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This is by far my favourite spot! Nothing slaughters a Saturday or Sunday afternoon better than an ice-cold cold drink (or draught) in hand, a delicious large self-designed pizza on its way and watching my little superhero having the time of her life playing outside and breathing in fresh air.
Making your way there is quite easy and parking used to be a bit of a schlep; really. Not anymore though. If you couldn’t find a parking bay at the entrance, you were forced to drive a bit up the hill and park in a little veld outside the centre… with security at least. And making your way there and back, was a long hike. Now they extended the parking area in front of the place for quicker access.
As you walk in, you will find a few little stalls or shops which gives the place a small market vibe which I admit, my friends just love. Ladies, it also includes a small little salon/spa in case you have that urge to spoil yourself even more.
If you hit left by the entrance, you will be going into the covered seating area. This area is nice if you want some privacy and at times will find a live band playing. You will also find a large pond with a few animals around; like this massive Rooster that’s bigger than any dog I have ever seen. #justsaying. You will also find a few ducks there giving you that whole outdoor nature vibe. The best part of this area is the rather entertaining musicians and performers. This gives the whole section a pleasant and uplifting vibe. I am sure you will find a spot to dance once you have had a few drinks… #winkwink.
If you hit a right by the entrance, you will be going into the outdoor family seating area. This is by far my favourite spot at Picolinos Africa. Here you will find a large open grass covered area with small thatch roof spots to sit just off the grass. Your little superheroes can play and run wild here. The play area includes a small track with some peddling go-carts, a small little kiddies shop, swings and a medium sized jungle gym where kids can climb and play.
Picolinos also recently added a square fenced off area where smaller kids can play with smaller toys. The only part that puts me off from the family area is that many people bring their pets there. I don’t think a Husky should be in an area like this unattended while having drinks… it scares the kids and it’s dangerous. #justsaying
Once you are seated, a waiter will approach the table and ask you for your drinks order. They have most drinks and what usually works for me is an ice-cold Castle draught… with a half a shot of lime.
Once you have placed your drinks order the waiter will either give you a menu or a ‘pizza ingredient list’ for you to design your own pizza. Pick the Pizza list! Pizza at Picolinos is the best pizza in Jozi. Fact! I have been at a few places already and nothing compares to Picolinos pizza. Did I say you can put anything you can think of on it? Yip. I pig out there all the time and the pizzas are so good and so filling, I always have leftovers which lasts for me the rest of the day or even until the next day! There is nothing wrong with cold pizza, ok?!
I enjoy the fact that they don’t take your leftovers away but rather bring you an empty pizza box so you can do it yourself. This is great when you can add all the leftovers into one box like my friends and I do.
The service is ok. I have had better service. I think it’s because it’s such a large place and the family area is kind of cut off from the rest of the vibe. The one thing that sucks is that when my glass is about to go empty, I should have a waiter already at my table ready to order the next drink. Picolinos is not the place for that. #justsaying. Make sure you spot your waiter and signal him to come to your table when needed. They could probably do with more waiters too.
The bill is a simple process… if you are paying by card they accept all major cards.
That is my Picolinos Africa experience, and I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience. If you have been there and would like to comment, please do so below. I would love to engage with you more and lets grab a beer there!
Enjoy these few pictures of Picolinos, take care and be safe!
Rustic Timber Centre, 42 Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton
Monday & Tuesday: 9am - 10pm
Wednesdays - Saturdays: 9am - 12am
Sundays: 9am - 10pm
+27 11 467 0618
064 695 0079
Good. Because the area is so big, the waiters don't always see you.
They offer most drinks including cocktails and craft beer.
Food is great but the Pizza is the best! Make your own!
Live bands, singers and background music.
The decor is what you can expect from an outside seating. Extra points for the massive chicken and the pond environment.
It has a dedicated family area with a small track and swings anjd large grass areas for little superheros to play.
"If a rustic out door area is your thing then so is Picolinos! Although the service is slow, I must say their food is always absolutely amazing! The kiddies area is full of jungle gyms and fun stuff as well as a sitting area for parents to watch over the kids (there is also staff to watch your kids). Fridays and Saturdays are always busy and chatty, the vibe is always friendly!" Siobhan Weir, Google Reviews
"Never fails to be a pleasure. Adequate space so one never feels crowded. Food is excellent. Service really good. Prices to suit the picket. This could be my Sunday hangout every week. Highly recommend it." Maria Struwig-Carreira, Google Reviews