On Sun I was really in the mood for some Italian food… I think it must have been thanks to my disappointment at Ragù the day before. It seemed to have left a lingering need in my soul.
I didn’t want to hit up any of my usual spots, so I decided to consult my trusty EatOut website. They do this “Best of” thing, for example “Best of… sushi” or “Best of… bistros” and then they give you their top picks for each major city. In the “Best of… Italian” list for Cape Town I spotted Massimo’s out in Hout Bay. I checked out their website and looked at one or two online reviews, liked what I saw and decided this would be the dinner spot I would drag two of my friends, Lara & Grant, to that evening.
Now just a tip for getting there. It’s on Hout Bay Main Rd, but if you’re coming from Cape Town via the Llandadno side and then hit that traffic circle which gets you into Main Rd, turn left at the circle towards Constantia, not right towards Chapman’s Peak. You see I made this mistake and then got horribly lost. Add to that the fact that I have seriously poor night vision and that area (and the road to get to Hout Bay) isn’t well lit, you get a minor panic attack. But hey, nothing a glass of wine couldn’t fix…
Massimo’s is part of a little country style shopping center and sits snug in the far right hand corner. It’s definitely got a strong country kitchen feel, nothing too flash, just nice and cosy, with lots of wooden details and a big pizza oven right where everyone can see the action.
For starters I tried their soup special which was green pea & mint. Lara had the Bresaola (air dried sliced beef with parmesan shavings & extra virgin olive oil – R42). And Grant had the Tagliere (Coppa ham, salame felino, Mortadella, bread & preserves – R42. So his was basically a plate of meat – just the way die manne loves it right.
My soup was quite blah. I would have preferred it to have a thicker texture and I needed to add quite a bit of seasoning. Lara & Grant enjoyed their starters. Of course, there wasn’t any cooking involved in those 2 dishes, but the ingredients were fresh and tasty.
For mains I was initially totally set on having a pasta. But as we were sitting there beautiful pizzas kept coming past us and the smell of those freshly prepared stunners totally got to all of us. Pizza it was!
Lara and I both opted for the half & half option (you only pay R7 extra). Grant wasn’t as indecisive as us and opted for a normal pizza. Below you have mine on the left. I went for half Pere (olive oil, gorgonzola cheese, sliced pears – R72 for full) and half Cacio (garlic butter, Italian sausage, cacio cheese, roasted peppers – R118 for full). So the cost of mine came to: R36 + R59 + R7 = R102. On the right below was Grant’s pizza, he opted for one of the special pizzas for the day.
This pizza was right up my alley. Super thin and crispy base. Not too much heavy, rich sauce, like with damn Debonairs pizza. Blegh. A solid spread of toppings. Fresh ingredients. To me it was pizza heaven.
After starters & and a BIG pizza, we were totally stuffed. Dessert was not on our minds at all… well that was until the table next to us got the most amazing looking baked cheesecake. We basically drooled all over their table and then were like “for us too please!”.
Now when I mentioned on Twitter that I was heading to Massimo’s, I got a mixed response. But I must say we really enjoyed ourselves there. I will give Massimo’s an overall Miss K Kiss-o-Meter rating of:
And I will have to go back to try the pasta at some point. But before I do that I’ll have to do lots of running to get rid of the after effects of this meal first. I hear “muffin top” is like so not a good look with your skinny jeans this winter.