cooks with real passion and feeling, using quality ingredients, which results in food I dream about. I had a Asparagus creme brulee for a starter and a Tortellini Panna e Prosciutto (tortellini with fresh cream end San Daniele ham) which I would recommend to anyone. The meal for two came to R275 excluding wine.
This is a genuine Italian experience and for me the best Italian restaurant in South Africa.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank RYBIE
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Classy Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I was taken to Il Tartufo for my birthday. I was greeted (by name, although we have never met) at the door by Zoran. We received a complimentary bottle of delicious prosecco, in a setting that was genteel, quiet and refined. The waiters were both professional and discreet. I had the Crumbed fried egg with spinach and Taleggio cheese sauce which was a little subtle, masterpiece. My partner had the Vitello Tonatto and nearly ate the plate. He had the pork cheek for mains and I the sea bass. We ended up sharing to double the different textures and flavours. Zoran was always on hand to ensure prompt service. Finished off with espresso and another complimentary liquour, it was a deeply satisfying experience.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GillianC74_13
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Italian at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

You don't have to be a well travelled or knowledgeable foodie to identify the excellent cuisine at Il Tartufo. Just the shear simplicity, good quality ingredients will make any Italian mother or Silver Spoon author envious with gastronomic experience. even the fathers of Italian cooking want to come back and taste Omars cooking.

Omar (the Michelin star chef) creates poetry on a plate with a Venetian undertone. No matter how many times I have been here, I have always walked away wondering if I go back the next time will it be less of an experience... well. Not in this lifetime, I hope for a 1000 more good food experiences from Il Tartufo.



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  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Peterhewer
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