Ghidoli – Joburg restaurant

ghidoli Italian restaurant

After a recent trip to Italy, my husband and I were on the lookout for some good Italian food closer to home. When we heard about Ghidoli, a true Italian restaurant situated at Broadacres Shopping Centre in Sandton, we simply had to go! Owner Ferdinando “Ferdi” Ghidoli grew up in the Tuscan countryside, which is where his passion for food started. During this time, Ferdi learned a lot from his mother and “grannies” on how to prepare all the dishes that make his menu so authentic.

We start our lunch with a selection of antipasti freddi (or “cold starters”, for our English-speaking readers) – the generous carpaccio di manzo (beef carpaccio) makes it almost difficult to finish the delicious antipasti caldi (hot starters) of supplì (deepfried mozzarella-stuffed rice balls in Napoli sauce). Because our eyes are always bigger than our tummies, we also order some bruschetta for the table – yum!

For mains, we order pizza and pasta to take us further down this trip on memory lane. I opt for the linguine gamberi (fresh home-made pasta with prawns sautéed in tomato sauce and basil), while hubby dearest goes for the olimpo pizza (a basic margherita topped with bacon, feta and avocado). The ingredients are fresh and the portion sizes are extremely hearty, closely resembling the popular family-style Italian cooking. Other options on the menu include a great selection of fish, meat and vegetable dishes.

We decide not to have dessert (to avoid another case of eyes too big), so we both opt for coffee. Fortunately, no one frowns when we order a cappuccino after 11am (it is very uncommon to see Italians enjoy a cuppa after lunch or dinner). I can say, though, that dessert options include torte del giorno (cake of the day), chocolate mousse, tiramisu, and panna cotta.

Overall, it is a bellissimo meal in a lovely restaurant. The prices are affordable and the portion sizes are big enough to ensure leftovers, so, go hungry!

SHOP 13, PHASE 2 BROADACRES SHOPPING CENTRE, C/O CEDAR AND VALLEY ROADS, BROADACRES, FOURWAYS; 011-511-2616; GHIDOLI.CO.ZA

BY IMKA WEBB

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