3 restau­rants you need to eat at

Cape Argus - - WEATHER & LEISURE - LANCE WIT­TEN

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.

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