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Massimo’s

Massimo’s
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzas
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Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
Husband-and-wife owners Massimo (from Piedmont) and Tracey (from Liverpool) offer warm, hands-on hospitality at this local landmark for authentic Italian cuisine. Fine ingredients – imported charcuterie, parmesan, mozzarella, pasta and stone-ground flour to make their legendary wood-fired pizza – show in the quality and flavour of homemade fare.

To start, share a selection of cold and hot spuntini (tapas), an A-Z of bruschetta, Italian meatballs, deep-fried baby artichokes, pan-fried chorizo and polenta bites. The regulars cannot resist the temptation of one of 30 or so divine thin-crust pizzas on offer, topped with bresaola, pancetta, coppa, Parma ham and Massimo’s homemade artisanal sausage and meatballs, including a special bambino-size pizza range.

An extensive pasta menu tempts with short or long pasta, and signature butternut, sage and butter ravioli, which all come in half and full portions. Hearty sauces range from classic arrabbiata, carbonara and puttanesca to roasted artichokes, peppers and tomatoes for vegetarians. Don’t miss the signature dessert: a boozy trio of three chocolate cups filled with homemade chocolate liqueur. These are generous portions at reasonable prices.

Drinks
Try local Constantia wines, craft beers as well as Massimo’s homemade sangria, limoncello and ciocommio (a chocolate liqueur infused with different flavours).

Service
Attentive and warm, with informed advice on daily specials and signature dishes.

Ambience
Busy and bustling. A warm family spirit infuses this comfort zone with light and laughter.

And…
Make up a party of friends and family and take advantage of the specials like the pasta and pizza feast and Italian feast for six or more adults.

(September 2016)

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  • Linda Scarborough

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    The antipasti selection will have you weak at the knees, with everything from seared beef carpaccio and polenta-and-parmesan bites with truffle salt to fried mozzarella balls with creamy pesto. You could move on to serious Italian fare like artichoke soup with a Parma ham crisp, duck-filled ravioli with wild mushrooms, a T-bone with Dijon mustard sauce, or spicy beef and lamb meatballs, but the famous pizza is probably why you’re here. If you skipped the starters to head straight for the pizza oven, start with the fun focaccia, Between the Sheets, stuffed with cream cheese and Gorgonzola. The Pancetta pizza with pan-fried mushrooms is a simple classic. You could shake things up a bit with the Afrikana, which comes with boerewors and caramelised onions; the Capo Tonno, with capers, fresh rocket and tuna carpaccio; or beautiful vegetarian options like the Tricolore with roasted garlic, cacio, ribbons of zucchini and fresh tomato; or the Zucca with roasted butternut, feta, chilli and garlic. All come with a thin base with just the right amount of chew, slightly blackened at the bottom by the wood-fired oven. If you’re avoiding gluten, try their homemade chickpea base, or the one made with Glutagon flour for an extra R18. Pasta options are numerous and varied enough to keep everybody happy, with all the Italian ingredients your heart could desire, including Parma ham, basil pesto, roasted garlic, pine nuts, anchovies, bacon and artichoke truffle cream. Finish off the meal with one of a handful of reliable options, including sticky toffee pudding, tiramisu, a chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce, crème brûlée or Italian kisses. There are sweet pizzas too, topped with chocolate spread, bananas and caramel sauce.

    Drinks
    They’re in the process of obtaining a new liquor license, so while they can’t sell you any alcohol, they can serve you a ‘free’ carafe, glass of wine or draught beer along with small focaccia breads. The neat vino selection keeps it local with a couple of Hout Bay brands amongst some interesting offerings. Updated info available?

    Service
    A warm greeting from Tracy at the door makes us feel very welcome and we spy Massimo himself talking to regulars and checking on things at the pizza-making station. It’s great that the restaurant hires and upskills youngsters from disadvantaged communities in Hout Bay. Our waiter isn’t the chirpiest, but maybe it’s just an off day for him, as the other staff seem to be all smiles.

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    The spacious restaurant has big tables for family gatherings (which are popular here) and some smaller ones dotted in the corners for more intimate meals. The pizza oven and fireplace keep things warm in winter, with the doors spilling onto a little garden with a jungle gym for the kids. Black-and-white family photos add to the homey atmosphere.

