I have a thing about franchises, I’ll go to them now and then but they don’t give me the warm fuzzies. My feeling is that if you want to own a restaurant, coffee shop or pizza place, your spot should be unique and have something personal and special to offer. This must stem from my dream of owning a coffee shop, I have spent hours imagining what I would serve, how I would decorate and what would get people wanting to come back for more.
Generally I make my own pizza at home, we have pizza once a week as leftovers make for a good school lunch for Fjord the next day. The drawback with making my own is that I am left with the cleaning up, once in a while it is great to just chuck a cardboard box in the recycling bag and head for a book or the TV instead of spending forever in the kitchen. Previously when I bought take aways I would go to the franchise stores in my area but now that I have discovered Valentino’s and will stick with them.
The owner Joe is the main reason that I will keep going back, he has put his heart into the business and I respect that. Joe bought Valentino’s from the previous owner about 10 months ago. He previously owned Joe’s Place in Bryanston for about 21 years. His enthusiasm for his business is contagious. On my first visit he showed me pictures of the pizza’s which he had been experimenting with for a dessert option on his menu, on my most recent visit I noticed that he has settled on the strawberries and cream sweet pizza, although I have not yet sampled it, this sounds delicious. Joe’s menu has a good variety and several choices for my non-meat eating husband, there are a wide range of meaty pizza’s too for the carnivores among us. On Thursdays if you buy 2 large pizzas you get a free 2L coke.
Joe caters for a broad customer base from people popping in for a Take Away or sit down meal, to the after-work-and-need-a-beer folk, to a younger crowd who gather in the pub in the evenings. He even told me that it would be a good spot for my husband to watch the rugby on the TV there on a Saturday afternoon (we don’t have DSTV and Cliff loves rugby.)
Valentino’s Pizza Oven, Restaurant and Take Away is in Cinderella, Boksburg on the corner of Johnson & Killian Roads. They are in a rather scruffy looking little centre but well worth a visit.