On the day before Sir Elton John’s 63rd birthday in Cape Town on 25 March, he expressed a wish to eat pizza after his first concert at Kirstenbosch.  He received an order from little-known pizzeria Ciao Amici in Bergvliet, which has renamed its most popular pizza “Rocket Man” in honour of their most famous customer ever, reports the Sunday Times.

The 16 pizzas he ordered to the value of R 1 490 were described by Sir John as the best pizza he has ever eaten, and therefore the house specialty pizza with rocket, mushrooms, peppers, salami, sun-dried tomatoes and mozarella will be renamed “Rocket Man”, according to the owner Alan Pluke.

Sir John and his partner David Furnish stayed in the presidential suite of the One&Only Cape Town, where he was spotted eating sushi and a club sandwich.   On Tuesday 23 March a R 10 000 a head function was held at the hotel for the Elton John Aids Foundation, which was also attended by One&Only owner Sol Kerzner, Francois Pienaar, and Annie Lennox, who was a surprise performer at Sir John’s concert on the following day, singing ‘Daniel’ to great acclaim from the rain-drenched audience.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com