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From the Beginning

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 cows’ and sheeps’ 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 for lunch & dinner and have roughly 20 staff.

Our ethos is to use as much local produce as possible, to prevent "food miles" and to support local jobs. We are very proud to still be using stone ground, unbleached local non-GMO flour from Eureka Mills (there is no need to use imported flour) and many local suppliers of cheese and meat, made in South Africa in the traditional Italian style.

Our fish is sourced using SASSI principles (South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative).

We also use recycled and biodegradable straws, doggy bag products, and most of our packaging waste is recycled and/or composted. We are always striving to further reduce our impact on the environment.



We have a large cozy main eating area which seats about 90 people . A front semi-covered area which is ideal in summer and a large open back area for the kids to play.

Our Staff

Service with a smile

We have roughly 20 staff and many of them have been with us since our opening in 2009.


Pay It Forward

pizzas slices donated in 2018


Time it take for our pizzas to cook in wood burning oven


We are rated the 4th best restaurant in Hout Bay

Days a week

We're open lunch and dinner


For Today

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

Charity Specials

What we do

Dine In

Open 7 day a week for lunch & dinner


For deliveries go to Mr Delivery or Order-in

Group Celebrations

We welcome groups of people wanting to share their special time together.

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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Corporate Functions

We'll be happy to host your company function, be it a Christmas lunch/dinner or just a special business occasion.


We have an open mic evening every Wednesday night.

Contact us


Oakhurst Farm Park,
Main Rd, 7806 Hout Bay, Cape Town


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

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner


For deliveries go to OrderIn or Mr Delivery