Where to Get the Best Pizza in Cape Town

Words: Tam Selley

Praise be to the Italians for introducing the supreme cheesy creation that is pizza. And, shout-out to the modern world for delivering this creation to the rest of the world. The great thing for Capetonians is that we don’t have to venture very far to indulge in some of the yummiest pizza. We round up some restaurants that serve the best pizza in Cape Town.

ARIEL MODERN ITALIAN

ARIEL’s serves up some pretty good pizza. Part of the No Name Hospitality Group, along with JARRYDS Espresso Bar + Eatery, this Italian eatery is sure to impress. They’ve got a selection of authentic wood-fired pizzas as well as some delicious pastas on the menu.

Our Fave: their Margherita pizza is a sure win! Their gnocchi gorgonzola is also pretty good.
Location: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point
Hours: Mon-Sun: 17h00-20h00
Contact: 074 076 0474

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BACINI’S PIZZERIA & DELI

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A classic favourite amongst pizza lovers, Bacini’s has been around for yonks and it’s not hard to see why. They have been consistently serving amazing pizzas since 1989, focusing on traditional Italian village preparation methods – cue loud singing and frantic hand gestures.

This is a family-run establishment, so it’s obvious that their food is made with all the love and pride, down to the friendly service and welcoming atmosphere. All pizzas are baked to perfection in their traditional, village-style clay brick oven, using only fresh produce and their ‘secret ingredient’ pizza dough – ooooh!

Our fave: The Amalfi with mushroom, salami, olives and anchovies.
Location: 117 Kloof St, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00-23h00
Contact: 021 423 6668

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CIAO PIZZA

Their pizza is award-winning and one of the most authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas in CPT. They pride themselves on ensuring each component is of the highest quality and that their ratios are perfect. We can honestly attest to their pizzas being incredible. This pizza might be mostly for take-away but they’ve also got a cute little sit-in eatery as well!

Our fave: their Pizza Bianco with Fior de latte mozzarella, San Marzano type tomato sauce and fresh basil is a total game-changer — 10/10 recommend!
Location: 309 Long Street, Cape Town
Hours: Mon-Sat: 09h30 – 22h30 | Sun: 09h30 – 21h30
Contact: 067 057 3712 | 081 780 6214

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FERDINANDO’S

Ferdinando’s offers some of the best pizza in Cape Town we’ve ever laid our hands on – and you’re sure to feel amply looked after when you see their extensive menu. They offer a whopping 10 vegetarian flavours, as well as the amazing Vegana (vegan pizza) with so many delicious ingredients, sprinkles and toppings – yum! Do not fear though meat-lovers, there are plenty of equally mesmerising options for you too.

Our fave: The French Prince with tomato & mozzarella base, camembert cheese, cranberries and bacon.
Location: 205 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Hours: Sun & Mon: 16h00-23h00 (take-away only)  | Tues-Sat: 16h00-23h00
Contact: 084 771 0485

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I LOVE THE DOUGH

I Love the Dough’s ‘Instagrammable’ decor and neon lighting definitely attracts a loyal crowd. They offer a variety of different types of delicious pizzas on their menu, including vegan options. Their crust is soft and deliciously chewy, the base is thin in the middle and thick around the edges, which gives it a nice crunch.

Apart from pizza they offer a wide selection of salads that go perfectly with any pizza you order. The highlight of their cocktail menu is their gin and tonic slushie, so if you’re a gin fan then you must try this novelty drink. All in all, if you are looking for good food and fun vibes then this is the place for you.

Our fave: The Number 5 with tomato base, Fior di latte mozzarella, avo, Danish feta and smoked pancetta.
Locations: 101 Bree Street | Corner Kloof Street and, Rheede St, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12h30-late
Contact: 072 145 9988

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LA MATTA

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When it comes to good pizza, the proof is in the dough and La Matta’s chef, Ivan, maintains that you can’t beat it into submission, you have to ‘make love to the dough’. La Matta serves a range of authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas and from the fermented, bubbly and deliciously charred dough to the sauce and toppings it is simply, bellissimo.

You’ll want to start off with their Fresca Piccola, a focaccia bread topped with fresh mozzarella, avocado, pickled melanzane & Parma ham — the pickled brinjal adds a refreshing bite of acidity. Those who appreciate a bit of heat will love their Sugo Di Carne with slow-cooked beef ragù, but also anything with their spicy salami is exceptional.

Our fave: La Matta with pizza sauce mozzarella, Emmenthal, Coppa, salami, Parma ham & pickled melanzane. Make sure to wash it down with a La Matta on-tap beer.
Location: 215 Long Str, Cape Town City Centre
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11h00-22h00 | Fri & Sat: 11h00-23h00
Contact: 021 023 2159

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MASSIMO’S

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A hop and a skip over the mountain into Hout Bay will bring you to this one-of-a-kind, delicious establishment Massimo’s is quite well known for having some of the best pizza in Cape Town and we solemnly vow that this is correct.

Massimo’s is special for a number of reasons — apart from their insanely good pizza, owners Tracy and Massimo also devote part of the sales from a portion of their pizza and pasta options to numerous charities including (not limited to), the Sunflower Fund, DARG and the Underdog Foundation. Check out their menu to see which meals donate to any of these and a portion of your bill will go to your chosen charity.

Our fave: The Corleone with tomato, mozzarella, brie, bacon and sun-dried tomato pesto.
Location: Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Rd, Hout Bay
Hours: Mon-Thurs: from 16h00 | Fri-Sun: from 12h00
Contact: 067 324 0261

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NONNA LINA

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Another fave and go-to pizza joint for those doughy cheesy cravings. Nonna Lina has a reputation for having really spectacular authentic Italian food and pizzas are their hot commodity.

