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The best pizzas in the country

The perfect pizza usually consists of a thin-crust base, a monstrous amount of mozzarella and a signature ingredient of your choice. Fortunately, this mouthful of deliciousness is not exclusive to wheat-eaters nowadays. Wheat- and gluten-free bases have become very popular and now everyone can enjoy a slice – or eight – of happiness. Here’s our list of some of the best pizzas in town, and if you can’t make up your mind which to choose, a number of these pizzerias will let you have half and half. It’s a pizza dream come true.

Johannesburg

Café Picobella
Try: Spicy chicken and avo pizza.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Ciao Baby Cucina (Bedford Square)
Try: Pizza al pollo with smoked mozzarella, mascarpone cheese, chicken, rocket and pine nuts.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Cornuti (Illovo)
Try: Asparagus, cracked egg and truffle oil.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Doppio Zero 
Try: Leo-Leone, topped with bacon, chorizo, mushrooms, green pepper, onion and chilli.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Il Giardino Degli Ulvi
Try: Pork belly pizza topped with honey caramelised pears, sweet and tangy mustard sauce and deep-fried rosemary. Or, try the roasted butternut, onion marmalade, gorgonzola, bacon and fresh rocket.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

Luca’s Pizzeria Pastificio
Try: Roasted lamb pizza with roasted red and yellow peppers and rocket.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Next Door Pizza
Try: Vegetarian pizza.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Piza e Vino
Try: Cool Runnings pizza, topped with jalapenos, chicken, roasted peppadews, basil pesto and aioli.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Polpetta Pizza and Pasta
Try: Ivano pizza (named after the owner), which is topped with fillet steak, grilled onion rings, cherry tomatoes, avocado and rocket.
Wheat-free offered: gluten-free.
Half and half: Yes.

Satori
Try: Mama mia with salami, peppadews, fresh tomato, avocado and feta.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Yes.

Trabella
Try: Tracy’s special with mushrooms, olives, artichokes, peppers, garlic, chilli, sundried tomatoes, avo, Parmesan, and basil pesto. (Option to add chicken or salami.)
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Pretoria

Bravo Pizzeria
Try: Sidewalk Vendetta, topped with bacon, feta and avocado.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Yes.

Ciao
Try: Fettuccini alfredo pizza, topped with creamy ham, mushroom and chicken.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Yes.

La Cantina
Try: La Cantina special, with bolognaise, onions and chillies.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Yes.

Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza Company
Try: Pizza pesto, topped with basil pesto, peppadew pesto, goat’s milk cheese, roasted walnuts, avocado and prosciutto.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Villa San Giovanni
Try: Spitfire, with Cajun chicken, chilli, peppadews, onion, garlic and peppers.
Wheat-free offered: Nope, but you can get a low-GI pizza base.
Half and half: Yes.

Durban

Al Firenze
Try: Beacon, with feta and avo.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: Yes.

Casa Mia
Try: Capricciosa with salami, mushrooms, peppers, artichokes and olives.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Yes.

The Mad Italian
Try: Pizza 2010, topped with bacon, camembert cheese, garlic, rocket and green fig preserve.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Only with certain toppings.

Pizzetta Pizzeria
Try: Gorgonzola, homemade onion marmalade and rocket pizza, or the bacon, feta and avo pizza.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Remo’s
Try: Greggo with bacon, feta and avo.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: No.

Cape Town

Bacini’s
Try: the bacon, feta and avo pizza
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: No.

Balducci
Try: Balducci’s pizza, topped with bacon, feta, creamed spinach and avo.
Wheat-free offered: Yes, they are gluten-free.
Half and half: No.

Bardelli’s
Try: Olympia Range, which consists of four different pizza quarters in one. Wheat-free offered: No. Half and half: Yes.

Basilico
Try: the Basilico with mushrooms, bacon, onions, garlic and avo.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: No.