    And…
    Massimo’s generously supports various charities. Order the Luna pizza and R10 will go to DARG and Hout Bay PETS; if you have the Sunflower pizza or pasta, R10 goes to The Sunflower Fund to support bone-marrow donors; and the Happy Valley calzone supports Hout Bay Neighbourhood watch with R10 per order. You can also #payitforward by purchasing a virtual slice of pizza for R10. For every six slices sold, Massimo’s will deliver one pizza to that month’s chosen charity or organisation.

  • Linda Scarborough

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    The antipasti selection will have you weak at the knees, with everything from seared beef carpaccio and polenta-and-parmesan bites with truffle salt to fried mozzarella balls with creamy pesto.

    You could move on to serious Italian fare like artichoke soup with a Parma ham crisp, duck-filled ravioli with wild mushrooms, a T-bone with Dijon mustard sauce, or spicy beef and lamb meatballs, but the famous pizza is probably why you’re here.

    If you skipped the starters to head straight for the pizza oven, start with the fun focaccia, Between the Sheets, stuffed with cream cheese and gorgonzola. The Pancetta pizza with pan-fired mushrooms is a simple classic, but you could shake things up a bit with the Afrikana, which comes with boerewors and caramelised onions; the Capo Tonno, with capers, fresh rocket and tuna carpaccio; or beautiful vegetarian options like the Tricolore with roasted garlic, cacio, ribbons of zucchini and fresh tomato; or the Zucca with roasted butternut, feta, chilli and garlic. All come with a thin but just chewy enough base, slightly blackened at the bottom by the wood-fired oven. If you’re avoiding gluten, try their homemade chickpea base, or the one made with Glutagon flour for an extra R18.

    Pasta options are numerous and varied enough to keep everybody happy, with all the Italian ingredients your heart could desire, including Parma ham, basil pesto, roasted garlic, pine nuts, anchovies, bacon and artichoke truffle cream.

    Finish off the meal with one of a handful of reliable options, including sticky toffee pudding, tiramisu, a chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce, crème brûlée or Italian kisses. There are sweet pizzas too, topped with chocolate spread, bananas and caramel sauce.

    Drinks
    They’re in the process of obtaining a new liquor licence, so while they can’t sell you any alcohol, they can serve you a ‘free’ carafe, glass of wine or draught beer along with small focaccia breads. The neat vino selection keeps it local with a couple of Hout Bay brands amongst some interesting offerings.

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    A warm greeting from Tracy at the door makes us feel very welcome and we spy Massimo himself talking to regulars and checking on things at the pizza-making station. It’s great that the restaurant hires and upskills youngsters from disadvantaged communities in Hout Bay. Our waiter isn’t the chirpiest, but maybe it’s just an off day for him, as the other staff seem to be all smiles.

    Ambience
    The spacious restaurant has big tables for family gatherings (which are popular here) and some smaller ones dotted in the corners for more intimate meals. The pizza oven and fireplace keep things warm in winter, with the doors spilling onto a little garden with a jungle gym for the kids. Black-and-white family photos add to the homey atmosphere.

    And… 

    Massimo’s generously supports various charities. Order the Luna pizza and R10 will go to DARG and Hout Bay PETS; if you have the Sunflower pizza or pasta, R10 goes to The Sunflower Fund to support bone-marrow donors; and the Happy Valley calzone supports Hout Bay Neighbourhood watch with R10 per order. You can also #payitforward by purchasing a virtual slice of pizza for R10. For every six slices sold, Massimo’s will deliver one pizza to that month’s chosen charity or organisation.

    (June 2015)

  • Bernadette le Roux

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    Start with authentic Italian antipasti, including fried polenta dusted with truffle salt, marinated baby artichokes, pan-fried chorizo and much, much more.

    The thin-based pizzas are known far and wide and are all made using stone-ground Eureka flour and fior di latte mozzarella. You’ll find only fresh toppings like parma ham, figs and gorgonzola. And if pizza or pasta is not your thing, the daily chalkboard is always filled with tempting options like steak with café de Paris butter, cassoulet, fresh mussels and innovative salads. On ‘Fat Tuesdays’ you can eat all the pizza you want for R99 (served by the slice and includes a shared green salad).

