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Posted on: Thursday, 23 February 2012

Cappello Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review

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Cappello Restaurant

Cappello Restaurant

Although the brand has been around since 2001, Cappello is relatively new to the Pietermaritzburg restaurant scene having only opened in the KwaZulu-Natal capital a few months ago. I recently popped in for lunch to see what they had to offer and was rather impressed with my findings.

Originally developed as a coffee shop the brand is now a cocktail café and a rather swanky one at that. The attractive décor and stylish interior finishing’s are indicative of an upmarket venue and although I felt distinctly under dressed for the occasion, I managed to pluck up the courage to make an entrance.

Well-groomed business people of various descriptions sat chatting at their tables, enjoying their drinks and the delicious food that was available. Restaurant manger Rudi was quick to offer me a table near the bar area and I accepted without hesitation.

Musa was my waiter for the afternoon and he promptly took my drinks order followed by my ‘mains’, a light meal of char-grilled chicken breasts with Mediterranean spices, olive oil and lemon, served with the option of chips or salad. I selected the salad which was rather appetising thanks largely to the delicious and tangy salad dressing that accompanied it. The chicken breasts were cooked to perfection, exceptionally tasty and at R56, undoubtedly represented value for money when compared to similar offerings elsewhere.

The Cappello menu is quite extensive offering a selection of cooked breakfasts, light meals such as the aforementioned chicken breasts, salads, burgers, pastas, ciabatta, pizzas, combo meals, platters and a range of delectable desserts such as blueberry malva pudding, chocolate brownies and apple pie. That’s a full house in most people’s books and therefore it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find something to tickle your tastebuds, no matter how particular you may be.

With an average main meal price of R90 eating out at Cappello is also reasonably affordable which taking into consideration the plush setting, is actually quite surprising. Given its location, intended target market and rather varied menu this is a restaurant that should do rather well in Pietermaritzburg. Young businessman and women will like the upbeat vibe, attractive furnishings and the well-equipped bar area while the more fashion conscious will appreciate the overall, upmarket appeal.

Sporting 22 stores in five provinces around the country Cappello is a brand that’s certainly making headway in South Africa and judging by the quality of the food and the high degree of service I received, it’s not hard to see why. This eatery certainly holds true to its slogan of ‘Food, passion, people’ and consequently is well worth a visit.


Capello Restaurant


Contact details:

Telephone: +27 (0)33 342 9354
Physical Address: Shop 1, Maritzburg Arch, 45 Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg

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4 comments about Cappello Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review
  1. March 6th, 2012 at 14:15
    Zinhle Msomi says:

    i loved de atmosphere it was awesome!!!!!

  2. December 18th, 2012 at 16:14
    PM Burger says:

    With all the reviews I heard of this restaurant, I was so looking forward to the experience. I have been to this restaurant twice and I have been disappointed, the last time was worse. In both occasions the service was appalling- it took forever to get drinks and we were alreardy thinking of leaving when our food was served. When it finally arrived, the order was wrong. Although the manager explained that she’s using trainees – I still think a little bit of supprt to them was important-or atleast explain to customers that the waiters were in training. The bill was quick to come though, with mistakes…All in all, this is an upmarket nicely laid out restaurant. I’ll just give this place a last chance, if there aren’t any improvements, well…

  3. February 8th, 2013 at 15:30
    Baby says:

    Cappello is one of the most relaxed places to chill and have fun with your friends. I absolutely love it!…

  4. June 6th, 2013 at 05:36
    Lindelani Gwamanda says:

    I have always wanted to make time and visit cappello in Pmb (hometown)…with the invite of a friend by the name of Sphe who hapens to be a waiter/barman there,,,i found maself seating in the premises…i loved every experience from the service to the bill…all welcoming,,,i just cant wait to be home again and enjoy the upmarket offers of cappello 😉