You won’t find Hawaiian pizzas on this one-page menu. Instead it’s sensibly divided into Rosso (with tomato and home-made mozzarella) and Bianco (without tomato) sections. The Rosso Holtini features thick round slices of coppa, brown mushrooms and parsley and a doppio zero 00 dough base allowed to rise for two days before being baked to perfection. The Juliani from the Bianco section is plump with crisp courgettes, juicy mushrooms and fresh rocket. Side bowls of chopped chilli and garlic and mini bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil allow you to tailor to your taste. The pizzas come in only one size – generous.
But, if space allows, order one of three quintessential Italian desserts: tiramisu, vanilla bean panna cotta or affogato (a homemade ice cream with a shot of expresso).
Chill with a trendy Aperol aperitif, artisanal G&T or beer. Or choose from among a glass or bottle of one of nine local wines ranging from reasonable to pricey. Given the emphasis on authentic Italian, there’s also prosecco and non-alcoholic San Pellegrino. Round it off with a shot glass of limoncello as a digestif.
Pleasant and welcoming, though you may have to wait a while for your order.
Counters and high stools at the windows and out on the pavement under umbrellas augment the ten tables for two inside. Décor is minimalist industrial – stark black and white. Expect to find plenty of carefully groomed beards, young arty types and fashionistas. And, occasionally, a pavement-parked Vespa.
Take-aways, waiting out peak hour traffic or a delicious start or end to your Keyes Art Mile Saturday outing.
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Truly the best pizza in town. This coming from someone who is not a pizza fan. The Guiliana is my absolute fave!
I have heard a lot of great things about their pizza and have been meaning to give it a try for some time. I was sad to find out that Coalition in Fourways was no longer open, so we headed to the original spot in Parkwood. The restaurant is located on the busy Bolton Rd intersection and finding parking proved to be a bit of a mission. Although the menu was quite limited, the options that we tried were absolutely delicious and probably the best we’ve had in SA. The pizza base is a perfect combination of crispy and chewy. A definite must-try!
Had a lovely evening at the new coalition in Pineslopes. We were about 18 people and not once did it feel like we were an inconvenience. The service was fantastic, happy waiting staff, and all pizzas up to the same high standard. We are often surprised at the simplicity of the menu, but it’s always executed brilliantly and people rave about how delicious the pizzas are. The manager, Odette, deserves special mention for running this tight ship!
Best pizza in Jhb!
Coalition is our go-to restaurant for pizza & wine night. Incredible pizza, excellent service & friendly staff. Last night I had the Juliani bianco - delicious!
The best pizza in Jhb.
I made a reservation at Coalition (8:30pm) for supper this evening after the Rugby at Ellis park. We stood waiting for our Uber at the Stadium for nearly 2 hours. I called Coalition at 7:30pm to apolgise and tell them that unfortunately we were not going to make it as we were literally stuck at the Stadium. We finally got an Uber at 9pm. While stuck in traffic on the way home, a very rude lady named Odette from Coalition called to tell me never to make a reservation at Coalition again.
What a wonderful experience!!!!!! Was really looking forward to visiting Coalition. What poor hospitality and shocking attitude!! Will definitely not be going to Coalition in the future with hospitality like that! WOW