Cape Town’s Cutest Pizza Shop: I Love The Dough

There is a LOT of good pizza in the Mother City. Decent take out joints like Butler’s Pizza, Porter’s and New York Pizza Slice keep us fueled up, while old classics such as Borruso’s, Bocca and Bacini’s hold us down. But there’s a new kid on the block and she’s oh so adorable.

While stopped along Bree street, I noticed a new baby pink building (which reminded me of the Little Theatre in Oranjemund). DOUGH was hung above the door and I knew I had to return. A week later, friends were popping in for a review so I tagged (along with my friend Pia) to try out the Arcade owned restaurant.

I Love the Dough

Blazing hot pink under in the warm spring light, I immediately fell in love. Filled with tons of cool kids, no latest fashion item was going to separate me from “Enjoy your F**king Dinner” painted on the mirror and “F**k anyone who doesn’t like this place”. I was in heaven.

But would the food be any good? Yes, yes and yes again. Their menu is cleverly designed for the drunk with menu items being called A, B, C, D, E, F, etc. Short, simple, love it.

Pia and I ordered an “A”: Focaccia, smashed whole avo, bufala fior di latte mozzarella (essentially regular cow’s milk mozzarella, not from the Campania region in Italy), lemon lime olive oil, micro greens, Maldon salt (English sea salt), chili flakes, pine nuts.

Dean ordered a number 3 and Tracey ordered a Number 4. A number 3 is a tomato, mozzarella, rocket, parma ham, parmesan and extra virgin olive oil pizza while a number 4 is basically a salami pizza.

They looked and smelt incredible! It’s impossible to say there was too much avo on our foccacia, but there was too much avo on our Foccacia. 😂

I didn’t have a taste of Dean & Tracey’s as we were honestly so full from the whole avo, but I will 100% be back as the food was outstanding (and way better than Arcade’s pizza I might add).

The Vibe

A combination of school girls shifting uneasily as they tried to blend in as adults, cool kids enjoying the “old school” beats (noughties), 40+ on dates and 30 somethings (us) drinking whiskies and singing along made up the majority of the clientele.

I think we were the last table to leave because it was too much fun! The food, pricing and music were all perfect for the current restaurant landscape and I’ll definitely be back! 💗

I Love The Dough Menu




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