Our Story

Polpetta was started in 2008 by Roberto Leo and Ivano Franceschi.

After working for a number of years at the well known Luca’s , Roberto and Ivano decided it was time to open their own restaurant and so Polpetta was born in Morningside Sandton.

Polpetta offers no fuss , good quality, value for money Italian comfort food.

It has over the years become a home away from home for many and is a place where “ everybody knows your name “ .

Sadly Roberto passed away in January 2015 leaving Ivano to take the reigns.

In 2018 Philip Groenewold joined the Polpetta family as partner and the business relocated to it’s current location at The Wedge Shopping Centre.

Philip has brought his own personality to the Polpetta family and since joining has become loved by all.

We are ever grateful for the loyal support we have experienced over the last 13 years and are so fortunate to have been able to grow into our new space.

The business had continued to grow from strength to strength and we were also extremely grateful and fortunate to grow the Polpetta family by opening a second store in Linksfield.

In September 2020, Derek Groenewold joined the family as partner in our new venture.

In November 2020 we opened the doors of our new shop in the Neighbourhood Square in Linksfield.

We have once again been humbled by the support and encouragement we have received from customers old and new.

Derek too has taken to our Polpetta family as if he was born to it and We are delighted at his passion for the brand.

We are looking forward to a bright future and will always remain grateful and passionate about what we do.

All our thanks.

Ivano, Philip and Derek