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Best Pizza Places in Cape Town
We went on a hunt to find the best pizza in Cape Town and came up with these gems
Last Update: December 14, 2016
Aaah pizza: the doughy, multi-topped, cheesier than cheese slices of heaven that go perfectly with practically everything – beer and friends, cold weather and DVDs, Coca-Cola and sunshine. It’s been said that even bad pizza is good pizza, but in a Mother City where pizza ovens are nearly as numerous as seagulls, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than great pizza.
Thus, we’ve looked high and low to put together the ultimate guide to some of the top pizza places in Cape Town. There are as many types of pizzas as there are pizza-lovers, and whether you prefer simple and classic toppings or like to go all-out gourmet on your pie, there is most certainly something to suit your palate (or lack thereof). We’ve done the hard part for you, all you have to decide is: will it be eat-in, take away or delivery, a budget spend or splurge -- whatever you choose, just make sure you’ve brought your appetite.
So you thought you’d found the best pizza in Cape Town? Have you been to Dizzys? If your answer’s no, then you haven’t. The iconic family-friendly Camps Bay gem is famous for many things – its community focus, welcoming warmth, quirky decor, expansive craft beer selection, and its pizzas. Picture thin, crispy wood-fired bases, golden bubbling cheese, a smattering of scrumptious toppings and a fresh sprinkling of home-grown herbs. This is what dreams are made of. The pizzas are all originally named, and the topping combinations are artworks in themselves. You can also sample a delectable sounding pizza wrap – move over boring sandwiches, there’s a new, improved kid on the block! Did we mention the accompanying range of craft beers? We’ll mention them again because pizza and beer is a timeless combination.
41 The Dr | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 438 2686
It’s pretty much unanimous across Cape Town’s pizza-loving community that Col’Cacchio is the go-to spot for perfectly crisp, thin bases topped with the freshest, cheesiest ingredients. Since the upmarket chain first thrust open its doors in 1992, the collection of establishments has prided itself on healthy, gourmet pies with options suitable for folks with food allergies as well as those who are just plain finicky: yeast-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, wheat- and gluten-free bases that taste just as good as their full flour counterparts are available. The selection ranges from the simple and traditional, like the Mediterranean (chorizo, feta, artichokes, olives, roasted red pepper and sundried tomato), to the downright adventurous, like the Drago (smoked salmon, wasabi sour cream, wasabi soy balsamic glaze, seven spice and spring onion). For calorie-counters there’s the Foro range – the pizzas have holes in the middle filled with salad – and kids eating in get to cut dough into shapes and have it cooked while they wait. Col’Cacchio has 11 branches in and around Cape Town, and most of them deliver, except the branches in Canal Walk, Hermanus, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge. Pizza prices range from R52 to R130
Shop 2 | Redefine North Wharf | 42 Hans Strijdom Ave | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 419 4848
A good pizza doesn’t necessarily mean lots of complicated, fancy toppings. Sometimes simple is best, and at Ristorante Posticino, the focus is definitely on quality rather than complexity. Sea Point’s favourite Italian secret spot turned 15 in May 2013, and, if the nightly crowds of diners are anything to go on, owners Enrico (Eric) and Gioacchino (Jack) seem to have gathered an extremely loyal following over the years. The traditional, thin crust bases – they have as much personality as the gregarious founders - are generously topped with fresh vegetables, like mushrooms, asparagus and peppers, and some pies offer extra special ingredients, like caviar and chicken livers pan fried in wine. The cosy establishment also offers pasta and salads, and though they don’t deliver, we’ve been told the pizza is well worth the trip. Expect to pay between R46 to R70 for a large plate of cheesy goodness; telephone booking is recommended (the place gets packed in summer and is near full nightly in winter too).
Albany Mews | Cnr Albany & Main road | Sea Point | +27 (0) 21 439 3974
Husband and wife team Massimo and Tracy (he’s from northern Italy and she’s from Liverpool) are not just passionate about good food, but also about the dining experience. Having originally started their first pizzeria in the garden of their farmhouse in France in 2004, they’re old hands at making hungry pizza patrons feel as if they’re having a meal in the comfort of their own home. The ingredients are all locally sourced (some of the vegetables are grown in their own garden), and the pizzas are made with the finest fior di latte mozzarella and stoneground Eureka Mills flour, making for some absolutely mouth-watering choices. Try the extra cheesy Formaggi (mozzarella, blue cheese, feta, goat’s cheese and olives) or the indulgent Montagna with garlic butter, cacio cheese, Black Forest ham and mushrooms. They even have sweet pizzas, kid’s slices and wheat-free bases, so no one has to miss out. Speaking of which, if you’re a group of six or more, you can opt for the “Italian Feast”, an option that includes unlimited pizza (all different kinds), a side salad and shared starters for R165p/p. Otherwise, you can expect to pay between R56 and R120 for one of their pies. The restaurant is open from Wednesdays to Sundays only, and for take-aways, the spot now has a dedicated to-go outlet called Mimmi to Go.
Oakhurst Farm Park | Main Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 21 790 5648
Basilico restaurant in Newlands is the go-to spot for Southern Suburbanites in Cape Town and is known for its relaxed atmosphere and unusual, yet heavenly pizzas made with gorgeous gourmet ingredients. Picture a pizza topped with thin slices of springbok Carpaccio, avocado and rocket or layered with brie cheese, chicken, peppadew and spring onion. There are plenty of drool-worthy meat-free options too, like the Toscana, which has grilled aubergine, zucchini and peppers; not to mention, kids can make their own pie by choosing 2 of 12 different delectable toppings. Look out for Basilico’s specials, which offer favourites at a discounted price as well pies with extra indulgent toppings, like chicken, brie and cranberry. Prices range from R44 to R93, and the restaurant is open every day.
