Naturally, the awards took place in the very birthplace of pizza itself, Naples, Italy.
What makes this award so significant is that for the first time since the 50 Top Pizza awards was established three years ago, it recognised an African pizzeria as one of the world's top 50.
Not just African, but South African!
The pizzeria has a cosy, authentic feel and caters to carnivores, veggies, kiddies and even has a doggy menu! Pizza for all!
Opened in 2009 by owner Massimo Orione, the wood-fired, authentic Italian-style pizzas have high ratings of 4 and 5 out of 5 stars on reviewer websites like TripAdvisor.
One reviewer says, "Having recently moved to Hout Bay it was imperative that my wife and I found a local pizzeria we could write home about. My goodness did Massimo’s deliver, one of the best pizza’s I’ve ever had. We weren’t lucky enough to meet the man himself but I’m sure we will soon! Don’t hesitate to book, it’s a great experience. It’ll be a regular dinner date for us from now on!"
But there's even more to this little pizzeria. They invest a lot in their local community.In 2015, Massimo's started a Pay-it-Forward campaign. When dining at Massimo's you can decide to pre-buy a R10 slice of pizza when you settle your bill. That is, if you buy a virtual slice of pizza for someone, Massimo's will ‘bank’ it and for every six slices sold, Massimo’s will deliver an entire pizza to a local charity or institutions.