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Leave your worries behind and let some old school restaurateurs look after your food and wine


 Established October 2006


The Mazzone family, proud owners of award winning Ritrovo Ristorante come from a long line of artigianal Italian Ice cream producers. As a child Giovanni Sr. worked in the family gelateria which formed part of the family establishment “Bar Fortunato” in Pietrastornina, Italy. With this unique family history Giovanni and Fortunato Mazzone decided to pursue a dream. The result of this dream was the opening of BICCCS at the Waterkloof Heights Shopping Centre in Pretoria.  


The unique name BICCCS stands for Bread, Icecream, Cake, Croissant, Coffee and Sandwich. BICCCS is a cross-over between the traditional Italian Bistro, a top quality Bakery and Patisserie and a comfortable and contemporary coffee bar and haunt for the art and fashion set. All the stores are small and chic with comfortable sofas, comfortable outdoor seating and Italian chairs.


Genuine southern Italian style bread is prepared from only natural ingredients without artificial improvers and chemicals and available fresh daily and in limited quantities as in Europe. The recipe perfected by chef Giovanni Mazzone over many years is known as “Pangiovanni” and so ask for it by name.


Crispy feather light genuine European style croissants (or Cornetti in Italian) and proper home-style rich and moist cakes are available for retail and on order for special occasions filled with quality real ingredients. This is baking as it once was. The menu is short and interesting. Light meals in the form of well filled Panini, great soup, pasta and beautiful interesting salads are all served with our crispy warm bread and are incredible value.


Combine your food with a read through the glossy magazines in comfortable chairs on the patio.  Be converted and join the resident and de-stressing “Pavementista” society. Look out for the Vespa’s at each store and join our resident Vespa Club. BICCCS is about quality of life and unhurried and indulgent product. BICCCS will never be mainstream – there are more than enough formula coffee shops for that purpose. BICCCS unashamedly caters for the discerning hedonist who knows and appreciates quality and integrity and knows where to find it.

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