    Drinks 
    A carefully crafted wine list includes wines from some lesser-known boutique estates, most of which are available by the glass. An exceptional Italian Prosecco (lighter than MCC, with a fine, very vivacious mousse) is also available and reasonably priced by the glass or the bottle.

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    Service over the weekends can be a little on the slow side, but with a restaurant bursting at the seams and lots of little people around, this is easily forgiven. Chef and owners Massimo and Tracy are very much a part of the furniture.

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    Massimo’s (aka ‘Pizza Club’) has become a Hout Bay institution. It’s a great place for families and has a jungle gym outside for small children. In the daytime it has a casual café feel which warms up at night.

    And… 
    The Italian Feast, at R165 per person, is a must for groups of six or more adults. It starts with a selection of antipasti and salad, followed by the chance to try all the pizza on the menu! The pizza keeps coming till you’ve had your fill.

    (July 2014)

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    Many claim that Massimo's pizzas are the best in Cape Town. If you like your crust thin yet chewy, and your toppings classic yet inventive (real Italian sausage with roasted peppers and cacio cheese), you just may agree. In addition to the stellar pies, delicious pastas and a list of excellent starters (think sausages roasted on a rosemary skewer) tempt.

    Wine
    A well-selected list dominated by locals, with almost everything by the glass, as well as some Italian options, craft beer and Peroni.

    Service
    Extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff members are overseen by affable owners Massimo and Tracy.

    Ambience
    The large farmhouse space is casual and comfy, with the wood-fired oven raging in the corner, lending the feel of being in someone's (slightly cavernous) kitchen. Great for groups.

    And...
    Order and collect takeaways before 7pm for a 15% discount. Groups of six or more should try the Italian Feast: a family-style array of antipasti, salads and endless pizza for R145 per person. (LM, October 2012)

