On Friday, 29 May, we headed off to Stellenbosch (yes, again!) for lunch. Unfortunately, the restaurant where we have booked, failed to deliver. We took one bite and decided to go elsewhere.
As it is difficult to find a parking space in Stellenbosch and we were parked in central town, we decided to take a stroll down the avenues in search of a new restaurant. It was an overcast, wintery day in the Western Cape, so we hoped to find a cosy venue. Luckily, after a few metres of walking, we saw it. Gino’s – what could be better on a day like this, than an Italian restaurant?
It was packed when we entered the foyer of the restaurant (at the first restaurant we were the only clients). We were seated in the covered garden area which was filled with many other clients who were chatting lively and enjoying meals and drinks. It was a very cosy setup with heaters all over which made for a very lovely wintery venue.
Gino’s Restaurant was the brainchild of the Mazza family and the business is run in true Italian style. The restaurant in Stellenbosch was started in 1996 in Die Boord shopping centre, but has recently relocated to Dorp Street in the historical building of De Kelder. Their ethos is on serving family meals, which is good food at reasonable prices. Even the prices of the wines on offer are hard to beat.
I ordered Pasta Arrabbiata with bacon, tomato, chilli and garlic and Deon ordered the Vitello Reale, which is crumbed baby beef with ham, mozzarella cheese, covered with Reale sauce and served with fettuccini. Both meals were perfect.
Well done, Gino’s, we’ll be back soon!