Thin and crispy Roman-style? Soft and chewy Neapolitan ones? Or stodgy American versions? And when it comes to toppings, do you stick to a few simple ones, so that the dough and mozzarella can shine, or do you go all out with as many flavours as you can pack in? We give you the lowdown on where to find the most delicious pizzas in the city. (As you know, it’s all a matter of opinion, so please feel free to let us know if we’ve left anything out in the comments below.)
1. Mediterranean Chicken: Marc’s
Why we love it On top of a crisp, thin base is chicken, tomato, feta, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, rocket and mushroom. This pizza has been designed to give low-carb dieters a guilt-free and fulfilling treat.
Good to know Marc’s specialises in Mediterranean cuisine, and before you tuck into your pizza, consider taking a look at the starters menu. The mezze options (such as falafel, spanakopita, marinated olives and dolmades) are a great way to whet your appetite while you wait for your mains.
Contact 021 863 3980, email@example.com
Address 129 Main Road, Paarl
2. Intelletuale: Big Route
Why we love it Hand-crafted and oozing with flavour, the thin-base pizza toppings of Luganica sausage, garlic, rosemary, roasted butternut, rocket, pumpkin seeds and grilled lemons make a delicious combination. The wood-fired pizza manages to be crispy in some places and chewy in others, providing an unbelievable satisfying experience.
Good to know Though the menu is dominated by pizza, there are also other equally delicious options such as pastas and salads. The gluten-free bases cost the same as the wheat ones.
Cost R105 (small), R120 (large)
Contact 021 433 2530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address 105 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town
3. Sombrero: Olio Pizza
Why we love it Pizza purists, avert your eyes now! This is Mexico meets Milan. Think chilli con carne, avo, sour cream, jalapeños and tomato. Not exactly authentic Italian, but super-delicious.
Good to know It’s right next door to Lime Tree Café, which does delicious burgers. If some of your party don’t feel like a pizza, they can order off Lime Tree’s menu. Banters will be pleased to know, there’s a Banting pizza, too.
Contact 021 712 1497, email@example.com
Address Sherwood Centre, Corner Dreyersdal Road and Children’s Way Bergvliet
4. Papa G: Millhouse Kitchen
Why we love it Salami, avocado and chilli sit on top of a crispy thin base, yielding a simple, pared-back burst of flavours.
Good to know Lourensford wine estate is the setting of this family-friendly restaurant, which has a lovely back terrace (with a lawn and kiddies’ play area).
Contact 021 847 0030, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address Lourensford Wine Estate
5. The Margherita: Bocca
Why we love it These Neapolitan-style pizzas (complete with puffy crusts) are made in a super-snazzy Acunto oven, especially imported from Italy. The 485ºC temperature means that the pizza cooks in just 90 seconds! The charred and chewy crust allows the deep flavours of the guanciale (cured pork jowl) and Pecorino to shine through.
Good to know These pizzas are called pizzette – small pizzas – making them ideal for sharing!
Contact 021 422 0188, email@example.com
Address Corner of Wale and Bree Streets, Cape Town
6. Pizza Bianca: Massimo’s
Why we love it Bianca is the Italian word for “white” and, as such, this pizza does not have a tomato base, but rather it’s topped with a satisfying combination of garlic butter, mozzarella, smoked cheese and pan-fried mushrooms.
Good to know For those with wheat or gluten allergies, ask for a farinata (pancake) base, made of chickpea flour, water, salt and olive oil. Or a Glutagon – a crunchy-style base made with rice flour, corn starch, tapioca, milk solids, raising agents, salt, stabilisers and sunflower oil. Pizzas aside, the homemade limoncello is definitely worth a try.
Contact 021 790 5648, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
7. Margherita di Bufala: Pizza Piaggio
Why we love it The dough is made with real Italian flour that’s been fermented slowly for at least 48 hours before use. The simple flavours of the toppings – Italian tomato sauce, local buffalo mozzarella and basil – make it a pleasure to eat.
Good to know This is not a restaurant, but rather a food truck, which houses a custom-made clay oven that heats up to 600ºC! Email them to find out where they’ll be.
Contact 0813518969, email@example.com
8. The Roberto: Carlyles On Derry
Why we love it Named after co-owner Rob Carlyle, this bacon, blue cheese, walnut and rocket combo sounds like quite a mouthful, but actually it’s rather delicious.
Good to know The restaurant’s been around since 2002 when brothers Rob and Murray opened it. It’s the sort of place that happily accommodates boisterous celebration, romantic dinners and afterwork drinks – all at the same time.
Contact 021 461 8787, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address 17 Derry street, Vredehoek
9. Amalfi: Bacini’s
Why we love it It smacks of a Mediterranean holiday! The base is lined with tomato paste, mozzarella and oregano before mushrooms, salami, olives and anchovies are piled on the top.
Good to know If none of the pizzas on the menu appeal, build your own from a wide range that includes cherry tomatoes, olives, prawns, smoked chicken, and more. For those with intolerances, there’s also a gluten-free option.
Cost R90 (medium), R100 (large)
Contact 021 423 6668, email@example.com
Address 177 Kloof Street, Cape Town
10. Four Seasons: Nom Nom
Why we love it Before a night on Long Street, it’s always good to line your stomach with a tasty treat. It’s open until 4am, so it’s also a handy spot to pop into after a big night. We like the combo of ham, mushrooms, olives and artichokes on top of a crunchy base.
Good to know Formerly known as Clay Oven, this laidback joint has a Design-A-Pizza section on its menu, allowing you to choose from four different bases (such as margherita and garlic focaccia) and an array of affordable toppings (such as peppers, artichokes, ham, figs, blue cheese and mince)
Cost R82 (standard), R94 (large)
Contact 021 424 7233,
Address 166 Long Street, Cape Town
11. Capo: Posticino Hout Bay
Why we love it Can you say “cheese”? Because this is one for serious lovers of formaggio. We’re talking Gorgonzola, provolone and Parmesan on top of a wafer-thin base.
Good to know Located in the foot of Chapman’s Peak, this restaurant’s spacious outdoor seating gives an amazing view of the bay and Sentinel Peak. Get there around sunset for an unforgettable experience.
Contact 021 791 1166, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address 6 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
We also rate these spots for tasty pizzas (but we ran out of space):
Blue Water Café, Kommetjie
Da Vinci’s, Kloof Street
Balducci’s, V&A Waterfront
Italian Kitchen, Tokai
Woodfire Pizzeria (Italoven), Van Riebeeckshoff
Marmalade Cat, Darling
Ferdinando’s Pizza, Kloof Street
Goloso, Sea Point
Mulderbosch Vineyard, Stellenbosch
Olive Bistro, Durbanville
Satori, Kalk Bay
Cafe Blanc de Noir, Stellenbosch
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