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Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 20/10/02 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/10/02 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Positioned on the R62. First property on the right - entering from Oudtshooren Last property as you leave Calitzdorp - on the left. Look out for our Italian flags on our mobile display donkey cart and trailer.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service, Takeout, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Drive Thru, Dog Friendly, Family style
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Reviewed 19 March 2021 via mobile

Such a great restaurant and lovely, lovely owners! Best Margarita pizza I’ve ever had; (& I’ve had pizza in Napoli, Italy) Thank you for an amazing lunch!

Date of visit: March 2021
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2021

Hi Isabellebotha Glad you enjoyed the pizza and great to hear that we compare well with Napoli, Italy. Hope to see you soon again for more. Thank you. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

Reviewed 24 February 2021 via mobile

Such delightful people and a great pizza. Most definitely a great place to visit. We will come back for more yummy food.

Date of visit: February 2021
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2021

Hi Gloria Great to hear that you enjoyed the pizza - hope you try our other foods - thanaks for the review. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

Reviewed 31 December 2020 via mobile

What an unexpected treat after an unplanned stop whilst driving though the Karoo. Family owned and run, and it shows on the plate. Simple but authentic Italian fare. Lovely views, and charming host. Don’t hesitate to stop if you’re hungry and driving by...

Date of visit: December 2020
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2021

Hi Notdonaldtrump Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit - hope to see you again. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

Reviewed 1 September 2020 via mobile

Pasta great taste and al dente! Pizza great taste and crispy crust! ... all cooked by a real Italian. Espresso very good. AND very friendly owners!

Date of visit: September 2020
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giovannirO781ID, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2020

Hi Guys Glad you had a good experience with us - and especially the coffee. We hope to see you soon again - much appreciated. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

Reviewed 11 January 2020

Perfect venue for a nice glass of Calitzdorp wine and homemade pizza at lunchtime. Giovanni and Wendy are great hosts and the view is outstanding if you enjoy gazing towards the Swartberg Mountains and enjoying the peace and tranquility. You have the choose of sitting...outside and enjoying the heat or inside with the comfort of airconditioning.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2020

Hi John Great to hear you enjoyed your visit. We strive to make our guests visit as enjoyable as possible. Our views are some of the best in town where you can relax and take in the natural beauty of the Klein Karoo with its...More

Reviewed 7 January 2020 via mobile

We was received well but the cost for two "not real" cappuccinos R35, 00 each were a quite expensive.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2020

Hi luisn649 We appreciate your review - sorry to hear you did not like the cappuccinos - in the 4 years this is our first negative review on coffee - we use the latest technology available - NESPRESSO - AND HAVE NEVER HAD SUCH A...More

Reviewed 6 January 2020 via mobile

Excellent Gnocci with Ragu, comfortable with a view and lovely hosts would definitely recommend we enjoyed our lunch stop!

Date of visit: January 2020
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2020

Hi 315melaniel Thank you for your comments - the gnocchi and ragu are family recipes - glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Happy holidays. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

Reviewed 4 January 2020

Lovely views, friendly service and great named pizza’s! This was a lunch stop for a group of 8 friends between Prince Albert and Swellendam. We were a little dismayed when we arrived, because it was more "rustic" than we had expected. The charming hosts quickly...recovered the spirit of our group, who enjoyed their humor and how they handled this large group of noisy Americans. The menu could have been a little more extensive, especially for non-meat eaters, but overall a very pleasant experience and a surprise in such a small town. Definitely highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Hi Peter v An interesting review - thanks for the comments, which are appreciated to allow for improvement. Our food is prepared daily and changes from day to day - we have several vegetarian dishes. We will strive to add more vegetarian variety dishes. Kind...More

Reviewed 22 October 2019 via mobile

Stopped for a quick bite en route to Swellendam and had a lovely pizza. Development work still in progress but pretty authentic pizza and topping options with pleasant views across to the mountains

Date of visit: October 2019
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2019

Hi Karen Thanks for your review - much appreciated. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

Reviewed 12 September 2019

This is 'country kitchen' at its best. Great taste, good value, warm hosts and the most stunning vista from the back porch. Nothing too much trouble, we were treated like royalty!

Date of visit: September 2019
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giovanni r, Owner at Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2019

Hi G7315Plisak Delightful review - much appreciated. Our team has our customer at heart - and we endeavor to go the extra mile - thanks. Hope to see you again. Kind regards Giovanni and Wendy

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Frequently Asked Questions about Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen

Yes, Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen offers takeaway services.

Yes, Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen offers delivery services.

Yes, Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Giovanni's Italian Country Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5