User reviews

  • What a lovely spot! When the craving for real good pizza hits, there is no better! So happy to have found this place, better late then never! Thanks so much for a fantastic lunch! and such friendly staff :)
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  • Good food in a awesome place. Staff is very kind and service good. I appreciated very much antipasti and pizza. Next time I will in Cape Town I definitely come back to Massimo's.
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  • Every time I visited Massimo’s, I tasted dishes that combine quality and a very original presentation. The ambience is cosy, cured, casual with pleasant pictures on the walls. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. The staff for service is wisely managed by Tracy, who doesn't lose sight for a moment its customers to meet their requests. I know Massimo and Tracy for a long time and I admire their enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to their job. I had diner many times at Massimo’s tasting both the pizzas that traditional Italian dishes: all is great! Pizza made on Wood burning oven is simply fantastic, especially Pere and Gorgonzola. And, at the end of dinner, I have never forgotten to order the tiramisu and the homemade frozen limoncello! An important aspect to point out is also the generous support that Massimo gives to various organizations, first of all The Sunflower Fund to support bone-marrow donors.
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  • I visit Massimos very regularly, at least twice a month, mostly because of the great staff, lovely ambiance and excellent pizzas. To borrow the words from a friend 'I didn't know what REAL pizza was until I visited Massimos'. Moreover, on the day I got promoted I visited Massimos and the owners Tracy and Massimo Orione sent me a complimentary glass of champagne. Massimos treats you like family!
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  • What can I say about Massimo's except they are great! All around service and food. The owners greet you at the door and make you feel at home! I am a Hout Bay local so visit there at least once per month. Not only do they have the BEST pizza but also great main dishes and a tiramisu to die for. Plus an added bonus, two outdoor kiddies play areas.
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  • Friendly, warm and my Hout Bay favorite restaurant is definitely Massimos! Just down the street from me, with a casual atmosphere and constantly great delicious authentic Italian food. Daily specials that keep changing - and the menu is very extensive, so there is always something for everybody. Good for couples, groups, families…. Thanks Tracy, Massimo and the staff for always making me feel so welcome here :-)
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  • I am a Pizza lover and therefore have eaten Pizza all my life all over the world. Massimo's has clearly not only the best Pizzas I have ever eaten but also an outstanding variety of Pizzas.
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  • Relaxing evening out at Massimo's is a must. Fantastic, tasty pizza's where the quality of the ingredients is top notch. Love this as my local pizza / pasta / have a great meal out spot. Friendly staff and you get to contribute to local good causes with Massimo's 'pay it forward' scheme - others get to enjoy fantastic pizza too :-)
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  • Massimo's is our favorite family style restaurant, the environment is warm and homely. Massimo experiments with innovative flair offering food that is tantalizing, flavorsome and delicious. Everything on the menu can be recommended and his pizzas and pastas are sublime. We frequented Massimo's whilst renovating our newly purchased home to relish in the home from home experience. We also love the idea of giving back to the broader community and Massimo does this in his fun way. We are always pleasantly satisfied with the dining experience and wishing to return for more!!!!
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  • Tracy and Massimo of "Massimo"s love what they do. And you can tell that this is true by trying their fantastic pizzas or their to-die-for Tiramisu. The atmosphere in the restaurant is so homey - I come here three times a week to enjoy the authentic food, the very friendly service (always ready for a joke) and a nice chat with Tracy and Massimo. My favorite Pizza: Pizza pesto: fresh tomatoes, basil, mozarella and home made Pesto: simple - good - authentic. Tracy and Massimo created a great local restaurant and their engagement in Hout Bay's community is one of a kind. Thanks, guys!
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  • Gem of a restaurant in Hout Bay, love it and have eaten here about 6 times, would be more if I lived nearby. Great Italian food.
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  • Really nice place to be. Service was great aswell as the pizzas :) Definitely will be for more.
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  • As always, the best pizza in Cape Town bar none. Tracey, Massimo and the team never fail. Feels like you are dining at an old friend's house. Great environment for kids and adults alike
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  • Pizza's come and go, but Massimo's are simply the best - that superior crispy thin base cannot be beaten! Start with a focaccia to appreciate it in minimalist form - thin, crispy and full of flavour, then go on to a pizza - lots of choices, with toppings both local and imported (e.g. italian meats), and enjoy! Or order a few and share at the table. The place is generally buzzing with activity, so booking is advisable, and as it is family-friendly, go after 7 if you want it a bit more quiet. It's an informal place with a relaxed ambience, so no need to dress up. Service is good - especially if Tracy is helping out, and the overall experience is consistently good no matter when you go - I live in Stellenbosch and even though Massimo's is a far drive, it is really well worth it!
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  • Our family visited Massimos for the first time (can you believe it!) earlier this month and what a delightfully wonderful outing it turned out to be. My 2 and 4 year olds went straight for the pizzas - excellent choice - while my husband and i enjoyed the most succulent salmon. I couldn't believe it had taken us that long to eat there. And the the kids play area was the highlight of my sons afternoon. They gobbled down their pizzas and then left us to gobble down a few glasses of wine :-) Definitely my kind of Sunday afternoon. What can i say - the combination of excellent food, attentive service and a cosy setting will definitely keep us coming back for more!
