The Ideal Slices
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?
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.
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 cafechameleon.co.za.
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.francoforleo.co.za.
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 tonipizza.co.za.
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.mammags.co.za.
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.beachbumsdurban.co.za.
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.