For all of you pizza lovers out there, you are going to love this weeks Hidden Gem which is the charming Ferdinando’s Pizzeria. This is proper Italian pizza, made with the freshest of ingredients that will leave you coming back for MORE, MORE, MORE! Ferdinando’s is perfect for  solo travelers, pizza lovers, locals and those just looking for good food in a fun energetic environment! So let us tell you more about this quirky and fun spot….

What it’s all about
Ferdinando’s is all about the love shared over pizza and if you love pizza then you will love Ferdinando’s. With the head chef, Diego, being born and bred from Italy you can rest assured that the pizzas are made in true authentic Italian style. Making them super delicious.

You are often greeted by the Big Boss, Ferdinando when entering the pizzeria as he paces up and down the restaurant. He is also a dog. So if you are a dog lover you will not be able to resist a cuddle from this hairy charmer – However you may have to join a queue as this is one well loved and popular pooch.

And although this doggy certainly knows the scent of good pizza you will be glad to know that it is in fact his owners, Diago and Kiki who help him in running this friendly pizzeria!

The people
South African artist Kimon (Kiki) Bisogno and Italian chef Diego Milesi met up on their travels around the world and eventually made their way to Cape Town, where they inadvertently started a ‘secret pizzeria’ in their Waterkant home. Their pizza oven became so popular with neighbours and friends they had no option but to move their oven more formally to this fantastic hidden gem in Observatory.

Watch this video for more detail on how their pizza love story evolved.

The grub
If you’re not already peckish when you arrive by the scent alone, the complimentary bread sticks will get your appetite raring to go. Served in a little copper cup, they’re made of pizza dough and taste magnificent dipped in homemade aioli (sure to keep the vampires away). Even better another batch soon arrives after the first disappears in a flurry of dipping, munching and happy mmm mmm-ing. This stuff is seriously good and we suggest buying a jar to either take home or to enjoy on your travels – otherwise you will forever spend days dreaming about it!

Now for the main purpose of the visit – The PIZZA!

Cooked in the wood-burning oven that conspicuously bulges into the open kitchen, the thin bases smell and taste delicious. They are not too crisp and provide enough chewy texture for the tomato sauce, cheese and toppings to hold on to. The pizza’s are made with a fairly thick crust which is perfect for yet MORE aioli dipping

With a full pizza menu we suggest ordering a few different ones and sharing (if in a group).

For something classic we recommend the Parmigiana which is topped with a few slices of pan-fried aubergine, provolone and mozzarella or a good ol Margherita. But if you are looking for something little more adventurous we love The French Prince which is a tomato and mozzarella base topped with camembert, cranberries and bacon!


And if your not into pizza (who are you? You’re crazy!) there are a few other things for you to choose from the menu  including pasta, prawns and salad to name but a few.

The bar is located at the back of the Pizzeria and despite being reasonably small they are fully stocked and offer a variety of drinks including some cocktails to get you in the mood.

Location, location, location 
205 Lower Main Road,
Cape Town.

084 771 0485

Top tips 

  • Arrive with an empty tummy!
  • The pizza really is the specialty here and while they do serve deserts we suggest ordering more pizza if you are still hungry after round one.
  • Take your time to read the menu  – a ring-bound booklet of illustrations and handwritten stories. It really is charming
  • If you have pizza left over as if you can take it home in one of their boxes. ALL of the boxes are hand designed by Kiki and are awesome!