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  • My family and I have been to Massimo's so many times, I've lost count! We've been during (very) busy times, and quiet times, and always received excellent service. The pizza is fantastic - if I'm in charge of where we eat pizza, it's always here; I don't willingly go anywhere else in Cape Town. Can't recommend it enough!
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  • Massimo's is one of our favorite Friday evening "wind down from the week restaurants". The lovely playground out back, which is fully enclosed and safe, means you can relax with friendly service, classically prepared Italian food and a good selection of craft beers/local wine while your kids will be having fun. Aside from the pizza and pasta staples on the menu, there're always some interesting specials and firm favorites like the Italian sausages to indulge in. The owners are passionate about good food and looking after their customers and we've always had a great time. On a balmy Friday night they're usually completely full - so booking advised.
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  • We go to Massimo's at least one a week, the menu is so extensive that we always try something different. It's a "piece of Italy" in South Africa:we feel at home! We also love all the work they do to support local charities.
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  • Massimo's has the best ever pizza in the bay! It's a cozy place, a very good wine list, a nice and friendly staff...It's fabulous!
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  • The best restaurant in Hout Bay. I think everybody should try it, even if they don't like pizza. Great food, great people.
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  • This is our favourite restaurant in Hout Bay. We enjoy the great ambience and the food is prepared with good quality ingredients . Massimo and Tracy are generous, caring people and we keep going there because we we never have a bad experience. Peter, Pat and Amy Calitz
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  • "This is my favorite local no-local. I stay in the CBD but the drive through to Houtbay is worth it each and every time. Best pizzas and the toppings? Crazy good and imaginative to say the least. We visit Massi's at least once every 2 weeks, its the perfect atmosphere for a first date or birthday celebrations. They make homemade lemoncello, the best I've had. BEST food, BEST staff and BEST vibe. This place wins each and every time. I have converted quite a lot of my friends to share in our weekly ritual. Once you go Massi, there is no turning back." This was my review back in 2014 and there is a lot of BESTS in there and guess what? I stand by it if not more! I have had many a friendly debate with people regarding CT best pizza. I have tried all of them and Massi is still the best...If only they would take the drive to Houtbay they would agree.
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  • I've been to Massimo's a couple of times and not once has it disappointed. The food is always spectacularly delicious and the staff are so friendly. It's always a great spot to spend some of the people you love with food you can taste has been made with love.
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  • I am a cook by profession so when I say that Massiom's serves the best damn carbonara I have ever eaten, that should mean something. My wife and I dined at Massimo's twice during our 2 week vacation in Cape Town, and each time received excellent service and food that makes me regret not living in Hout Bay. Massimo's has a homey atmosphere, a friendly and very competent staff, and a menu filled with great food conceived and prepared with love.
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  • These guys get it. Whether they are spinning-hectic or in lull-between-storm, they are perennially friendly and beyond-expectations responsive. Oh, and the food is great, too. (Just had the lamb shank special. No words!)
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  • So refreshing to experience great service in Cape Town, from Mavis, our trainee waitron. Nothing was too much trouble, including checking that what I planned to order had no dairy in it and she was full of smiles. She deserves to be promoted to waitron very soon! Our meal was superb. I loved the spuntini menu allowing me to choose exactly what I felt like while my partner ordered a pizza which he raved about. But be warned, this venue does attract and lot of families with small children for Sunday lunch. The ideal way to enjoy Massimo's is in a large group which I have not done in years - I'm so pleased to go back to an old haunt to enjoy top notch Italian food and service.
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  • This is my favorite local no-local. I stay in the CBD but the drive through to Houtbay is worth it each and every time. Best pizzas and the toppings? Crazy good and imaginative to say the least. We visit Massi's at least once every 2 weeks, its the perfect atmosphere for a first date or birthday celebrations. They make homemade lemoncello, the nest I've had. BEST food, BEST staff and BEST vibe. This place wins each and every time. I have converted quite a lot of my friends to share in our weekly ritual. Once you go Massi, there is no turning back.
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  • My boyfriend and I went to Massimo's last night for the first time - and I have to say I was so impressed! I love the 'green' feeling of the restaurant - seeing how they are being responsible for their impact on the earth, and that they give back and support so many charities.
    The ambiance was so warm and homely. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The actual restaurant is beautiful inside, all the small touches makes it feel warm and cosy.
    The food was absolutely delicious - and we have eaten at many Italian restaurants, and I can safely say that the pasta was the best I have ever had!!
    We will definitely be back many more times!
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  • I love this restaurant, (as Massimo's) but I had a really bad experience here and will not be returning while it's being run as Amici di Massimo's.

