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Massimo’s

Massimo’s
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzas
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R60 (per 4 people)

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

This Hout Bay favourite continues to keep locals happy with good pizzas, pastas and a passionately-run business.

Food
This is good, comforting Italian food with a wide variety to choose from. Start with one of the platters or make up your own selection with “spuntini” (Italian tapas dishes). The baby artichokes - deep-fried - come with a creamy pesto dip and are absolutely moreish. There are also marinated local olives, calamari, and a overly indulgent dish dubbed Bomba. This baked treat is comprised of chorizo sausage, focaccia pieces, roasted garlic and Italian cheeses and is melted in the pizza oven until bubbling and decadent.

For mains, choose from on of the many wood-fired pizzas or homemade pastas. The former includes all the usual suspects as well as some interesting options like the Alba with garlic butter, brie, Parma ham and truffle cream; or the El Gringo with tomato, spicy chilli con carne and smoked mozzarella. If you're more of a traditionalist, the Napoli with anchovies and capers will please, as will a simple and perfectly cheesy fior di latte margherita. On the pasta front, name the sauce and it's there. A classic puttanesca provides ample salty flavours and the artichoke ravioli with butter and sage is a hit. The lasagnes are great, too although the vegetarian version lacks a bit in flavour. There's also a charity pizza and pasta offering where the Massimo's team will donate to a charity when you order one of those dishes.

Skip the pud and order a limoncello, else the homemade Italian kisses will seal the deal wonderfully.

Drinks
Familiar favourites feature on the wine list with like Miss Molly, Vondeling, and Anura to name a few. Craft beers are also available and the limoncello is naturally a top order.

Service
While the staff are friendly, there’s still a bit of a delay and distraction in service. That being said, it doesn’t completely detract from the laid back ambience.

Ambience
This is relaxed family-friendly dining with both outdoor and indoor seating. A wood-fired oven roaring in the background completes the scene.

Best for...
A relaxed pizza-filled lunch or dinner with the family.

(2018)

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  • Graham Howe

    Food
    This is a landmark for seriously good Italian cuisine in the suburbs. Top-quality imported ingredients, sublime homemade delicacies and Piedmontese passion in Massimo’s kitchen are a winning formula. Pasta and thirty kinds of wood-fired pizza made from stone-ground flour are the heroes of the menu, but it would be a mistake not to taste the wonderful Mediterranean flavours of the antipasti platters of spuntini. There’s tuna carpaccio, bresaola, bruschetta, polenta bites and seafood fritto misto.

    The thin-crust pizzas are topped with mozzarella and gourmet ingredients from mortadella, pancetta, coppa and parma ham to Massimo’s homemade sausage, boerewors and meatballs. An authentic pasta menu tempts, with imported short or long pasta in half or full portions topped with deliciously flavoured sauces.

    Vegetarians are spoiled for choice with a wide variety of fare marked with a V, like the delicious artichoke or butternut and sage ravioli. Homemade sauces on the pasta range from classic amatriciana, rigoletto and carbonara to roasted artichokes, peppers and tomatoes for vegetarians.

    Leave room for the boozy desserts – a limoncello bomb or a chocolate liqueur volcano. You can expect big flavours, great quality, good value for money and generous portions. You’ll be back, that’s for sure.

    Drinks
    Expect Constantia wines, craft beers and Massimo’s own limoncello and cuciarin (a flaming cube of sugar in orange alcohol served on a spoon).

    Ambience
    A lively, laidback family trattoria in the comfort zone infused with dolce vita.

    Service
    Husband-and-wife owners Massimo and Tracey with their family offer warm, hands-on hospitality.

    And…
    Take advantage of the winter blackboard specials. A range of gluten-free chickpea and rice flour pizza bases are available, as well as bambino portions.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Massimo’s- the mass-es will be i(e)mo -tional after they’ve been here. The best pizzeria in Africa that has a paying it forward system which allows you to fill up on the carbs guilt-free. The pizza is also only in the oven for 90 seconds creating a well balanced thin base pizza, cooked through that is moist. Food: light, fresh, delicate, no oiliness, Absolutely loved the Porcella pizza with no tomato base as a first try. The thin base handmade pizzas make for a light yet filling meal. This is definitely the best pizzeria on the African continent. If you like coffee and ice cream- this will make you go- mmmmmmmmmm ☺️ Do yourself a favour order the Affogato. Service: as usual excellence all the way around. I must say it is one of the restaurants that have waiters that come at literally the right time to check up on your experience, recommendations are on point and always a friendly smile. This is a family place that’s reminds you to put your phone away, meaningful conversations are taking place. Family above everything. Ambience: it feels like home away from home with a whole lot more comfort food that fills the spot,. It’s intimate yet gives space for you to bring the whole family along, young and old.
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  • SHOCKING SERVICE OWNER VERY AGGRESSIVE TO CRITICISM CALLED SECURITY DID NOT DEFUSE SITUATION OF A VERY UNHAPPY CLIENT WOULD NOT LISTEN GOT VERY HEATED THROUGH US OUT , BUT SERVICE SHOCKING AND HIS ATTITUDE WAS TOTALLY UNRESPONSIVE AND DEFENSIVE.
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  • Absolutely delicious authentic pizza, such a big variety to choose from. A warm welcoming atmosphere and the service is always great. They are so generous and donate a lot to charity so I will definitely support them as much as I can. Highly recommended :)
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  • Massimo’s has hands-down the best pizza in Cape Town. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the staff and owner are attentive and so friendly. One of my absolute favourite restaurants in Cape Town.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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