Pizza is regular visitor to our lives and our homes! The modern pizza was invented in Naples, Italy and was originally a peasant dish. A baked ‘pie’ with a shallow bread-like crust, covered with toppings and seasoned with a tomato sauce, cheese and any variety of toppings. It is one of those meals that everyone seems to enjoy!
What makes a good pizza though? Some say it’s all about the base – with most saying a thin based crispy yet pliable crust. Some say it’s all in the sauce with most people picking a tomato based sauce with some carefully chosen herbs! Some say it is in the cheese – not too much, not too greasy – some say it’s about good mozzarella, others say it is a balance to get the cheese melted band dripping just slightly off the side and definitely not processes cheese. Others firmly believe the secret of good pizza is in the toppings – using quality ingredients for flavour – and that of course is personal choice & taste.
As always we have researched and sampled to bring you this list of where to get pizza in the south peninsula of Cape Town. It’s a combination of our Cape Point Route choices related to the quality of the food and the atmosphere, vibe & service! There are many other options and plenty more excellent pizzerias in the rest of Cape Town… . but hey – we are talking about our ‘hood and here’s the best of the pizza on the Cape Point Route.
There is a saying,”Pizza is not a Trend, it’s a way of Life”
The Toad in the Village: Noordhoek Farm Village : Noordhoek
These guys went on a quest a few years ago to find the best buffalo mozzarella and now they have upped their game in the pizza market by getting Wood Fired Pizza ovens. The pizza’s were good but now they have Pizza Technicians taking it up a notch or 10! I’m partial to the Toad Surprise Pizza – featuring salami, camembert & green figs and the Parma Rocket – parma ham, parmesan & rocket on a margherita base. Yum! They offer half and half pizzas and are one of the few places that offer a half size portion of pizza with a generous portion of salad- superb if you want a balanced diet! As the toad himself always says: Let’s drink to that! Read More….
Customers come from all over the world to eat the pizzas at the Red Herring – especially in summer when you can sit on the deck and watch spectacular sunsets over the ocean. The pizza bases at the Red Herring are made with love, by hand every morning and are cooked in a wood fired oven. A stalwart on the menu and the best seller is “The Fab” – an acronym for Feta, Avocado & Bacon but there is no doubting that it is Fab-ulous! Super exciting is their new pizza which is on the breakfast menu – “Eggs Florentine” : Mozzarella, Eggs, Bacon, Spinach & Mushrooms… Breakfast is served Mon-Sat from 09:30 – 12:00! Read More…
Cafe Pescado: Simon’s Town
This family friendly establishment has been serving pizza to the Simon’s Town locals for 17 years. They cater well to kids (providing them with dough to mould). Pizzas really are their piece de resistance and there are 4 category types in various price ranges. Gluten or Wheat Free pizza bases area available and with pizza names like the Just Nuisance, the Jubilee, the Madras, the Roque and the Jimmy- you’ll be sure to find a pizza to suit your taste> Extra toppings in large or mini mean you can completely tailor make your pizza in this historical building which was once a church and then home to the Criterion Cinema- so a little bit of history with your pizza! They are also open pretty late – an added bonus for night owls in Simon’s Town. Read More…
Pizza Khaya: Glencairn
This little pizzeria next to the Viper Lounge south does a roaring trade due to the quality of the pizza’s. They practically eat Bikers for breakfast the pizza’s are so good. T-bo is understated, unassuming and will make a pizza to order provided he has the ingredients you require. The Shisa Shisa has chilli & boerewors; the Nyama Nyama has salami, boerewors & ham; or try the Voortrekker with boerewors, roasted Buttenut & Onion. The Nkuku Inkozi has chicken and the Eish is Vegetarian with Jalapeno Chillies. You can take it away and eat pizza on the beach, you can sit next door at the Viper Lounge and have a cold one or you can just hang out right there with T-bo at Pizza Khaya.