    I love the food, the passion and hospitality of the owners.

    However the waiters are arrogant and unprofessional, and there is no excuse for such poor service.
    This has gotten far worse under Amici di Massimo's management.
    Last Friday, the restaurant was not particularly busy but after finishing our starters we waited for half an hour for our waiter to return to our table, we were still waiting to see the specials board, still waiting to order our mains. All the waiters seemed to have mastered that elusive art of avoiding eye contact, and when I eventually caught our waiters eye and waved him down he waved back at me and carried on. I had to go to him on the opposite side of the restaurant to get his attention. When we finally got him to our table, while I was half way through placing my order he started chatting to the kitchen staff, and I had to start over. I dine out to enjoy food not to suffer at the arrogance and audacity of self important waiters. These guys have major ego issues, and have to be reined in, and made to understand that it's the restaurant is not about them, it's not their turf, patrons are not unwelcome guests. The restaurant exists for its guests. The waiters here have also mastered the art of asking if everything's ok when your mouth is full of food. Just like at Spur, actually that's an insult to Spur. I should probably comment on the food at this point but the bad service is all I'll remember about that night ( a special occasion), so I couldn't be bothered... Just like our waiter! It was a shortish guy with an earing in his left ear.

    I have had plenty of great experiences here when this was run by Massimo and Tracy, and feel guilty about writing a bad review, but if nothing is said, the problem can't be fixed. I wish Massimo a speedy recovery. God Bless.

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  • Massimo's is so much more than just the best pizza in South Africa! They have a complete menu with delicious salads, mains and desserts. I am a vegetarian and am spoilt for choice at Massimo's, unlike so many CT restaurants. My partner is a carnivore and just had the best fillet in his life at Massimo's on Saturday - and he loves his fillet.

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  • We have eaten at Massimo's three times, on recommendation. The first time we had pizza that was over salted and trout wrapped in bacon that was over grilled and totally dry. We waited more than an hour for the food to arrive. The second time I had duck that was very good. The other dishes were not great, but acceptable. The last visit, and it will be the last visit, three in our party ordered pork fillet hamburgers. Again the food took more than an hour to be served and the patties were utterly over cooked and tasteless. It is utterly inexplicable that this so-called restaurant gets such good ratings. When we complained we were told that we should have complained earlier. We did ask our waiter to see one of the owners but they could not be bothered. The service from our waiter was great, but that was purely because he was a nice person, definitely nothing to do with the management. We booked for a table for seven, which was accepted. The day of our booking we received a request if the table could be split into separate tables. This was accepted by my wife but is utterly unacceptable. We were a party. It is ludicrous to expect customers of one group to sit at separate tables!

    Massimo's is to be avoided at all costs.

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  • Wow! Being Italian from the same region as Massimo, I never expected to find this in SA. We had the Granchio pasta and it was delicious. We were back for their pizza the next day. The best we have ever had! They have kept it 100% authentic. How refreshing to have pizza which is truly Italian with fresh Italian ingredients but not overloaded so that each ingredient can be tasted. Massimo and Tracy are great hosts and the service was great! We do not live close by, but we will definitely be back when we are in the area.

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  • My husband and I had a fabulous lunch at Massimo's yesterday! We had a caprese to start, which was out of this world! (Better than any we had in Italy) And then after taking quite some time to decide, we both settled on pizzas. They were absolutely delicious! Unique, simple, interesting and authentic toppings on a very thin crisp base.

    The wine selection was vast and we really enjoyed the Italian wines. Our meal ended with a siblime tiramisu. Both of us cannot wait to return. Thumbs up for the food, service and ambience!

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  • It was a 70th birthday party for over 70 of all ages at lunchtime. Tracy and Massimo are stars. It was perfect and easy. A couple of chats, a visit to see the venue. Every member of the staff is so good and helpful. Food so varied and delicious. Guests loved the unusual food and many asked for cards. Could have been in Italy.

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  • Quite disappointing; ordered pasta with prawns and crab - almost no crab in it.

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  • Our favourite restaurant in Hout Bay. Great food, lovely ambience, fresh and airy setting, and best of all the wonderful welcome and service from the owners. Nothing is too much trouble for them - highly recommended!

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  • Today is Massimo's first birthday! We want to thank all our clients for making the last 12 months memorable.
    Grazie
    Massimo,Tracy and all the staff

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  • OK, it's official! These are the best pizzas in Cape Town, and maybe the universe! Great vegetarian selection, quality ingredients only, interesting and well priced wine list, friendly and efficient service, vibey and busy. Loved it, will be back!

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  • When my wife and I, gourmands from New York, visited Massimo's 2 years ago shortly after it opened, we were impressed by the authenticity, taste and creative combinations of the pizza Massimo conjured up in his wood burning brick oven. At that time, the menu was excellent but limited and Massimo, the self-taught owner-chef from Italy, and his charming English wife Tracy shared the space with a cafe that offered service during the day while Massimo delighted patrons by night.

    That was then.

    Now, this restaurant has blossomed into a wonderful example of culinary accomplishment! The space is now used only by Massimo (no more tea room), the decor is much more appropriate to an Italian eatery - unpretentious, open and friendly.

    The first thing that impresses is the much extended menu. There is an extensive list of tempting appetizers (Spuntini) - including the choices we sampled, chunks of spicy Argentinean sausage (Spiedino) threaded onto a sprig of fresh rosemary as a skewer, and delicious marinated artichokes.

