Delicious and Authentic in equal doses- Tortellino D’Oro

Tortellino D’Oro has been one of my favourite Italian restaurants for ages, but I haven’t gotten down to reviewing it until recently because I always go in my personal capacity so it’s a bit awks to whip out an SLR and start taking pics cos whenever I go it’s packed. Recently, I did a review for the Sunday Indy, so I had the opportunity to take pics and ask the owner some questions.

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Established In 1986, this restaurant has grown from 35 square metres to 500. Attributing its success to the passion of the owners, a Bolognese family, Tortellino D’Oro has now evolved into both a restaurant and a delicatessen, offering a huge array of premade pasta sauces, homemade pastas, breads and desserts. Stock up on extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or choose from the wide range of antipasti, including parma ham, mortadella and salami.

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Ice creams are made on site, using the freshest produce available- I tried a couple and was very impressed (Haagen Dazs may see a slight drop in sales)- my favourite flavor was definitely Nutella. The ice cream is served in a bowl made of ice- which is quite novel and cool.

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You’ll also find Italy’s best Panettone, a rich Italian bread made with eggs, fruit and butter, imported directly from the Italian producers themselves.

The signature dish on the menu, hence the name, is homemade Tortellino, R110. It is the shape of a belly button with a filling of parma ham, mortadella, chicken, and parmesan.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the spinach and ricotta cannelloni with a tomato and cream sauce. This also comes in a spinach and ricotta dumpling form which is great ‘cos it has no carbs.

The pasta is pricey, but not out of line when compared to other upmarket pasta spots. Their amazing bread basket makes the slightly hefty pasta price totally worth it 🙂

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Make sure to book- they’re always busy.

Tortellino D’Oro Contact Details:

Open Mon to Sat: 9am to 10pm, Sun: 9am to 3pm

Address: Oaklands Shopping Centre, Corner Kruger and Pretoria Streets, Oaklands

Contact: 011 483 1249. www.tortellino.co.za