Far from a cosy, village-style pizzeria, Artisan in Hilton is light and airy and softened by the undoubted charm of the staff. The menu is small (nine pizzas and three pasta dishes), a handful of ‘fingers’ (like focaccia or salads) and three ‘spoons’ (desserts), but was developed with input from local suppliers and is, like its decor, uncompromising in ensuring top-notch quality. Traditional ingredients are paired into contemporary combinations, like the ultra thin-crust pizzas or meltingly tender coriander-pesto chicken with grilled pineapple and jalapeño chillies. Specials include offerings like a meat-lover’s fantasy of sausage, bacon, salami and meatballs.
Hilton Village Centre, Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal; 033-343-1095. http://artisanpizza.co.za/
By Gill Hyslop