The 2021 runner-up was Ferdinando’s, a quirky and colourful restaurant which was born when Kimon (Kiki) Bisogno, a South African artist, met Italian Diego Milesi during her international travels. They fell in love, relocated to the Mother City, decided to share their love of pizza with Capetonians and started a “secret pizzeria” in their home before moving into formal premises. And who is Ferdinando? He’s their four-legged, furry child, who patrols the premises keeping an eye on things.
Says Bisogno: “This year we celebrate 10 years of making pizza. It has been a journey of love and passion. We started in our apartment on Loader Street and now we have a 70-seater restaurant. We are proud. It’s all about love and being true to who we are.” Their best-selling pizza is the Classic Diavola, spicy Italian salami on a margarita base, while the signature offering is the Turbanite, grilled baby marrow, homemade caramelised onion jam and feta.