Some­thing fishy about pizza for break­fast

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Café: Mio Col’Cac­chio Ad­dress: Shop 20, Belvedere Square, cor­ner of Keur­boom and Belvedere roads, Clare­mont Con­tact: 021 674 0040 Hours: Break­fast from 8.30am un­til 11am, closes 10pm Sun­day to Thurs­day and 11pm on Fri­days and Satur­days Dish eaten: Salmon pizza Price: R69


I MADE a mis­take this week: I tried to com­bine some­thing I like for break­fast with some­thing I like for lunch or sup­per.

Re­cently, pizza chain Col’Cac­chio in­tro­duced break­fast to se­lected sites. In Cape Town, you can get a morn­ing meal now at Canal Walk or Mio Col’Cac­chio at Belvedere Square in Clare­mont.

Per­haps I just or­dered the wrong thing. A squiz at the menu shows a good se­lec­tion in­clud­ing one of my favourites, flap­jacks (a stack of three for R35).

My col­league re­ally en­joyed her clas­sic break­fast. The veg­e­tar­ian tucked into two poached eggs, oven-roasted mush­rooms, roasted cherry toma­toes, wilted spinach and crisp bread brushed with olive oil. We were both sur­prised that the “clas­sic” had no ba­con or sausage.

Along came my break­fast pizza, some­thing I de­cided on as I re­ally like salmon and be­cause I did not think it fair to re­view a pizze­ria any other way. Note that it has no tomato base. It was pre­sented as a hard poached egg in the mid­dle of a pizza base, cov­ered with chunks of warm salmon and bits of spring onion. This was cov­ered with a gen­er­ous squirt of sour cream.

It didn’t look ap­peal­ing and the salmon didn’t fuse well into the pizza. The condi­ments helped; the chilli, gar­lic and parme­san picked the meal up a lit­tle.

I sliced the hard egg half­way through the pizza. I imag­ined there would be more than one egg. It was also not a big pizza – about the size of a De­bonairs Real Deal. I don’t en­cour­age shar­ing.

Per­haps next time I will choose a tomato-based pizza with sim­pler top­pings. The mat­tina at R45 gives you moz­zarella, cherry toma­toes, poached egg and basil.

There is kid-friendly fare, too, like sol­diers (R25) – two soft boiled eggs with a stack of bread sticks.

One good thing was that I was able to or­der a glass of white wine to go with my salmon pizza at 10am. Buiten­verwacht­ing’s Buiten Blanc (R36), too. Full points for that.

I sug­gest tak­ing a seat on the benches in the court­yard; there’s a gazebo and a view of Clare­mont’s sub­ur­ban life. Twit­ter: @WendylMartin


DAILY BREAD: Mio Col’Cac­chio now serves break­fast.

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