This family friendly pub & restaurant has a cosy interior in an old fisherman’s cottage and also has a spacious outdoor area so it’s great in winter or summer and great for pizzas- it has that Mediterranean Holiday feel-welcoming and relaxing. The wood fired pizza oven churns out 35cm pizzas with a choice of toppings. The holiday feel is evident in the names of their pizzas – choose from Beach, Reef, Wave, Tide, Seaside, Coral, Rock or Kelp pizza- they definitely believe in fruit or fresh seasonal ingredients added to the pizza – so Ham & pineapple; Chicken, blue cheese & green figs, or a Tomato, pepperdew, pesto with fresh rocket are examples. Read More…
Blue Water Cafe: Kommetjie
Despite new owners; the setting, the chefs and the food remain as good as ever and their reputation as home to some of the best pizzas in the south has not disappointed! The pizzas are baked in a wood fired oven and they even offer wheat free pizzas for those who are gluten intolerants. A personal favourite is the Pizza Poncho villa is inspired by the heat & flavours of Mexico! My vegetarian friend loves the Spinach Pizza or there is the Safari for carnivores -topped with Springbok carpaccio, chicken, biltong, rocket, avo & feta! They do allow half and half too! And did we mention there is a really great view & you should save space for dessert?!
Massimo’s: Hout Bay
A pizza article without a mention of Massimo’s in Hout Bay would be remiss. Although Massimo himself is undergoing medical treatment in Italy, Johan is running the restaurant under the name of Amici di Massimo’s for about a year. The ingredients are all locally sourced and the pizzas are made with the finest mozzarella and stoneground Eureka Mills flour, making for some absolutely mouth-watering choices. Try the extra cheesy Formaggi (mozzarella, blue cheese, feta, goat’s cheese and olives) or the indulgent Montagna with garlic butter, cacio cheese, Black Forest ham and mushrooms. They even have sweet pizzas, kid’s slices and wheat-free bases, so no one has to miss out. Speaking of which, if you’re a group of six or more, you can opt for the “Italian Feast”, an option that includes unlimited pizza (all different kinds), a side salad and shared starters.
An unexpected pizzeria in the south – the Beachcomber Bistro at Fish Hoek Galley – right on Fish Hoek beach produces some unexpectedly good pizza at very reasonable prices. It’s a great option if you are at the beach with the kids or in a hurry. From basic pizzas (Traditional but reliable Margherita, Regina and Hawaiian Pizzas) to the more exotic Two Oceans topped with mixed seafood (the Galley is known for it’s seafood at the beach), the range is not huge but well worth a stop if the pizza craving kicks in and you need a pizza whilst at the beach! Read More…
The Lookout Deck: Hout Bay
We have always loved the setting of the Lookout Deck and having a wood fired pizza on the deck as you gaze across the active and working harbour of Hout Bay seals the deal! The pizzas are a foot long in diameter and available as take-aways too! The land lovers pizza has the unusual combo of marinated and deboned BBQ pork ribs with mushrooms and the Spanish Armada is a spicy chorizo sausage with calamari tubes and the Country Lady is smoked chicken breast with brie and cranberry.. so some lovely pizza variety to the regular pizza offerings, found in most pizzerias. Keep an eye open for live music events too. Read More..
Monkey Valley Resort is tucked in an ancient milkwood forest and the restaurant has a gorgeous setting with views along Noordhoek Beach. It’s relaxed with a lovely wooden deck and a garden atmosphere. There is nothing quite like eating a wood-fired pizza with a view, so make sure you order an outside table or a table close to the window.. There’s a great Pollo Pizza with a cajun chicken, green pepper & mushroom combo adn the spicy beef Pizza – a classic marinated beef with a healthy dose of Jalapeno chillies! One of the most popular pizza’s is the Chimpanzee comprising feta, pineapple, onion, green peppers, avocado & garlic. Read More…
- Seaforth Restaurant in Simon’s Town
- Lighthouse Cafe in Simon’s Town
- Dixie’s Restaurant in Glencairn
- Napoli Trattoria in Fish Hoek
- The Brass Bell in Kalk Bay
- Satori in Kalk Bay
- The Octopus Garden in St James
- Lagerchinos in Muizenberg
- Papino’s in Hout Bay
- Trattoria Luigi in Hout Bay
- The Helmsman in Kommetjie
Take Away Pizza Places on the Cape Point Route:
- St Elmo’s: Fish Hoek
- St Elmo’s: Hout Bay
- Debonair’s Pizza: Fish Hoek
- Scooters: Fish Hoek
- Two Oceans Food Shop: Cape Point
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