32 Kildare Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 683 5989
If you’re looking for a chilled, unassuming spot to relax with a pizza and beer, Narona is where it’s at. The pizzas are incredibly affordable, the restaurant has a cool atmosphere with free internet and, best of all, the laidback eatery also delivers. A favourite amongst regulars seems to be the Butternutter, an ultra-thin pizza base topped with butternut, feta and caramelised onions, but, on the whole, Narona has plenty of appetite-whetting options, like The Supreme (thai chicken, bacon, mushroom and peppadews) and the Karoo (bacon, banana and garlic). The restaurant has branches in Observatory and Gardens, and both deliver until 10pm seven days a week (deliveries start at 5pm during the week and at noon on weekends). As mentioned, the pizzas are decently priced, so you can expect to pay between R27 for a medium Margherita and R64 for a large Seafood Pizza.
39 Trill Road | Observatory | +27 (0) 21 447 2206
This institution has been serving pizza-loving Capetonians for more than 20 years (the first branches were opened in Johannesburg). Running on traditional Italian village preparation methods and family recipes with secret ingredients, Bacini’s was also one of the first restaurants in the Mother City to bake pizzas and pastas in a clay brick oven. It’s practically mandatory to try the Bacini’s Special, a serious pizza topped with mushrooms, ham, pineapple, green peppers, asparagus, onion, olives and salami; though, there are many different masterpieces to choose from that are simple yet worth salivation – the focus is on good flavours and traditional combinations. Lauded for its familiar atmosphere and fun vibes, Bacini’s offers both sit-down dining in their cosy indoor or airy outdoor areas and a take-away option if you don’t want to be seen inhaling a whole pizza in public. It should also be noted that they serve up good value for money considering their generous portions – expect to pay between R43 and R130.
177 Kloof Street | Tamboerskloof |Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 6668
Reason number one to go the Café Chameleon in the Northern Suburbs is the sensational views of Table Mountain. Coming in at a close second is their signature thin-base wood-fired pizzas made with nothing but the freshest of gourmet ingredients; the scrumptious pies are available for dining-in or take away. The relaxed eatery’s signature cheesy creations come with a combination of toppings that are simply heavenly; an immediate eye (stomach) catcher is the Higuera (bacon, blue cheese, green figs, pecan nuts and fresh rocket), and the truly South African Boriza (boerewors, onion, tomato, sweet chilli, cheddar cheese and coriander) sounds more than satisfactory. They also have classic pizzas, like the Regina (mushrooms and ham) and Siciliana (anchovies, capers and olives), for less complicated palates, and if you need another reason to visit the restaurant, we hear that the service is always delightful. The pizzas come in medium, 25cm, or large, 34cm, and prices range from R42 to R99 per pie. They also have a daily lunch special from 12pm to 2pm, during which you can get any small pizza with any three toppings for R45, and on Monday and Saturday nights large pizzas with any three toppings go for just R55.
Shop no 5 | Plattekloof Centre | Cnr Plattekloof and Olienhout roads |Plattekloof | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 911 1025
Morituri Pizzeria and Ristorante
For a pleasant pizza-night in the Southern Suburbs, check-out Morituri Pizzeria in Claremont. They make the best crispy thin-based pizza, you can enjoy your pizza with a glass of wine or craft beer and the atmosphere is warm and vibrant. At Morituri they vow to make the best pizza all the time so you will not be disappointed, the eye-catcher for anyone who enjoys various flavours on their pizza should try the Reno (ground beef, jalapeño, onion, crème fraiche and chilli added to taste) and they also have a wonderful vegetarian pizza the Verdura (black mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes, onion, green pepper and cherry tomatoes). Pizzas are hand-made to approximately the same size 30 cm, the prices are reasonable you can from R35 to R135 per pizza, for half and half pizzas you have to add R5 per half and for a Gluten-free pizza base add R20.
214 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town
At Bardelli’s they make mouth-watering pizzas with a lot of delicious toppings. On their menu pizzas are divided into 3 segments The Wood Fired Pizza which consists of both breakfast and regular pizzas that are available in medium and large. The supremo range consist of large pizzas only and then there is the Olympia Range which is a bit time consuming and will not be done during busy days. Prices range from R49 to R145 per pizza.
18 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 1502
The owner of this restaurant went all out to make sure customers get delicious quality pizzas with the perfect crust, they have a state-of-the-art oven which can reach 480 and can cook pizza in less than 90 seconds. If you do go the please let the Picante-Pizza Rosso (Slow cooked spicy barbecued pork shoulder, cherry tomato, rocket and parmesan) touch your soul. The pizzas range from R52 to R132 to secure a table you have to make. reservations. The Old Biscuit Mill | 373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 447 650
Enjoy delicious wood fired thin-base pizza at one of the best pizza places in Cape Town – at Gino’s they pride themselves in making good food. Their menu has a selection of pizzas you can choose from, the L’ Africana – biltong and chilli pizza is an eye catcher. Pizza prices range from R90 – R140.
De Kelder / 63 Dorp St / Stellenbosch / 7600 / +27 (0)21 887 9786
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