Blue Water Café
Try: Safari, which is topped with springbok carpaccio, chicken, biltong, rocket, avo and feta.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Borusso’s
Try: Peppalami, with feta, peppadews, salami, fresh tomato and chilli, or the Porcopeppa, with bacon, feta and peppadews (with optional avo).
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Burrata
Try: Burrata pizza with cherry tomatoes, burrata, basil and olive oil.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

Cafe Pescado
Try: Capo pizza with bacon, mushrooms, avo and garlic.
Wheat-free: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Carlyle’s
Try: Brie, blue cheese and fig preserve pizza.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Craft Trattoria
Try: the Fresca Italia pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, rocket, fresh tomatoes and basil. Wheat-free: yes. Half and half: yes.

Da Vinci’s
Try: Da Vinci, topped with bacon, avo, mushrooms and garlic.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Greens on Park
Try: Stagioni, topped with mushrooms, olives, artichokes and salami.
Wheat-free offered: Yes, they’re gluten-free.
Half and half: No.

Massimo’s
Try: Pancetta (Italian bacon) with fior di latte mozzarella and pan-fried mushrooms or try slow roasted lamb shoulder with feta, fresh mint, garlic, chilli and sesame seeds (off the specials menu).
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Meloncino
Try: Meloncino freddo napoletana, topped with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato, basil, olive oil, a pinch of salt and oregano.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

Nonna Lina
Try: the Nonna Lina pizza with Parma ham, rosa tomatoes and pecorino.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

Pizzeria Villagio
Try: Biltong, feta and avo pizza. Wheat-free offered: Yes. Half and half: Yes.

Posticino
Try: Posticino, which is topped with mushrooms, olives, asparagus, green pepper and artichokes.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro
Try: Salmone with onions, capers, feta cheese, white wasabi and smoked Norwegian salmon.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

The Toad in the Village
Try: the New Orlean BBQ with chicken, bacon, mushrooms, sour cream, spring onion and sweet chilli sauce.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: Yes.

The Woodlands Eatery
Try: Slow roasted Tuscan lamb pizza.
Wheat-free offered: Yes, they’re gluten free.
Half and half: Yes, on quiet days.

Winelands

Cucina Carolina
Try: Papalina with Salami Milano, Kalamata olives, mixed peppers and spring onions.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: No.

eat@simonsvlei
Try: the boerewors and chakalaka pizza.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: No.

The Farmers Kitchen
Try: Sundried tomato pesto, chorizo, feta and fresh basil.
Wheat-free offered: No.
Half and half: Yes.

Marc’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Try: the Classic Alsatian with crème fraiche and bacon.
Wheat-free: no.
Half and half: no.

Sgt Pepper
Try: Tannie Tandoori with spicy chicken, cream cheese, sweet chilli and rocket, or the Lord Camembert with chicken, rocket and balsamic reduction.
Wheat-free: Yes, by prior arrangement.
Half and half: Yes .

Stables at Vergelegen
Try: Stone oven pizza with smoked salmon, artichoke, dill cream and crispy fried capers.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: Yes.

Garden Route

Chatters
Try: Dave’s pizza with mozzarella, chilli, basil, bacon and green pepper.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Cornuti Al Mare
Try: Bacon, gorgonzola, chilli and avo pizza.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

Overberg

Piazza Paradiso
Try: the chicken, avo and tomato pizza.
Wheat-free: No.
Half and half: No.

Bella Napoli
Try: the Bella pizza with Gorgonzole, bacon, fresh tomato, onion and avo.
Wheat-free: Yes; they’re gluten-free.
Half and half: yes.

Nationwide

Col’Cacchio in Atoll, Blouberg, Brooklyn,Bryanston, Camps Bay, Canal Walk, Cape Town, Cavendish, Emperor’s PalaceFairland, Franschhoek, Gateway, Lynnwood, Northgate, Sandton, Stellenbosch, Tyger Valley and Woodhill.
Try: Morituri, topped with bacon, chicken, avo, feta and red pepper.
Wheat-free offered: Yes.
Half and half: Yes.

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