    We accompanied these starters with a sharing portion of Ricco - a light and crispy treat combining precisely the correct quantity of garlic, fragrant herbs and molten grated cheese. The combination harmonizes perfectly with a glass of red wine. We chose the Eikendal, a well structured Pinotage (so good we stayed with it or the rest of the meal). By the way, Massimo's has an extensive choice of about 35 wines of all types by the glass, priced very reasonably with most in the 30 Rand range. It's great to be able to sample such a wide variety and we were only sorry that 95 Keerom at which we ate the preceding evening (allegedly one of the best restaurants in Cape Town - see my separate review) offers only two inferior reds by the glass!).

    While we were savoring our appetizers we noticed that our neighbours were tucking into what looked like great pastas. We decided to go for more pizza and ordered an Acciuga (tomato, mozzarella, peppers topped with bagna cauda – a tangy, salty anchovy/garlic sauce). It really hit the spot - causing conversation to halt in deference to the taste sensations that were erupting on the palate.

    For dessert, we couldn't resist one of the specials - fresh, quartered ripe figs roasted in the wood-fired oven with mascarpone creme fraiche, walnuts and honey. Truly delectable. And made special by the accompanying chilled glass of Passito, a sweet white wine made from grapes left to dry on the vine (thus increasing their sugar content).

    To end the meal, Massimo offered us samples of his creation of orange infused chocolate liqueur, served chilled in a white chocolate shot mould - a veritable nectar. This was too good to indulge in only at Massimo's - so we ended up investing in a bottle of our own for about R75.

    Apart from the superb food, the other memory that lingers fondly is the warmth, professionalism and service attention of the entire team.

    Bravo Massimo and Tracy - we hope it won't be 2 years till we return.

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  • Phenomenal! Incredibly tasty authentic Italian pizza! Amazing service with a homely feel!

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  • This has to be the best pizza in Cape Town! The ingredients are fresh, the bases thin and crispy and the flavor combinations are delectable! I love that you can make a Duo pizza (half one kind and half another) for those of us who just cant make up our minds. A great place for a family lunch or dinner with a group of friends.
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  • I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday at Massimos this weekend. The food, service and ambiance are just incredible. Best pizza in all of Cape Town. The dough puffs up like a pillow, the fillings are creative and delicious and the desserts stunning. Run (dont walk) to eat here!
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  • So glad Massimos has reopened. And I cant believe how much better the venue looks. Fantastic Italian tasting plates, yummy salads and of course the best pizza in Africa!
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  • After seeing the name Massimos come up on Twitter time and time again over the past few weeks, I decided that I just had to try the place out. I had not been before but as a lover of Pizza and seeing by way of their online menu that this is what they focus on, I knew Id be in for a treat. I went last night and took 19 other family members (most from out of town) with me. We were a large table and that is not necessarily fun for a restaurant that was full to the brim but the Massimos team took care of our every desire and served up tens of incredible pizzas in what felt like record timing. I love the simplicity of their methods and the overall ambiance of the place. Paired with impeccable service, Massimos has quickly become a place I want to keep going back to. We also enjoyed several bottles of red wine and some great cappuccinos at the end. A really wonderful restaurant!
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  • We can finally announce the location of the new Massimo's, we should be able to open by the end of November.

    It will have a great garden with tables under a giant oak tree, panoramic veranda and the inside will be an 18 metres long barn.
    we will be open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, gradually we will introduce antipasti, pasta and other dishes plus the fav pizzas. Can't wait to reopen!
    Massimo & Tracy

