Excessive quoting of La Dolce Vita, wasting hours on the internet researching Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel and belting out bad renditions of Pavarotti in the car(to the dismay of everyone you’re carpooling with)are all signs that the heart is pining for Italy. Leave the opera to the professionals and give yourself a real taste of Italy at Gambino’s with two Regina pizzas or two portions of Spaghetti Bolognaise or one of each for R55.
Combining authentic cuisine and a playful ambience with all the flair of old film noir, you might expect to see the other diners at Gambino’s wearing pinstriped suits, talking in hushed voices and glancing surreptitiously out the window. You’ll probably be surprised to see Rietfontein carpark rather than the The Colosseum or the Leaning Tower of Pisa when you can eventually bring yourself to leave.
The inspired menu only adds to the feeling that you’ve just stepped into an old mafia film. Under the Chicago Mob section, you’ll find thin-based pizzas, fired in wood-burning ovens and topped with real Italian ingredients. True pizza fans will appreciate the simplicity of the Regina, probably the most authentic you’ll find without hopping a 12-hour flight to Sicily. The Spaghetti Bolognaise featured under The Commission is classic Italian pasta the way your mom has never been able to make it.
Instead of breaking your mom’s heart by simply telling her that her bolognaise just isn’t as good as Gambino’s, take her along and let her see for herself.
Pasta Fact: The largest portion of Spaghetti Bolognaise ever eaten was during a scrabble-tournament in the early 1930’s. Zsa Zsa Gabor ordered the equivalent of eleven bags of pasta while playing her championship game against an anonymous opponent, known simply as The Rubber Window.