Do you love Italian food? Do you want to taste the most delicious Italian food in the history of ever? Obviously you answered yes and YES to both of those questions so I’m going to tell you a little secret. Yes, you don’t have to travel all the way to crazy-far Italy to get it because there’s a a quaint little Italian spot serving the most yummy, Authentic Italian grub right here in Joburg! No jokes, if you haven’t been to That’s Amore Ristobar then you need to drop whatever it is you’re doing, pick up the phone and book a table now.
You will find the little eatery tucked away on 4th Avenue Parktown North and while restaurants located on the lesser-known road seem to come and go, That’s Amore is still going strong. The eatery opened its doors about a year ago and quickly became a firm favourite with locals and Italian expats. When I visited the eatery I was surprised to find that full blooded Italians, not just South African born Italians regularly frequented the spot because it was one of the best places in Joburg to find an authentic taste of Italy. If that doesn’t make them legit then nothing will! The eatery is owned and run by super passionate, Italian born Chef Lorenzo Corleo so it’s no wonder that they have a firm grasp on what it means to serve up authentic Italian food.
Of course the decor also helps – warm and romantic ambient lighting teamed with clay coloured walls, traditional red and white table clothes, wooden tables and splashes of greenery all work together to make you feel like you’ve just stumbled upon an authentic Italian cafe. The eatery might be small but it’s packed with charm and you’d feel quite comfortable enjoying a romantic dinner for two or a relaxed but lively family dinner in this intimate spot.
But enough about that, let’s get back to that incredible food I was talking about. Serving lunch and dinner, That’s Amore hits the spot no matter what time of day you’re dining there. I was lucky enough to sample quite a few different dishes from the menu and while I left there feeling fuller than Kim Kardashian’s closet it was beyond worth it. So why is their food so darn great? It’s simple; they’re Italian through and through. The eatery imports most of their key ingredients (such as the flour, Olive Oil, Melanzane and Mozzarella) straight from Italy so diners know that they have nothing but the best on their plate. They also make sure they pair these imported ingredients with the freshest local ingredients to make a match made in heaven.
Some of my favourite dishes from my Italian feast at That’s Amore include the Caprese Salad (Imported Buffalo Mozzarella, slices of tomatoes, Italian Virgin Olive Oil and oregano – R116) starter, Ossobuco Del Burbero (Veal shin with green peas, onion and white wine, served with polenta – R185) main and the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (homemade Gnocchi in terracotta dish with imported Buffalo Mozzarella and a cherry tomato sauce – R106). But having said that, the thing that really stood out for me at That’s Amore, that really made the food pop is the sauces. Dish after dish, the different sauces that came with each dish were beyond amazing. I wanted to mop it all up with bread and then lick the plate it was so good.
Catering to the discerning customer, That’s Amore is a must-visit for customers who don’t mind paying a little more for the best. Their portion sizes are super generous and you can be shared family style so everyone gets a taste of the deliciousness at the table.
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.