Pretoria has become a culinary destination, with Forti’s Grill & Bar in Time Square, highly recommended by local foodies. An evening there generously celebrates la dolce vita – chef proprietor Fortunato Mazzone and his team provide a lively atmosphere.
The expansive, palate-pleasing menu caters well for vegans and those seeking gluten-free pasta options. The more serious diner may choose the five-course gastronome or nine-course ultra-tasting menus. Start with the buffalo mozzarella with spinach, black truffle, roasted garlic and anchovy, or the perfect mushroom risotto. Mains are a big deal – the sole, ravioli and steak are equally generous in portion size and flavour, and the crispy pork belly with pickled ginger is sublime. The fillet Ritrovo remains on the menu due to popular demand.
Fortunato cooks with whatever is in season. His cooking style is uncomplicated southern Italian with the emphasis on ingredients – inspiration comes from his Italian heritage, the food of his father and his annual pilgrimages abroad. “I absolutely adore travel and seeing new places and trying new flavours and ingredients. But the ingredients of my local area also excite me very much. The freshness and relevancy of my ingredients matter a lot to me. My clients must know I have a pedigree in this business and I carry a proud heritage of successful restaurateurs. I come from a background of true hospitality. It is part of my makeup. And I am grateful for it,” declares Fortunato proudly.
“It is about service, ambience and the indefinable X factor. People want to be entertained and want to feel special. They will remember the way you made them feel long after they remember the taste of a dish.” Chef proprietor Fortunato Mazzone
Address: Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria, 0010
Phone: 012 003 6180