FIFA, football and vuvudecibels are all very well – until your favourite team loses. That’s when you’ll probably want a little comfort morsel or two to take your mind off your misery. Alternatively, your team might have won and there will be the need to celebrate with good friends, superlative food and the friendliest service in Johannesburg.
…And doesn’t Col ‘Cacchio just deliver in spades!!! Now I’m sure all Col ‘Cacchio branches in the franchise are great restaurants – but the outlet at World Wear in Fairlands Johannesburg, in my opinion, is several lengths ahead of any other pizzeria this side of The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe.
I’ve eaten there no less than 30 times and I’m STILL waiting to catch them on an ‘off’ day. Your experience starts as you approach the restaurant. Seductive aromas lure you towards the front door, where a 10Megawatt smile and a welcome radiates from any staff member who happens to be nearest.
Waiters are friendly, yet discreet – personable, without being those nauseating bouncy individuals that you’d like to shoot with either a tranquilizing dart or a 12 bore. Every waiter I’ve spoken to knows the menu well and is empowered to make most menu variations a reality for you. Passion bubbles out of everyone at this particular outlet; not only a passion for Italian food, but South African hospitality and friendliness.
As you will see in future eating-out critiques, I will attempt to retain a sort of scoring consistency by initially defining my perception of the target market, thereby comparing apples with apples, so to speak.
- Pizzas: Paper thin, crispy, flavourful crusts.
- Tomato base – unsurpassed.
- Ingredients – only the best. It is what I would serve my dearest friends at home.
- Salads – fresh, crisp ingredients without being water-logged. Addicted to your Scampi Salad.
- Desserts – Si si!! Molto Delizioso!!
Col ‘Cacchio Fairlands – Your passion is contagious and I now have it in the chronic form. You are the yardstick against which all other pizzerias will be measured.
|Category||# out of 10||Notable Points|
|Perceived target market||*||Family restaurant – but definitely several levels above your steakhouse chain.|
|Date & Time of last visit||*||25 June 2010– 17:30|
|Welcome/greeting||10||Greeting is always there. They always appear genuinely happy you came.|
|Manager visible?||9.8||Of the approx. 30 times we’ve been there, I’ve only not seen a managing person twice, and that’s because we’d eaten there at about 3pm.|
|Quality of staff||10||Never had a bad experience|
|Ambiance||10||Convivial, happy, vibrant. A great place to take friends|
|Table appearance||10||Well set out. Clean. Love the salt n’ pepper dispensers. The brown paper table covers invite you to have a good time.|
|Menu variety & flexibility||10||The menu variety is enormous! I’ve had guests ask for some complex variations – never been let down.|
|Cleanliness||10||Simply put, the place is spotless. Food prep areas visible to the public are regularly cleared down. Even when kids have been at tables, the mess is discreetly but efficiently taken care of.|
|Service||10||Can’t fault it. Our orders were taken and delivered faultlessly. They’re great sales people too – with helpful suggestions. Without the hard-sell unpleasantness.|
|Promptness||10||Never had to wait more than 20 minutes – and that was when the place was heaving!|
|Food – presentation||10||Always outstanding – whether a pizza, a salad or dessert.|
|Ingredient quality||10||You simply DON’T see bruised avos, droopy lettuce or second rate meat.|
|Taste||10||An eruption of flavour. If it was any better – it would be illegal.|
|Delivered as advertised||10||Oh yes! And more.|
|Worth the spend||10||Definitely. While this is not a budget eatery – it is far from pricey. And I reckon it’s worth every cent.|
|Worth going again||10||Count on it!!!|
|Total Score||149.8||Out of 150|
I think we have our World Cup winners right here.
I am not sponsored by, nor do I receive any benefit from any restaurant visited. This is a private individual’s opinion, based on several years restaurant and food experiences. You are encouraged to form your own opinions.