In our previous blog posts we have written about the best restaurants for steak, the best vegetarian options in Cape Town as well as the best burgers available. Then last night as I was tucking into a delicious thin based pizza at Carlyle’s on Derry, I realised I have left out probably the most important ‘food group’ of them all: Pizza! Pizza makes people happy all around the world (this is my unbiased opinion of course). Pizza brings people together…meat lovers, vegetarians, politicians, historians, doctors and even pilots all love a good slice of pizza. I have been known to separate myself from people who utter horrifying words such as:” I’m not a big fan of pizza.” No one needs this type of negativity in their lives. So as you may have guessed by now, I eat pizza, often. And I think it would only be fair of me to share with you the best pizza experiences I have had in Cape Town.
Bocca on the corner of Bree and Wale Street is a mere 250m from Oxford English Academy. Here you will fall in love with their Neapolitan Style Pizzas; their tomato base is probably the best of the lot for me. They have perfected the proportions of their base, tomato and mozzarella. Honestly this pizza will have you dreaming about it long after you have returned to your home country.
Mitico in Kloof Street is run by its Italian owner. He is a character that loves to keep his guests happy and loves to share a story with. The pizzas are divinely thin based, baked in an open kitchen. Jean has trained his pizza makers how to cook their creations to perfection. The interior is representative of the real thing in Italy… chequered table cloths on tables pushed close to each other gives off an ambience that will make you feel instantly at home.
For less ‘authentic’ yet super tasty pizzas, try Cocoa Oola higher up on Kloof Street. I love the street café atmosphere, with bar chairs lined up on a small piece of Astroturf facing through the window into the restaurant. Saturday afternoons are particularly nice when there is a sports game on.
No article on pizza would be complete without mentioning Bacini’s also situated, even higher up on Kloof Street. (I spend a lot of time on Kloof Street). To me they serve the perfect take-away pizzas baked in their wood-fired oven. The toppings are generous and they are reasonably priced.
There are so many more places worth a mention that I could probably write a book! The beauty of so many eateries serving pizza means the quality of the pizzas is higher, and as we all know: a substandard pizza will never be tolerated in this Pizza Town.