In your backyard: SA's most drool-worthy pizzas

By Kirstin Buick
02 July 2017

Who says you need to cross the Mediterranean for a truly incredible pizza? These are the local spots you have to try.

Andiccio 24

, Joburg and Pretoria, Gauteng

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One of Jozi's best-kept secrets soon spread when this small takeaway joint branched out into the rest of the City of Gold and Pretoria. Andiccio 24 operates on a pay-per-topping menu so your options are endless. The best part? They’re open 24 hours a day so you can get your fix any time.

Col’Cacchio, branches nationwide

The Moghul Pizza. PHOTO: Supplied The Moghul Pizza. PHOTO: Supplied “Their butternut chicken pizza [The Moghul] is to die for, especially for lovers of anything Indian and fatty. It’s a good combination of an Indian dish and pizza. The best!” ? Saskia Hill Da Vinci's, Cape Town

This charming restaurant in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy Kloof Street, names all their pizzas after famous artists ? and they really are a work of art. The eatery also has another branch, Da Vinci's on 2nd in Kenilworth.

Fat Henry's, Caledon, Western Cape

Fat Henry's pepperoni pizza. PHOTO: Facebook Fat Henry's pepperoni pizza. PHOTO: Facebook

“It’s a telling sign when the owner of the guesthouse where you’re staying declares Fat Henry’s is the best place in town. And she would know. She’s lived in Caledon for more than a decade now. So who am I to disagree? Fat Henry’s in Caledon serves the best pizza you’ll find for miles around. They go back to basics, you get the Hawaiian, the chicken and mushroom and, of course, your boerewors variety. They don’t aim to please the highbrow food snob; this is just wholesome plattelandse pizza at its best.” ? Petrus Malherbe

Jeremiah's, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape

Whether it's the relaxed atmosphere in this tiny coastal town or the generally jolly atmosphere in the student-frequented bar, these pizzas always go down a treat. No-fuss, deliciously cheesy with crunchy thin bases, Jeremiah’s pizzas are legendary on the sunshine coast. Perfect for when hunger strikes after a hot day on the beach ? you don’t even have to put on your shoes. Be warned though ? in peak season you’ll have a long wait! If you're looking for something a little more refined, you can try out their sister restaurant upstairs, Homewoods, where you can order from Jeremiah's pizza menu.

Mitico, Cape Town, Western Cape

PHOTO: Facebook PHOTO: Facebook “Mitico in Kloof Street is my favourite restaurant to go to for pizza. The pizza’s thin-based, it’s tasty and it doesn’t overwhelm you with toppings. It also has a nice setting in the heart of buzzing Tamboerskloof where you can sit outside and do some serious people watching." -- Marelize Potgieter

Piza e Vino, Joburg and Pretoria, Gauteng & Stellenbosch

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There’s a reason this fun Italian restaurant has been able to open branches all over Gauteng and in Stellenbosch ? their pizza. The homely spots offer a diverse menu with creatively crafted combinations of toppings ? such as their Krazy Nut (pine nuts, pumpkin, basil pesto, Gorgonzola and orange zest) or their Yuppie favourite, the Melrose Arch (grilled chicken, avo, feta, honey, cherry tomatoes and coriander. If you’re more the traditional type, they do have the old favourites such as a Hawaiian (except they call it a Piza Colada) and a Classic Margherita

Rat & Parrot, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

“If you’re looking for great pizza at a decent price, the Rat & Parrot is the place to be. Undoubtedly the best pub in Grahamstown, the overall vibe is great, whether you’re looking for a fun time or chilled lunch with your family.” ? Samantha Luiz

The Toad and Josephine, Cape Town, Western Cape

PHOTO: Ian Wedderburn, Facebook The Toad's Crowd Favourite pizza. PHOTO: Ian Wedderburn, Facebook

In the shadow of Newlands Stadium, The Toad and Josephine is a cosy restaurant with wooden accents and atmospheric fireplaces that make it a perfect place for a rainy day in Cape Town. And once you’re snug and dry, one of their decadently juicy pizzas will go down a treat! The menu isn’t huge, but each and every one of their pizzas are. We recommend the New Orleans ? a BBQ base topped with chicken, bacon, mushroom and spring onion, dripping in sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.

Toni's Fully Furnished Pizza Company, Joburg & Pretoria, Gauteng

Each branch of this family-friendly spot is a local favourite, famed for their decadent, but reasonably priced, designer pizzas, which can be ordered in a regular (33 cm) size or a cute little 15-cm pizette. Break from the usual with their interesting combinations ? the Coscia D’angnello (roast leg of lamb, yoghurt, feta, olives, mozzarella and coriander) is a must-try if you want to treat yourself!

Trattoria Maranello, Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

“For cheesy goodness with a seaside view, look no further than Maranello’s in Melkbosstrand. Not only do they serve great, gourmet pizzas, but they also have pastas and a deck overlooking the ocean. The Luigi – with bacon and avo – is a must!” ? Mieke Vlok

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