Their cosy restaurant on the corner of Rheede and Orange is so inviting — always warm in winter and the outside area is great for warm summer days. This family-run spot offers simple Italian and Sardinian food with complex flavours and perfectly executed pizzas, with classic toppings. There are a number of interesting menu picks, including their artichoke salad.

Our Fave: Salmone with smoked salmon, ricotta, fresh dill, capers and crème fraîche.
Location: 64 Orange St, Gardens
Hours: Mon & Tues: 16h45-22h00 | Wed & Thurs: 13h00-22h00 | Fri-Sun:  12h00-22h00
Contact: 021 424 4966

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NY SLICE PIZZA

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This may not be a ‘laanie’ place to sit down and order a pizza like most Italian restaurants, but NY Slice Pizza is unique in street-food style and that’s why we love it!

For tasty, fresh and enormously portioned slices of on-the-go pizza, this THE spot — although, patrons can opt to sit down and snack on their pizza too. This is classic New York-style pizza at its best. The dough is made fresh daily and hand-tossed to develop that authentic thin and airy crust that is unbelievably irresistible. Challenge yourself and order a whole one – we dare you!

Our fave: Pepperoni, hands-down.
Location: 49 Kloof Str, Gardens | 100 Main Rd, Seapoint | 31 Bird Str, Stellenbosch | 53, Main Rd, Claremont
Hours: various
Contact: visit their site for contact info.

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PIZZA CONNECTION

Pizza Connection proves that simplicity is key. Using only the best ingredients, tried and tested techniques, they manage to deliver some of the best pizza in Cape Town. Their authentic, yet contemporary pizza is nothing short of delicious, actually their entire menu including their Nutella Dessert pizza and Octopus Salad is worth ordering. From Focaccia to their Napoli pizza, this establishment truly honours the tradition of Italian pizza — with the exception of their Capetonian pizza, of course.

Our fave: The Amatriciana with tomato, mozzarella, pancetta arrotolata, Pecorino Romano cheese, toasted black pepper and EVO Oil.
Location: 113 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
Hours: Mon-Sat: 12h00-22h00
Contact: 072 194 2581

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PIZZA SHED

You can’t call yourself a pizza-lover until you’ve tried Pizza Shed. This Neopolitan Pizzeria has completely changed the pizza game and we couldn’t be happier about their existence. Located on Bree Street, this curb-side joint serves pizza straight from the Gods. It seriously doesn’t get better than this and anyone’s nonna can attest to their deliciousness. From the leopard-spotted charred crust to the tomato base to the toppings, we can’t fault these guys. One way to judge the quality of pizza is the base, and Pizza Shed is all about that base! Not to mention, they also have tasty vegan options.

Our fave: Fungi with prosciutto.
Location: 231 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
Hours: Tues-Thurs: 16h00-21h00 |  Fri- Sun: 12h00-21h00
Contact: 072 563 1619

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POSTICINO

Posticino’s reminds us of a beloved grandmother who always makes sure you’re well fed. This humming spot found both in Seapoint and Hout Bay, pulls together an impressive number of patrons every evening, and quite simply because everybody wants a piece of their cheesy action.

The old-school Italian restaurant is a classic with traditional no-fuss food, full of flavour and love. They have a wonderful selection of pizzas to sink those teeth into and some seriously divine pasta as well.

Our fave: Posticinos with mushrooms, olives, asparagus, green peppers and artichokes.
Location: 323 Main Rd, Sea Point | 2 Shoreline Center, 13 Beach Cres, Hout Bay
Hours: 12h30-22h00
Contact: Seapoint 021 439 4014 | Hout Bay 067 393 1653

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THE DOG’S BOLLOCKS AT YARD

The Dog’s Bollocks really take their pizza game seriously and even claim to be the ‘only restaurant in Africa that makes different styles of pizza under one roof’. They serve the classic Neapolitan-style, New York-style, Romano-style, and California gourmet.

They also use different doughs, different ovens, at varying temperatures depending on the style of pizza being served. The selection of the pizzas is scrumdiddlyumptious, making it hard to pick which style is the best. Not only is their pizza delicious, but the presentation is authentic, each pizza is served with garlic, chilli, fresh basil, grated parmesan, black and green olives. You will leave this place full, satisfied, yet wanting more!

Our fave: The Brooklyn BBQ with a tomato base, grated mozzarella, slow woodfire roasted chicken, caramelised onion and fresh coriander.
Location: 6 Roodehek Street, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00-22h30
Contact: 021 461 8134

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THE SHED

The Shed specialises in Neapolitan-style pizzas and they honestly churn out some of the tastiest pizza in Cape Town. The bright neon lights, hip-vibe and delicious food will keep you coming back for more. If you’re looking for a good ‘pie’, The Shed has some amazing options, like Puttanesca and Calzone. They’re rather popular and if you want a taste of the well-deserved hype, booking is essential.

Our fave: The Nduja with San Marzano tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, Nduja, Granna Padano and fresh basil.
Location: 3 Vredenburg Ln, Cape Town City Centre
Hours: Tues-Thurs: 16h00-22h00 | Fri-Sun: 12h00-22h00
Contact: 072 757 2972

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One comment

  1. If you take the trouble and head out to the Northern Suburbs, there are 2 places you have to check out, 1. Zibaldone 2. Vesuvio. Well worth the visit, great atmosphere, wonderful people and mouth-watering pizza.

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