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Joburg's best lockdown pizzas

03 Jun 2020
created 26 Feb 2020
Whether you favour thin-crust pizzas piled with all the toppings or are more of Napoletana purist who loves nothing more than a classic wood-fired dough topped with tomato and the best buffalo mozzarella, Joburg has a pizza restaurant for you. Note that service is delivery only, restaurants listed deliver within a 5km radius.

Here's our guide to some of our favourite places to satisfy your pizza cravings.

Ant Cafe

Joburg’s quirkiest pizzeria is located in the equally quirky suburb of Melville. Founded more than two decades ago by artist Ronnie van der Walt, the Ant is dimly-lit and smells of wood smoke - a cosy sanctuary that we can't wait to get back to enjoying. While van der Walt is no longer the owner, his art still adorns the walls. The Ant’s pizza crust is impossibly thin and the toppings are fresh and plentiful. 
Deliveries in and around Melville

Piza e Vino

Piza e Vino stands out from other South African pizza chains with its lively atmosphere and creative menu. Each outlet is unique, but the whimsical menu – with cheeky pizza names like ‘Porky the Pig’ and ‘Pavement Special’ – is consistent across locations which is as important for sitting in as it is for lockdown pizza delivery. The ‘Zucco’, topped with butternut, spinach, chillies, and feta, is delicious and affordable and captures South Africa’s penchant for locally-inspired topping combinations. 
Various locations across Joburg including Melrose Arch and The Zone@Rosebank

Coalition

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. Their original branch is at Park Corner in Parkwood and there's a second branch in Sandton Central. In March Coalition was preparing to open their third branch in Blairgowrie which is also now operational and operating deliveries.

DIY pizza kits. In an innovative move Coalition also now sells 'DIY pizza kits' (available from 17:00-19:00), which come with a pre-prepared dough, sauce and toppings for you to cook yourself in the oven at home!
Deliveries in and around Parkwood, Sandton Central and Blairgowrie

Lisa Stofella, co-founder of Dolci Bar & Pizzeria

Dolci Bar and Pizzeria

When Dolci Café in Craighall Park in 2015 it was a small Italian pasticceria and over the years Dolci expanded to become a fully-fledged restaurant. In 2019 the Dolci team expanded into the neighbouring premises to launch Dolci Bar and Pizzeria together with the team from O'ver Pizza, run by the remarkable Lisa Stofella, a finalist in the 2019 Miss South Africa pageant. O'ver in Neapolitan dialect roughly translates to "the real deal" and that it is. The Dolci pizza menu features six variations of pizza including a classic Margherita with fior de late mozzarella, the Diavola with salami and hot sauce and our favourite, the Contadina with olives, mushrooms, red pepper and creamy ricotta. The secret, says Lisa, is in using refined stone ground flour which provides the lightness and a wood-fired oven that bakes a pizza at 400 Degrees Celsius in around 90 seconds. 
Deliveries in and around Craighall Park

Andiccio 24

This chain of pizza joints does takeaways and free deliveries but you can also stop by and eat your pizza at the store. It may be fast food, but you can never go wrong with an Andiccio's pizza, especially if you are on your way home from a night out. The menu lets you choose as many toppings in whatever combination you prefer. There are also dessert pizzas with chocolate and bananas if that's your thing. The thin pizza base has a starting price and then the sky’s the limit. Salads work on the same principle. Gluten-free pizzas are available.
There are more than a dozen branches across Joburg including in Greenside, Bryanston, Randburg, Fourways, Rosebank, Illovo and Morningside.

Cafe-28 Inanda

When we are allowed back out again to enjoy restaurants, Cafe-28 in Inanda, just around the corner from Sandton Central's glittering business district should definitely be on your list of places to go for a relaxed al fresco lunch, overlooking lush green landscaped lawns. In the meantime the next best thing is to order their excellent Neapolitan-style pizzas for delivery. The creamy burrata topping is a delicious luxury.
Deliveries in and around Sandton.

Pizza from Cafe 28 Inanda

Jolly Roger

The infamous Jolly Roger on Parkhurst's 4th Avenue is probably one of the most notorious pubs in the northern suburbs - no matter what day of the week there's never such a thing as 'just one pint' at the Jolly. While the pub remains closed they are firing up their famous wood-fired oven to make their pizzas available for delivery.
Deliveries in and around Parkhurst

Sette Bello at The Italian Club

It doesn't get better than The Italian Club, the heart of east Joburg's sizeable Italian community in Bedfordview. The club's deli and cucina Sette Bello now has a special lockdown delivery menu which includes their famous pizzas. These are real big pizza pies cooked the Italian way in an wood-fired oven. Phone and order directly on +27 10 035 5207. 
Pizza deliveries are available Friday to Sunday only in and around Bedfordview.

Sette Bello at The Italian C;ub

Col'Cacchio

Col'Cacchio's pizzerias are now open for deliveries and you can't fault their topping combinations! There's also carb-free options for those who are somehow still counting their calories during lockdown. Those looking to enjoy an evening pizza during ramadan should look to the Rand Steam branch in Richmond which is fully Halaal.
Various locations across Joburg

Chalkboard Pizza Parlour

The Chalkboard cafe and pizza parlour adjoining the old The Bioscope cinema in Maboneng is up and running for pizza deliveries. Plenty of new cafes and pizzerias have come and gone in Maboneng, and Chalkboard remains the original and best. Avos on your pizza are de rigeur.
Deliveries in and around Maboneng

Picola

Hidden in a non-descript shopping centre on Linden’s 4th Avenue, this restaurant’s atmosphere has always been rather non-descript, as popular for sit in as for takeaway. The pizzas are perfectly seasoned with a generous sprinkling of cheese and the kitchen works with lightning-speed getting takeaway pizzas prepped and ready for delivery in under 10 minutes. 
Deliveries in and around Linden

Trabella

This popular neighbourhood pizza-pasta restaurant with locations in Parkview and Illovo is a long-running neighbourhood favourite, in normal times packed with diners enjoying the cosy candlelit atmosphere. Pizzas are thin and crispy and with a generous amount of toppings. If you are super hungry try the Tracy, named after the owner, which comes with pretty much every topping imaginable. Other weird and wacky topping combos include a festive bacon, brie and cranberry mix. 
Deliveries in and around Illovo and Parkview

The Dark Kitchen

A few weeks before the Coronavirus crisis started Voodoo Lily and Arbour Cafe in Birdhaven launched their own 'Dark Kitchen' that was already operating on a delivery only basis. During lockdown in addition to Tex Mex, Mediterranean dishes, galettes, salads and sandwiches The Dark Kitchen is also specialising in pizzas. Choose from classic or 'gourmet' combos, or mix and match your own toppings.
Deliveries in and around Melrose / Birdhaven 

Cafe del Sol 

This Italian family-owned and run trattoria has two locations - Cafe del Sol Classico is in Olivedale and Cafe del Sol Botanico in Bryanston. Under Level 4 restrictions the wood-fired oven is back up and running, serving up the best Northern Italian style thin-crust pizzas.
Deliveries in and around Bryanston and Olivedale

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