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Gino’s, Stellenbosch makes it into Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge top 3

Gino’s in Stellenbosch has made it into the top three at this year’s Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge.

The Stellenbosch institution, which has been operating for 27 years, is delighted with its achievements and is also celebrating the fact that its Johannesburg outlet of the same name took top spot in the fiercely contested competition.

Although the original Gino’s – which opened its doors in Robertsham on November 1, 1983 – was the brainchild of eldest son Gino, the entire family, from father Guiseppe (Babbo) to mom Antonia as well as sisters Carmela and Maria and youngest brother, Domenico (Dom), were drawn into the business in true Italian style. 

Today there are two family-run restaurants. The original Gino’s still remains in the heart of Robertsham and is run by Mazza, his sister Carmela and daughter Giulietta. The second Gino’s opened in Stellenbosch in 1996 with Dom in charge.

Says a delighted Dom of his win: “We are ecstatic with the news that we made the Top 10 for a third year in a row and delighted to have made it into third spot. It is heartening to be appreciated by our loyal customers that have made this achievement possible. Having been operating in our small town for the past 27 years, and in Johannesburg for 40 years,  we have established close relationships and friendships with our patrons. We will be taking place again next year and would love to do better!”

For more on Porcupine Ridge, please visit:

Gino’s De Kelder is at 63 Dorp St, Stellenbosch. Tel: (021) 887 9786

Gino’s is at 126 Harry Street, Robertsham. Tel: (011) 680 1819.

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