ITALIAN - SOTHO FUSION IS ALESSANDRO KHOJANE’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

We discover why Sotho-born, Italian-raised restaurateur Alessandro Khojane’s rich cultural roots are key to his success.

Allow us to introduce you to Gemelli, an Italian restaurant and bar that has become the cornerstone of the Sandton dining scene. It is the creation of Alessandro Khojane, a food lover who grew up as one of six children to parents who entertained often, and passed on a passion for hospitality to their son.

“The inspiration for the restaurant stems from me always wanting to work and live in New York, so when building Gemelli my brief to my designer was that I wanted a New York loft feel,” shares Alessandro.

Hence the critter windows and tan and wooden furniture and floors.  

‘Surround yourself with a great team’ advises Mr. Khojane and in Head Chef Jonathan Nel he has clearly taken his own advice.

The Benoni-Born chef works his magic in the kitchen by whipping up exciting contemporary Italian inspired dishes that are based on an ethos of slow/long cooking, quality produce and great cooking methods. 

Easily among their most popular is a famed Italian dish of wild mushroom risotto, which  Jonathan graciously talks us through the steps of making.

To taste the finest Italian meets Sotho food visit Gemelli, reservations can be made here or on

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