Starting a new restaurant in tough times


Chef Fortunato Mazzone

Owner of Restaurant sensation Forti Grill and Bar

Fortunato is the owner of Restaurant sensation Forti Grill and Bar situated on the roof of the Sun Time Square Casino, the largest Casino in the Southern Hemisphere. Forti Grill and Bar is the flagship restaurant of the entire development. Prior to this, Forti was the owner of multi award winning Ristorante Ritrovo in Pretoria with his father, Giovanni Mazzone for 23 years.

Fortunato is also in the Wine and Olive oil business through Nick and Fortis wines and his association with Saronsberg in Tulbagh.

His passions in life apart from Gastronomy are the Arts and Opera. Fortunato appears regularly on television and radio and is a sought after public demonstrator, competition judge, food writer and recipe contributor. 

Fortunato is a Commandeur de Bordeaux, Chevalier of the Coteaux du Champagne, was the youngest member of the Academy of Chefs of the South African Chef Association when inducted, Vice-Echanson of The Ordre Mondial and an officer of the Chaine des Rotisseurs gastronomic organization.

Fortunato says “I earnestly believe life should never be static or boring, and you can taste the passion and happiness in my food!!”