Expect to be all elbows and ears with your neighbouring diners at this tiny pizza bar. The dining room only seats about 25 people, most of whom are crowded around tables that are half the size required. This arrangement becomes a game of Tetris once the pizzas and your drinks arrive and somehow a salad, salt and pepper shakers and your cutlery are then squeezed in between. Plenty of people find this kind of intimacy fun and atmospheric (us included), but others may feel too crowded. There's also a bar counter looking out over the street, the ideal choice for smaller groups or lone diners. Either way booking is advised or order takeaway.
Coalition's accomplished wood-fired pizzas, topped with the freshest buffalo mozzarella, are made according to authentic Neapolitan methods. The two-day slow-rising pizza dough results in a chunkier and chewier base than you usually find in South Africa, and is also slightly charred on the bottom.
The pizza menu stretches to just nine choices, including three 'pizza bianco' (with no tomato), and offers vegetarians as many options as meat eaters. We particularly enjoyed the Gaskelo (rocket, broccoli stems, parma ham and parmesan) and for starters the Bonzi focaccia with garlic and rosemary oil.
A choice of tiramisu, affogato or panna cotta for dessert rounds out the menu and there's a reasonably priced selection of Italian-style (think pinot grigio and sangiovese) South African wines.