This Hout Bay favourite continues to keep locals happy with good pizzas, pastas and a passionately-run business.
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.
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.
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.
This is relaxed family-friendly dining with both outdoor and indoor seating. A wood-fired oven roaring in the background completes the scene.
A relaxed pizza-filled lunch or dinner with the family.
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This is not a review but a reply to the 'review' dated 11 November 2019.
(this is the only way i can tell the full story as Eatout does not allow restaurants to reply directly to a review)
Our kitchen was understaffed last night on a surprisingly busy Monday with every table used. One of our chefs was on leave; the other was on a day off, so our sous chef was alone for her first time (I have to praise her as apart from this incident she did a great, professional job)
Yes, one of your ravioli dishes was cold and we quickly prepared a new plate. Nobody complained about the lasagna - the dish was returned empty so it was clearly not inedible as you describe.
This morning I chatted with the clients who’d sat by you and they asserted that my manager acted very professionally even when you called him an IDIOT, and started yelling that ‘WE MUST SACK THE CHEF’
(I seriously wonder if you’d call your bank manager and idiot to his face if there was a problem with your account)
After paying you came to me, I listened and agreed that the pasta was not right – explaining kitchens are run by humans and errors can happen, and we’d fixed it as soon as humanly possible.
I’m now under the impression that you wanted the whole dinner (for 4 people) for free, after having eaten everything.
However, the moment you started shouting YET AGAIN and calling my manager an IDIOT (several times) you lost every right to complain and to even be in my restaurant.
The respect i demand for my staff is much higher that the fear i have of losing this type of clientele.
Massimo Orione, owner of Massimo's restaurant.
Awful experience at Massimos tonight. We are Monday regulars and when our food arrived, one of our guest’s pastas was still FROZEN. We called the manager and he was very curt and sarcastic. We then approached the owner after our meal who listened to our complaints and replied that we mustn’t come back, without any apology. Obviously the undue title has gotten to their heads... very disappointing
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.
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.
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 :)
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.