Massimo's is our next pizza lover's restaurant of choice. It has recently been named as the best pizzeria in Africa. (https://www.traveller24.com/FindYourEscape/CapeTown/this-hout-bay-pizzeria-was-just-named-the-best-in-africa-but-theres-even-more-to-them-than-pizza-20190801)
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.