Pizza aficionados, rejoice — there’s now a spot that serves up what you want — think traditional, wood-baked, quality-topped Neapolitan pizzas that beg to be washed down with a glass of Sangiovese. Neapolitan pizza differs from the variety we know: bases are a bit thicker, circumferences a bit smaller, and at Coalition, Tipo 00 flour and fior de latte mozzarella take the quality up a few notches. Owners Shayne Holt (from Parkmore’s Eatery Jhb and Parliament fame), Jason Cederwall, and Shilesh Muralidhara were inspired by the simplicity of the perfect pizza, which they had savored abroad and have now brought to Joburg.
“A couple of tweaks have been necessary for our market (such as slicing the pie, which is technically forbidden), so where possible we compromise, but try and keep it honest and authentic,” Holt says. “My favourite is the Regina (named the Holtini for obvious reasons), so we changed up the generic offering of ham and raw mushrooms for Coppa (cured pork neck — delicious and full of flavour) and thyme-roasted mushrooms, which just adds another dimension to an already perfect pizza.”
We suggest taking a seat below the Roald Dahl quote on the wall and diving into an Americano aperitif (Campari, vermouth, and soda) and a real Margherita. “To get a feel for real Neapolitan pizza and what sets it apart from the ordinary, you have to start with a Margherita,” Holt says. “It’s silly how a simple cheese and tomato pie can be elevated to a thing of beauty.”
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