Monday – Thursday 16:00 – 21:00

Friday – Sunday 12:00 – 21:00

We operate during loadshedding.

How it started

I am from *Piemonte, in northern Italy. I come from a family that raised its own chickens, eggs, vegetables, rabbit and veal for the table.  My family’s veg and fruit was home-grown and preserved for the leaner months. Families would club together and buy a large consignment of meat to save money.  The home-made produce was complimented by special bought items such as truffles and amazing cheeses with cow’s and sheep’s milk, as well as seasonal delights like locally gathered figs, wild mushrooms, hazelnuts and chestnuts. We still celebrate today the trade links with Liguria with ‘bagna cauda’ – a autumnal ‘fondue’ style dish made with anchovies and veg to dip. We try to offer the best of Piemonte at Massimo’s, while still celebrating many of Italy’s popular dishes.

*Please note that Piemontese cuisine is not heavily laden with chillies and garlic or spices. My mother uses both sparingly, or not at all. We freshly chop chillies and garlic daily; they are available as a side at a small extra cost.

We (that is, my wife, Tracy and I) came to South Africa in 2003 for a holiday, and fell in love with the country, its people, and the landscape. Before that, we spent seven years living in the French countryside running a ‘gite’ (a type of B&B or ‘agriturismo’).  We did the cleaning, gardening, ironing, pool cleaning, etc ourselves, as well as offering French, Italian, or Far Eastern dining on request for up to 26 people.  We installed a pizza oven and then expanded our offering to pizza. Everybody loved our lighter, thinner style of pizza, so it was a natural progression to bring that idea to Cape Town.

“Massimo’s Pizza Club” began here in 2009 with us and 4 staff, preparing all the ingredients in our kitchen at home and bringing them here at 4pm, as we shared the premises! We are now open 7 days a week and have roughly 20 staff.

In January 2013 Massimo was diagnosed with Leukaemia and given only a few months unless he had a bone marrow transplant. I may 2013 we left for Italy for 10 months (see here the video of the final night before we left    ) , In Italy Massimo received the bone marrow from his sister Loretta. We returned to our loved South Africa and reopened the restaurant in February 2014, my health is now restored (I even run four half marathons and participated to the SA Transplant Games!). Since reopening we have started seeing the business in a different light, it is not only about return, but also about giving as much as we can, so we started supporting several Charities and promoted our #payitforward scheme.


Awarded BEST PIZZERIA in AFRICA 2019 and 2021 by


The Restaurant

The interior has a rustic eclectic ambiance with historical photos of the folks back home. 

Outdoor Dining

Outside there are family friendly relaxed dining areas with jungle gyms and spaces for the children to run and play.

Massimo's Team

Service with a smile

If you become a regular, expect to be greeted by name!

Most of our staff are recruited from the local community, and we endeavor to promote from within.

Some of our favourite and most popular dishes.

Seasonal Specials

Our Specials Menu features dishes we cook using fresh and seasonal ingredients.

(subject to availability)

Anura Chardonnay 2019R60/180

Rich ripe peach, apricot and pineapple flavours. Combined with kiwi fruit, mineral aromas and well integrated nuances of old French oak

Soup of the day72

-cauliflower and truffle dressed with a parmesan crisp and truffle cream

Pizza Frutti di Mare202

- tomato, mozzarella, calamari, prawns, mussels, clams, a hint of chili and garlic finished off with chopped parsley

Pizza John Wayne182

- tomato, pulled BBQ beef, fiordillte and smoked mozzarella, jalapeno chili, avo (t)

Vitello ( veal ) or Pollo ( chicken ) Milanese182

- ( Italian style schnitzel ) pan fried with parmesan & bread crumb crust with creamy mash and seasonal veg

Pork and mushroom stufata180

- a slow cooked casserole served with your choice of creamy mash or polenta and roast veg


Vanilla ice-cream topped with cherries soaked in liqueur served with a shot of cherry liqueur on the side

And wait, there's moreR98/120

..and if you like CHEEKY CHERRY Ice-cream, you can cake home a jar of Cherry in Spirit for only R98 or a bottle of Cherry Liqueur for only R120

mint-chocolate or chili-chocolate liqueurR40

50ml bottles – drink here or take home, and please let us know if you liked it

Creme BruleeR 72

- Garnished with seasonal fruit

Charity Dishes

You make a difference in someone’s life as we donate to a specific charity every time you buy one.


R3 for each doggie meal to The Underdog Project (See our doggie menu)


home made with organic lemons (R2 goes to EMS Local Volunteers Emergency Services)


R3 for each one sold goes to the Friends of the Rivers of Hout Bay

HOUSE WINES250ML R70/72 | 750ML R205/210 |

For each house wine sold (Zevenwacht 7 Sauvignon Blanc or Cape Town Wine Company red blend ) R2 goes to Love in a Bowl


A Venetian aperitif of Aperol, bubbly & soda (R5 to local Volunteer Emergency Services)


For each Spuntino sold R2 goes to KMA (Kronendal Music Academy)


tomato, mozzarella, chorizo, red onions, Jalapeno chili (R5 to CCP Community Crime Prevention Hout Bay)


ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, feta, caramelized onions, cacio cheese, served with sliced avo (R5 to CCP Community Crime Prevention Hout Bay)


tomato, fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil (R4 to Border Collie Rescue)


tomato, mozz. feta, bacon, avo (R5 goes to DARG, our local animal rescue group)


best quality baby calamari deep-fried, home made aioli (R2 to NSRI Sea Rescue Hout Bay)

What we offer


Open 7 day a week Monday to Thursday from 16:00 till late, Friday to Sunday (and public holidays) from 12 till late.

Our latest menus available here

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For deliveries phone us on
021 790 5648

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Buy a ‘virtual’ slice of pizza for someone in need.

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We support a number of local organisations and charities with YOUR help.

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Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome at Massimo’s (inside, in certain areas, and outside) – we even have a menu for your favourite pooch.

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We aim to reduce our carbon footprint as much possible.

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Did you know?

We produce and sell our own handcrafted spirits!

Contact us


Shop 4, Oakhurst Farm Park,
c/o Dorman way and Main Rd, 7806 Hout Bay, Cape Town

For same-day bookings, please phone (do not e-mail) as we don’t always
check the e-mails during busy times.


Phone: 021 790 5648
E-mail: (PLEASE phone us for same-day bookings!)

For deliveries in Hout Bay or Llandudno phone us on 021 790 5648, we always have a driver from 16:00 to close dailys and we guarantee your food will be warm or go to Mr Delivery