The History of Pizza

Pizza is more than food; it’s a global sensation with a history as rich as its toppings. This iconic dish, adored by millions, has evolved from ancient flatbreads to the diverse, mouth-watering varieties we enjoy today. And right here at El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, we celebrate this delicious legacy with Debonairs Pizza, a proudly South African brand serving unique and delightful creations.

A Slice of History

Pizza’s story begins in ancient times with simple flatbreads enjoyed by Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. But it was in Naples, Italy, where pizza as we know it took shape. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Neapolitan street vendors began adding tomatoes to their flatbreads, creating the iconic Margherita pizza in honour of Queen Margherita of Savoy.

Pizza Goes Global

Italian immigrants carried their pizza tradition to new lands, with the first U.S. pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opening in New York City in 1905. From New York’s thin crust to Chicago’s deep dish, pizza styles diversified, becoming a beloved staple worldwide.

Debonairs Pizza: Elevating the Experience at El Ridge Corner

Debonairs Pizza isn’t just about making pizza; it’s about crafting unforgettable experiences with every bite.


Here’s what makes Debonairs special:

  • Innovative Creations: From the famous Triple-Decker to the Cram-Decker, Debonairs pushes the boundaries of pizza with multi-layered masterpieces.
  • Proudly South African: With restaurants across the country, including at El Ridge Corner, Debonairs embodies the spirit of South Africa, bringing people together through great pizza.
  • Community and Connection: Whether enjoying a meal with family, hanging out with friends, or celebrating an occasion, Debonairs enhances your moments with delicious, satisfying food.


Next time you’re at El Ridge Corner Shopping Centre, stop by Debonairs Pizza. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer, you’ll find something to love. From the first bite to the last, Debonairs promises an oh-so-tasty and uniquely South African pizza experience.

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