Something fishy about pizza for breakfast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DAILY BREAD: Mio Col’Cacchio now serves breakfast.