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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqZ3SJfvO-Q    ) , 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.

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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 day R 69

-Spicy pumpkin soup served with soft focaccia

BiancaR 142

- Smoked mozzarella and mushrooms on a garlic and herb base, finished with fresh rosemary.

Chuck NorrisR 165

- beef and pork meatballs, spicy tomato sauce, fresh green pepper, cacio and mozzarella cheese.

Porcini ravioliR 155

-made with imported Italian and local foraged porcini served with a mushroom and truffle cream or a sage brown butter sauce.

Bolognese `pasticcio`R 174

- Baked Bolognese pasta, topped with mozzarella and parmigiano cheese..

CHEEKY CHERRY Ice-creamR68

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.

DOGGY MEALSR25 - R40

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

LEMONAIDR32

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

STILL OR SPARKLING WATER250ML R20 | 750ML R36 |

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

HOUSE WINES250ML R69/67 | 750ML R205/200 |

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

APEROL SPRITZR88

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

SPUNTINIR75-R124

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

HOT LATINA PIZZAR176

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

HAPPY VALLEY CALZONER174

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

MARGHERITA PIZZAR110

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

LUNA PIZZAR172

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

CALAMARIR126

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

What we offer

DINE-IN OR TAKE AWAY

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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DELIVERIES

For deliveries phone us on
021 790 5648

... or go to
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PAY IT FORWARD

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

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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

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DOG FRIENDLY

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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OUR 'FOOTPRINT'

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

Location

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.

Contacts

Phone: 021 790 5648
E-mail: book@massimos.co.za (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