Polpetta is an Italian restaurant located in the dingy 90 Degrees shopping centre in Rivonia. This review is going to be quick and short which is exactly the type of place this was to me. The restaurant never made it on my radar until a friend recommended their pizza. It was only after I tried it that he mentioned that he only ever bought takeaway pizzas which is totally different to a sit down restaurant expectation I had in mind. Situated quite close to my work, I stopped by for dinner one night. There is a relatively small indoor section which spills out into the outdoor seating. It seems to be quite the popular place for family dinners. If you prefer your meals to be kids free then avoid!
The decor emulates old school Italian in need of an update. My most memorable part of dinner was the very friendly manager even though service was not of that same standard. We sat in the outdoor area where there was no real ambience or vibe to speak of. This is not the place to come to for a date or with friends but rather a quick dinner stop for those who are lazy to cook and stay nearby.
We tried the Rostitti pasta with baby marrow, onion, artichokes, aubergine and cherry tomatoes grilled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for R79. Not exactly the type of pasta I am used to in terms or appearance or taste but it was surprisingly good. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the flavours worked well together. An inspired vegetarian dish which is much more preferable to boring napolitana sauce.
I had a simple pizza with mushrooms and pepper for R84. This usually also comes with olives, capers, onions and artichokes but I decided I was keeping it quite simple for the night. The cheese was really cheap – chewy and oily. Disappointly average in the taste department making it not a pizza I would eat again.
This doesn’t feel like an authentic Italian restaurant as advertised. While the prices are good, the food is just okay and not enough to warrant a return trip.
Ring: (011) 804 0415
Hop: 90 Degrees Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia Road & Kelvin Drive, Rivonia,
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