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Green Kitchen Report: Hole in the Wall

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Taking a trio of grandkids out for lunch on a rainy Saturday afternoon ended up being an adventure of note. I had often driven past the sign on Kasier Road in Assagay advertising wood fired pizza and smoothies, and thought it was about time I stopped and gave it a try. We bailed out of the car and found the pizza oven fire burning brightly, and a warm welcome from the owner, Marcus. Situated right next to Assagay Nursery, Hole in the Wall is mostly a take away, but there are a few al fresco tables for those who choose to enjoy their pizzas right there.

Pizza has to be one of the finest inventions in culinary history. And when it is well made, with a fine crisp base, decent cheese and fresh organic toppings bursting with flavour, it is a wonderful treat. Hole in the Wall pizzas are comparable with the best that you can buy in Europe, avoiding the soggy undercooked doughy base, the mountains of gooey plastic cheeses, and the largely decorative additions, and going for the real thing all the way.  The menu caters for both vegetarians and meat eaters in equal measure; this too is somewhat rare. Conferring with the grandkids, we chose 2 pizzas for the four of us: a simple Margherita and the Spinach Supreme, which added spinach, olives, red onion, feta, and garlic to the basic Napoli sauce and mozzarella. Both were totally delicious, although the garlic on the Spinach Supreme was rather overwhelming!

Hole in the Wall menu offers pizza wraps, or the folded pizza, which is very yummy, and naturally there is Focaccia as well, made with olive oil, salt and herbs, or with mixed olives and feta. The Subz are topped with butter, tomato sauce, and a mozzarella and cheddar mix. The Roaming Goat with caramelized onion, mixed peppers, halloumi, and wild rocket looks appealing, and there’s no doubt that we will make a return trip to sample the other options.

If pizza is usually accompanied with fizzy drinks, then Hole in the Wall’s health conscious owner Marcus is the exception here too. Smoothies and fresh juices are served; the smoothies are power packed and dairy free. With a banana and honey base, you can choose from chocolate, or cinnamon, or go the whole hog with peanut butter cinnamon, banana, and honey! Fresh juices are on offer; the fruit is only cut when the drinks are ordered, a sure sign that Marcus knows what he’s doing as there is a loss of essential vitamins as soon as the fruit is exposed to the air. Juices include apple, orange, mixed pepper, carrot and ginger, and my all time favourite for a great pick me up -  Purple Paradise with beetroot, mixed apples, carrot, and grapes in season.

Good food is not cheap; but Hole in the Wall’s fare is offered at reasonable prices.  The wood fired pizzas range from 50 bucks through 90, and it’s all value for money. Juices come at the acceptable price of R36 and smoothies weigh in at R34. If you are in the area, make a point of stopping off and picking up something healthy and yummy to keep you going. Or hang out, admire the murals, stroll amongst the Assagay Nursery’s flowers and trees, and make it an occasion. It certainly was for us.

Hole in the Wall open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. Call on 031 768 1129 or 082 227 7989. 

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