One of the more pleasant pastimes, either living in the Cape or there on holiday, is to book and go and have a meal at Massimo’s in Hout Bay. Owned by Massimo and Tracy Orione, assisted by a fabulous team of people.
When we lived in the Cape, we visited, though now I feel that we should have been there more. There is no Pizza like a Massimo Pizza. Nowhere…
The menu is so eclectic, you are totally spoiled for choice. There is a small selection of Spantini, a kind of Italian Tapas. Salads there are many, and other first courses, the other ‘starters’ are mostly vegetarian. My choice invariably fell on their baby calamari lightly coated in seasoned flour and deep-fried, with home made aioli. They also have a separate Vegan Menu.
Many different pizzas, and pastas. They also have a series of Charity Dishes, which are marked in lime green on the menu. Part of the takings go to charity; each one is mentioned and the amount that is given to the Charity.
At the end of the meal, when we would be having a coffee, Massimo would tempt us with one of his home-made liqueurs, his Spiriti Famosi. Utterly, utterly delicious. The Spiriti Famosi are now being commercially made in Hout Bay and customers can buy them at Massimo’s or online. There are three flavours Limone, Zenzero and Arancia.
The Limone is a Massimo riff on the well-known Italian spirit Limoncello. It is made with Cane Spirit. Less sweet than Limoncello though with a great rush of lemon from the first whiffs, to the first sip and then through a generous lemony palate into the long aftertaste which you don’t want to follow too quickly with your next sip of coffee. A perfect digestif and a brilliant in gradient in cocktails.
The Spiriti Famosi are available in 500ml at the even-handed price of R255 per bottle. The have a beautiful gift box which, with the Spiriti Famosi which is sold for R275.00. There is a gift pack of three 200ml bottles too for R299.00
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