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It’s back! The Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge returns to find out who will be crowned South Africa’s favourite pizzeria in 2023, as voted for by consumers..For those who do not know, Porcupine Ridge makes some of SA’s most delicious easy drinking wines —perfect for food,especially  pizza.

Diego Milesi –Ferdinandos

In a hotly contested competition last year, top spot went to Cape Town’s Ferdinando’s with second place going to Gino’s in Robertsham (winner of the inaugural 2021 competition) and Bardelli’s (Cape Town) taking the number three spot. Others in the top 10 included Gino’s (Stellenbosch), Enzo Pizzeria (Scottburgh), Caspita (George), Lucio’s (Randburg), Piccola Rossa (Edenvale), Osteria Rossa (Bedfordview) and Izzeria (Brooklyn).


With his hard working staff



Like most of last year’s challengers, Milesi says Ferdinando’s will be entering the challenge again this year: “More people are getting passionate about pizza so I think the competition will only get tougher. We are in it for the long run and hope we continue to be blessed.”

Mooiuitsig perfect pizza


The rules remain the same, with the public voting for their favourite local pizzeria via a dedicated voting website. The restaurant with the most votes will be crowned South Africa’s favourite pizzeria, picking up the ultimate bragging rights as well as wine and marketing collateral to the value of R40 000

The Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge runs until September 30, with the Top 20 and winner being announced in early November. The challenge is open to any restaurant offering pizza on its menu and holding a valid liquor license.

Wish I was there

Each week, one lucky voter can win a case of Porcupine Ridge wine and EarthFire pizza accessories, while a grand prize-winner drawn at the end of the challenge will receive five cases of Porcupine Ridge wine, an EarthFire TableTop Pizza Oven and pizza from their favourite pizzeria to the value of R2 000.


For more information and to vote visit: www.votepizza.wine


For more on Porcupine Ridge visit: www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za/porcupine-ridge


Restaurants interested in participating in the Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge should contact their local Vinimark reps or email clarissa@boekenhoutskloof.co.za.

Corlies yummy Italian pizza

14 August

With only eight weeks to go before voting closes, this year’s Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge is hotter than a wood-fired oven, with a close tussle for the top spot between last year’s winner Ferdinando’s (Observatory, Cape Town), 2021 winner and last year’s runner up, Gino’s (of Robertsham, Johannesburg) and Gino’s in Stellenbosch which is currently in the lead.

Corlie Attie Esterhuyse

Not far behind and closing in fast however is Corlie’s Italian, a Somerset West-based restaurant that did not feature in last year’s top 20 finalists, but which clearly has a loyal fan base who absolutely love the restaurant’s pizzas, as well as the other offerings on the menu, and are determined to see their favourite pizzeria do well and get the recognition it deserves.

23 August


Family fare at its best

Not far behind and closing in fast is popular Potchefstroom eatery, Julia’s Eatalian, Somerset West-based restaurant Corlie’s Italian, Randburg institution Lucios, KwaZulu Natal’s Enzo’s (based in Scottburgh), Mooiuitsig Kombuis which can be found at Groot Brakrivier and Izzeria, the Pretoria establishment that also made it into the Top 10 last year.


Others in the running include Sartori (Kalk Bay), Bella Italia (Vredehoek), Twenty-Two Eatery and Wine Bar (St Francis Bay), Luigi’s Pizzeria (Olivedale), Kerdoni’s (Bloemfontein), Café La Mare (Gqeberha), The Village Bicycle (Claremont), Osteria Rossa (Bedfordview) and Dino’s Trattoria (Lonehill).

11 Sept

Juan van der Bank Mooiuitsig

Since the start of July, more than 90 restaurants from all over South Africa have been dishing up thousands of pizzas to their loyal patrons who in turn have been casting their votes in an effort to ensure their favourite eatery stands a chance of winning this year’s Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge.

Crisply perfect

There’s one newcomer to the competition that’s closing the gap fast and is presently placed at number six with four weeks of voting still left to go.


And that newbie is Mooiuitsig Kombuis, located in Groot Brakrivier, an historic coastal village 17 kilometres north of Mossel Bay.


Says owner Erasmus Myburg: “Established roughly 10 years ago, it was originally one of the local bars in the area but after I acquired it about a year ago, I decided to turn it into a more family-friendly establishment.”


It wasn’t long before the restaurant had become a firm favourite with both locals and visitors to the area, with its pizzas particularly sought after.


“Since we made the change we have won the Restaurant Guru Award for the best pizzas and we were also nominated the best restaurant in the area,” says Myburg.