Massimo's is open Monday to Thursday from 16:00, Friday, weekends and public holidays from 12:00.
- We are operating 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 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.
The interior has a rustic eclectic ambiance with historical photos of the folks back home. At dinner there are silent old school movies projected on the walls.
Outside there are family friendly relaxed dining areas with jungle gyms and spaces for the children to run and play.
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 endevor to promote from within.
total donation to our charities in 2021
DARG - CCP - Border collie rescue - EMS - Kronendal Music Academy - HB Pets - Underdog project - Love in a bowl - NSRI Sea Rescue Hout Bay - Friends of the River Hout Bay
Pay it Forward pizza
pizzas donated in 2021
percentual of our staff vaccinated
Our Daily Specials Menu features dishes we cook using fresh and seasonal ingredients.
- Recommended By Massimo
Soup of the Day (starter)R72Rocket, potato and roast garlic
Gari-ball-di (starter)R68delicious bites made with lentils, parmesan and cacio cheese, deep fried ‘til golden brown, served with a truffle cream dipping sauce
Fritto Misto Di Pesce (Main)R165traditional Italian mixed fried seafood (white bait, calamari, white fish, mussels, prawns) served with lemon & dill aioli, home-made fries OR side salad
- Recommended By Massimo
Beef Pepata (main)R165a traditional Tuscan dish of slowly braised beef neck, with lots of black pepper – served with creamy polenta (or mash) and seasonal veg
Allium (Pizza)R130all the onion family together, caramelised leeks, roasted red onions, roast garlic, feta, spring onions (w)
- Recommended By Massimo
Gelato Arancia (Dessert)R62Premium vanilla ice cream topped with Massimo's "Spiriti Famosi" Arancia, an orange chocolate liqueuer.
You make a difference is someone's life as we donate to a specific charity every time you buy one.
chocolate brownie (70% cocoa)R69R5 for each chocolate brownie will go to the Denis Goldberg legacy foundation for the realization of House of Hope in Hout Bay
Massimo’s homemade limoncelloR24The Full R24 (minus VAT) will be donated to CCP (Community Crime Prevention) Hout Bay
Doggy MealsR14-R40R1 for each doggie meal to the Underdog Project (See our doggie menu)
Vivreau Still or Sparkling Water250mlR15|750mlR30|R1 for each 750ml bottle to Shaygam's dog rescue
House wines250mlR55/58|750mlR165/168|For each house wine sold (Zevenwacht 7 Sauvignon Blanc or Doolhof Cape Boar Cabernet Merlot) R2 goes to Gracie Love in a Bowl
Aperol SpritzR65A Venetian aperitif of Aperol, bubbly & soda (R5 to local volunteer Emergency Services)
SpuntiniR29-R86For each Spuntino sold R2 goes to KMA (Kronendal Music Academy)
Bolognese pastaR130made with 100% lean beef mince (not dairy free) (R5 to The Sunflower Fund)
Pavarotti pizzaR135tomato, mozzarella, Bolognese sauce made with beef mince, Parmesan shavings (R5 to The Sunflower Fund)
Hot Latina pizzaR145tomato, mozzarella, chorizo, red onions, Jalapeno chili (R5 to CCP community crime prevention)
Happy Valley CalzoneR145ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, feta, caramelized onions, cacio cheese, served with sliced avo (R5 to Watchcon – local crime prevention)
Margherita pizzaR82tomato, fiordilatte mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil (R4 to Border Collie Rescue)
Luna pizzaR128tomato, mozz. feta, bacon, avo (R5 goes to DARG, our local animal rescue group)
Carbonara pastaR130smoked bacon, free range egg, parmesan, garlic, a touch of cream (R5 to Hout Bay Pets charity)
JJ’s Jewels sausagesR140(R5 goes to CCP) two oven roasted artisan sausages with mash or chips, balsamic and onion gravy, seasonal vegetables