The Ideal Slices

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From its hum­ble roots in Italy, pizza has spread all around the world and de­vel­oped dras­ti­cally be­yond the orig­i­nal dough with toma­toes, moz­zarella, and basil. If the large num­ber of pizze­rias around the coun­try are any­thing to go by, South Africans love pizza. From de­liv­ery and take­away, to ar­ti­sanal and gourmet, the va­ri­ety of restau­rants of­fer­ing an ar­ray of piz­zas with an as­sort­ment of ex­cit­ing top­pings is im­mense.

So, where are some of the best places in South Africa to get a few slices?

Cape Town


This pizze­ria, si­t­u­ated in Ke­nil­worth in the South­ern Sub­urbs, is ex­tremely pop­u­lar among lo­cals for its va­ri­ety of orig­i­nal pizza op­tions. A ren­o­vated house, Bor­ruso’s is an in­ti­mate restau­rant and the mis­matched tables and chairs, as well as friendly staff give it a real homey at­mos­phere. The thin­base piz­zas com­ing out of the wood­fired oven in­clude sim­ple favourites such as Margher­i­tas, Regi­nas, and Hawai­ians, while the more ad­ven­tur­ous op­tions in­clude the Deluxe with pep­padews, caramelised onions, jalapeno, avo, chorizo, and brie; and the Salmon Spe­cial with smoked salmon and feta. When you sit down, have a look on the chalk boards on the walls – there might be an in­ter­est­ing spe­cial to be had. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Bor­ruso’s Face­book page.

Café Chameleon

Mov­ing to the North­ern Sub­urbs of the Mother City, one of the best places to go to for pizza is Café Chameleon. Lo­cated in a small shop­ping cen­tre in Plat­tek­loof, one of the best things about this restau­rant’s lo­ca­tion is the view of Ta­ble Moun­tain. The other best thing is, of course, its pizza. Thin-base and wood­fired, the very orig­i­nal op­tions that will im­me­di­ately make the stom­ach grum­ble in an­tic­i­pa­tion in­clude the South African-in­spired Boriza, with boere­wors, onion, sweet chilli, ched­dar, and co­rian­der; as well as the Alaskan Pizza with a cream cheese base, ca­pers, rocket, and smoked salmon. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit



Franco’s in Parkview has been serv­ing tra­di­tional pizza since the ’80s. Still run by the restau­rant’s name­sake, Franco Forleo, as well as a few of his fam­ily mem­bers, Franco’s is the place to go in Jo­han­nes­burg if you’re on the hunt for au­then­tic­ity. With a few Best of Joburg awards un­der its belt, there are a num­ber of rea­sons why this pizze­ria is still pop­u­lar decades af­ter it first opened its doors. One rea­son is cer­tainly the Dall’orto with moz­zarella, to­mato, zuc­chini, mush­rooms, and brin­jals; and the sec­ond is the Pizza Ruf­fi­ano with moz­zarella, to­mato, cured ham, and rocket. The third, but cer­tainly one of the most im­por­tant, is the at­mos­phere – fam­ily-run and friendly. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fran­co­for­

Toni’s Fully Fur­nished Pizza Co.

Toni’s Fully Fur­nished Pizza Co., on Cham­ber­lain Street in Pre­to­ria, uses only the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents on its piz­zas. For sim­ple tastes, the fo­cac­cia with gor­gonzola, caramelised onions, and al­monds is sure to hit the spot. And for those want­ing a more un­usual pizza ex­pe­ri­ence, Toni’s also of­fers the Pizza Alla Pera with moz­zarella, pears, wal­nuts, and gor­gonzola; as well as the Cos­cia D’ag­nello with roast lamb, yo­ghurt, feta, and olives. Toni’s is a fam­ily-friendly restau­rant with a ded­i­cated kids’ menu. For the adults that en­joy milk­shakes, Toni’s also has an adult milk­shake menu which in­cludes de­li­cious creations such as The Fi­nal Stroh and Spiced Nut. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tonip­


Mamma G’s

Mamma G’s in Bal­lito, 40 km north of Dur­ban, prides it­self on of­fer­ing din­ers an au­then­tic Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence by us­ing the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents on its range of wood­fired piz­zas. Mamma G’s has out­side seat­ing as well as in­ti­mate in­door din­ing, and a menu that has items for those want­ing a sim­ple slice, as well as more ex­tra­or­di­nary op­tions. The But­ter Chicken pizza brings to­gether Ital­ian and In­dian flavours, and the Or­gan­ica has a Greek in­flu­ence, fea­tur­ing

haloumi, toma­toes, basil, and olive oil. Th­ese are just two of the op­tions on the ex­ten­sive gourmet pizza menu. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mam­

Beach Bums

One of the best places to chill out with a cock­tail and pizza is Beach Bums on the shores of Ca­sua­r­ina Beach in Ton­gaat. Here, guests can re­lax with their feet in the sand, waves lap­ping at the shore. The pizza sec­tion of the menu is com­pact, with just a few de­li­cious con­tem­po­rary op­tions. The Shisa Nyama has a def­i­nite South Africa flavour with slices of boere­wors and steak topped with chakalaka sauce; the Hang Ten is topped with chicken and mush­room sauce; and the Veg Deluxe is loaded with mush­rooms, red onion, pep­padews, feta, and to­mato. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.beach­bums­dur­

No mat­ter your taste in pizza – whether you are a hard-core tra­di­tion­al­ist with your Margherita, or a more cos­mopoli­tan con­nois­seur – South Africa’s main cities have got you cov­ered.

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