My favourite food is definitely pizza – sad, happy, drunk – pizza always hits the right spot with its cheesy goodness. Here is my choice of the six best pizza restaurants in Cape Town. Try them and you won’t be disappointed. What are your favourite pizza restaurants in Cape Town? If they’re not on this list, add them to the comments section!
1. Busy, busy, busy
Posticino in Sea Point makes my absolute favourite pizzas. The thin, crispy bases are smothered in lots of topping and, luckily for the waistline, not overly cheesy. I have never eaten in at Posticino, simply because it is always packed and humming. Even waiting inside for my take-aways can be a bit daunting, but I promise, it is worth it! My recommendation: bacon mushroom, feta and pineapple. Goodness on a base.
323 Main Rd Sea Point
2. Rough side of town
Most people think Rafiki’s is reserved for the hard-drinking crowd, but their pizzas make them an excellent way to spend an early evening on the balcony with a few beers, especially on two for one Mondays. What makes these pizzas special? The onion and tomato marmalade used instead of plain old tomato paste. The marmalade makes even the humble margherita a delicious indulgence. I wish they would bottle it and sell it to me.
3 Kloof Nek Road
3. It’s all in the name
After a fire in June 2010, Basilico has revamped itself, but kept the same delicious pizzas. They are quick and full to the brim with toppings (if pizzas can have a brim?). The restaurant has become more popular after its accident and it is essential to book on almost any night of the week. My guess is that the Basilico pizza (avo, mushroom, bacon, onion and garlic) ensures the loyal patrons.
32 Kildare Road
4. Real Italiano
The décor of Bacini’s says it all – Tricolore flags, Italian football posters and red and white checked table cloths – this is the real Italy at work. Bacini’s has a large selection of pizzas and they are all wood fired to perfection. The gourmet pizza menu is especially temping to anyone more adventurous than a Regina-lover.
177 Kloof Street
5. Trend setter
Greens is a chain of restaurants with a very varied menu, but I am particularly fond of their Park Street location in Gardens and their pizza menu. Sitting outside and watching the trendies of Cape Town walk by while eating an equally trendy pizza covered in fresh rocket is a great way to spend a Friday evening. Another appeal of Greens is their excellent wine list to match whatever pizza topping you choose. I highly recommend the Pizza California section of the menu – each pizza is topped with one or other fresh green.
5-9 Park Road
6. Life Saver
A night out often ends with supreme hunger and Clay Oven is the answer. Serving decent pizzas until the early hours of the morning, it has saved many people from late night, partying-induced starvation. I wouldn’t make a special trip to Clay Oven on any ordinary night, but you must keep it in mind on a night out.
166 Long Street
Pizzas: does it really matter at 2am?