3 restaurants you need to eat at
Massimo’s, a home away from home
TUCKED away in the Hout Bay valley is a little Italian restaurant serving incredible pizzas and pastas, and helping good causes along the way. Massimo’s in Hout Bay has a roaring woodfired pizza oven in full view of the diners; warm, friendly staff, thin-crust pizzas with toppings to die for, and home-made limoncello and other liqueurs if you’re after a true taste of Italy. On Wednesdays, there’s open mic karaoke (where you’ll get a complimentary limoncello for every song you sing); for the added price of a pizza slice you can donate money to the firefighters who so regularly tend to blazes in the area, or, if you prefer, you can donate to the local animal shelter, Darg (Domestic Animal Rescue Group).
There’s a sprawling outdoor area with a massive play park to keep the kids entertained, with sheltered outdoor seating.
Their sangria is refreshing and delicious; their pizza toppings are minimalistic with well-thought-through flavour pairings. Can you tell I’m a fan? The best part is the warmth you feel as you walk in. After just one karaoke night, I returned many weeks later to be welcomed by name, with questions as to why I had not returned sooner. Massimo’s means family, and everyone’s welcome.