Pizza Del Forno, Killarney Mall
10:00 - 20:30 Sun to Thurs
10:00 - 21:30 Frid & Sat
Price Range (p/p)
Cheap | Under R100
Medium | R100 - R300
Update: 20 September 2018
New Menu Launch! Click here to read the full review.
Halaal treasure? in Killarney Mall??? What am I going on about?
Hubby and I rarely have alone time between the kids and our crazy schedules, but lately we have adopted new approaches to spending our time. So, when we were invited to Pizza Del Forno to try out their menu, complimentary, we accepted.
If the Halaal Goods Market and Halaal Food Expo is anything to go by, you know that Jozi Muslims love their food! Finding new Halaal restaurants and cafes are worth celebrating via an explosion of instagram posts captioned #finallytriedit #gotmyfix #halaalcertified #whoopwhoop and a few squad pics at the newly launched Halaal franchises.
If you are as fussy as they come, prefer banting friendly meals or hubby prefers real meals that not only look fancy, but actually fill him up, and the kids tastes ping pong from burgers to pizzas and hot wings, Pizza Del Forno exceeds expectations.
Very few actually know about this newly launched gem, so no waiting in line, unless it’s Saturday night… best to call ahead and make a reservation. They are without a doubt family friendly, have baby chairs, and also cater for those in niqaab, offering the use of pardah frames. They also have their own private restroom, and even so, the public restroom are also just outside the venue.
The restaurant is beautifully designed and the decor has a sophisticated, contemporary and yet relaxed feel to it. Neat wooden flooring, a fireplace, face brick walls coupled with stone cladding, from which hang black and white photography, echoing the streets of Italy.
The seating is a combination of comfortable stand alone wooden tables and chairs, with wall to wall sofa booths. There are also 2 large screen televisions, so sports enthusiasts will rejoice! Lighting further complements the natural wood and stone finishes, with a combination of down lighters and weaved basket light fixtures that hang from the ceiling.
The ambiance definitely leans towards a fine dining experience, however the pricing is reasonable, and the menu is possibly the largest Halaal menu I have seen. You will be spoilt for choice! I needed about 15 mins to finally make up my mind on what I wanted to order, and the staff and manager were more than happy to offer up their suggestions.
They offer everything from a full breakfast menu, to authentic Italian pasta dishes, pizzas made in a traditional wood burning oven, burgers and sticky wings to make their patrons go Rocco who? There’s also a variety of grills, Mediterranean dishes, platters, serving chicken, seafood and beef, beverages such as mocktails and monster shakes, with a dedicated coffee bar and more! Could you say all that in one breath? And not to forget, most of it comes in either classic, traditional or gourmet alternatives.
Our waiter was Sly, a hearty chap. We chose booth seats, and were served a Mediterranean platter for 2 as a starter, new on their menu, as if the menu needed any further additions. The platter was a colourful and wholesome presentation of fried haloumi cheese, sticky wings and flame grilled chourico. Each one perfectly cooked, the haloumi was soft and not overly chewy, the sticky wings were literally finger licking good, and the chourico was addictive.
Next we ordered our main meals, I ordered Pollo del Forno which was chicken fillets stuffed with melted brie cheese and Macon, covered in peppery Dijon mustard sauce with a side of roasted seasonal vegetables.
Zakariyya, my husband, opted to try their burgers, made with 100% beef patties. He chose the gourmet mexican nacho burger and requested the guacamole be excluded, as he’s not an avo fan, with skinny chips on the side. They happily obliged.
I enjoyed my meal, it was not my usual order, and being someone who loves to try new items on the menu, it satisfied my curiosity and appetite. The portions are huge. Hubby, notoriously fussy when it comes to eating out, actually stopped to complement the chef.
Drinks were Freddo cappuccino for me and a caramel kit Kat monster shake for hubby, which was also new on the menu. If you love your coffee strong, freddo cappucino fits the bill. If you craving something sweet, their monster shakes are divine, and will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Desert was a chocolate volcano, which is a hot chocolate cake with a molten chocolate centre with the kind of vanilla ice cream I love, that is not too creamy, but deliciously accompanies the chocolate volcano. Serving size is good for one.
Does it meet little finger’s demanding expectations? Yes, absolutely. We ordered pizzas for the kids and they loved it.
I suggest you also try out their chicken schnitzel, golden crumbled goodness and their pastas and blueberry mocktail.
All in all, Pizza Del Forno is high on taste, large in portions and not too bad on the pockets. Hope you enjoyed this review, do tag #stylexplora and #hungryforhalaal when you #getyourfix;)
Listed: 1 November 2017