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  • Just a reminder to all our loyal clients that we will be moving location soon. Our last day of trading at our current location (Scarecrows) is Saturday 29 May. We will soon announce our new site, to open in Spring.
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  • This is a quick response to Richards posting. Unfortunately last Friday we had last minute staff shortages and service was not as fast as usual. However, we had no complaints on the night and everybody seemed happy (in fact the staff tips were higher than average!)Perhaps you could email us direct via our website so we can follow up?
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  • If it wasnt for the great pizza, and the always pleasant Massimo-The Pizza club would NEVER see me again. I was there last night,and the service was just NON EXISTANT, never mind absolutely shocking.Most of the staff were running aroung like headless chickens, and it made my eating experience VERY unpleasant!
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  • Food was awesome and prepared in seconds!
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  • This is one of Cape Towns best-kept secrets, and I am loath to let other people know! The best, most delicious Italian pizza I have tasted in SA! They have an excellent special on which allows you to sample many different pizzas with a large group of friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy a languid eating experience. They also make many of their own divine Italian treats, including sangria, limoncello, chocolate liqueur and more...
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  • A fantastic, friendly atmosphere and arguably the best pizza youll ever taste!
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  • A fantastic, friendly atmosphere and arguably the best pizza youll ever taste!
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  • Massimo and Tracy (the owners of the Pizza Club), warmly welcome you and your friends into their restaurant. It feels like home as soon as you arrive, because of the personal interaction they have with all of their guests. The service is great and the food is really delicious as well as good value. Definitely worth a visit! Great venue too for parties!
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  • After reading the reviews on this site, we were keen to try out the pizza for ourselves and were looking forward to trying them all as advertised. As we had children with us, we opted for the 6pm sitting when booking, as the website stated there were 2 sittings a night. On arrival, we were told by the waitress we couldnt have the feast as there were not enough people in the restaurant yet. Massimo was quite abrupt and confirmed it wasnt worth his while to make the pizzas as the other tables were only arriving at 7.30 and he wasnt sure if they were going to order the feast. We were then told they had changed the system and there were no longer 2 sittings a night - information we could have used when booking as we would also have preferred to eat at 7.30. We were extremely disappointed that they were not prepared to offer us what they advertised. The pizzas were excellent but expensive. The service, ambiance and attitude of the proprietor however left a lot to be desired.
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  • If you have an Italian taste, this is the best pizza in Cape Town.Warm hospitality and great care also for starters, desserts and liquors make the place really pleasant.
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  • Simply the best pizza you can have. The hosts, Massimo and Tracy are fantastic. Friendly, helpful and courteous. The pizzas sublime and unlike anything I have ever had. Could easily eat there every week. Favourite is the fennel and parmesan. And the duck is heavenly. They source the best, freshest ingredients and so much care goes into each one. Support them!
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  • Great idea of pizza-tasting! Interesting combination of all sorts of pizzas - liked pear and gorgonzola most. Warm hospitality makes place special.
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  • Some of the best pizzas Ive ever had! Fresh, thin crusts, high quality ingredients...Such a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended.
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  • The most authentic pizza experience ive ever had...
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  • Fantastic concept and very child-friendly! Had pizza and wine with a few girlfriends last Friday evening... very relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and exceptional value for money for oustanding food! Love that the owners mingle with the customers - adds that personal touch!
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  • I found the website for this restaurant quite by accident, but Im crazy about pizza and liked the concept of the restaurant. My 2 friends and I went there recently to try it out and was blown away at how fantastic everything was! I havent had such good pizza in ages! It really was special - the service, atmosphere, views to die for, just made this an amazing restaurant! I have already recommended it to all my family and friends. Im sure we will be back very very soon. Thank you very much for such fabulous attention - and such good food!
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  • Just wanted to let you know about fab meal we had here last night. It was such a fun relaxed place, service very smiley and the food was really good. I never go to a pizza place through choice so was a bit disappointed when my friend suggested it if Im honest! But am now truly converted. After 3 different choices of starter the kitchens sent out one unusual pizza after another, slice by slice so you just pick any slice that you fancy... so you get to taste loads and loads of different slices. I think I tried at least 8 different types and I dont normally fancy pizza! Had a slice of confit of duck & mushroom followed by a slice of blue cheese and date. Again with the desserts they bring out lots and you choose a little of what you fancy. All in all, a really great idea.
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  • What a fabulous idea. Pizzaclub is the brain child of a real Italian (Massimo) and his British wife offering authentic pizza, anti-pasti and traditional and totally delicious Italian desserts all for a fixed price. The setting is great if you have young children as there is a jungle gym within the grounds at the Oakhurst Farm Stall Mall on Main Road leading from Constantia into Hout Bay. The pizzas were exceptional! Dont expect a margarita (although if you are really adverse to trying different pizzas then I am sure Massimo, Tracy and their team will oblige) - my favourite was gorgonzola and pear but I ate a slice of all of the others and they were all excellent (too many to remember!) This place will undoubtedly be a winner amongst both locals and visitors, and I am delighted we have found the best pizza in CT! Thanks for a really fabulous meal!
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