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Has anybody been to Massa yet?

PlasticMoonRain Feb 13, 2011 07:10 PM

I know Massa at the Five Corners in Scarsdale is supposed to be open already, but it seems remarkably quiet so far about how it is.

As a matter of fact, the place doesn't seem to be open driving by most of the time. No signs. The whole vibe always seems to be quiet.

Considering the unlucky history of this space, I'd make sure people knew we were open for dinner.

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    PlasticMoonRain May 22, 2011 08:13 PM

    Massa reviewed in the New York Times today. I've been waiting for some major publication to weigh in. And in this case, it was a big meh.


    "The executive chef, Pasquale Coli, and his son, Francesco, who manages out front, describe their menu as classic Italian cuisine influenced by their native Puglia, but honestly, there was little on it that strayed from the standard Italian-American script. A handful of dishes might bring a diner back — lovely braised artichoke hearts; well-made linguine vongole and spaghetti carbonara (good and eggy, with tasty nuggets of pancetta); a pretty presentation of salmon with toasted bread crumbs and a light mustard sauce; and an unforgettable little tartufo at dessert time — but much of what we ate was underseasoned and short on surprise."

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      bdr May 22, 2011 08:22 PM

      But in a shocker, the Scarsdale Inquirer gave Massa a glowing review. Of course, it's only the 108th consecutive "fabulous" review by their reviewer, so take it with a gallon of salt.

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        PlasticMoonRain May 22, 2011 08:34 PM

        The Scarsdale Inquirer recently addressed that very point in their letters column, when somebody wrote in and wondered why their "reviews" were so over the top. The reply was that these were not reviews and not labeled as such, but features.

        Then again, Scarsdale Inquirer doesn't have a bad thing to say about just about anything, much less restaurants. But that's another story...

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          cubanat May 23, 2011 11:47 AM

          funny as hell! right up there with westchester magazine advertorials and coffee with____(INSERT CHEF NAME HERE___!

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            PlasticMoonRain May 23, 2011 11:54 AM

            One difference. Westchester Magazine labels that section an advertorial.

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              cubanat May 23, 2011 01:28 PM

              Yeah but they are notoriously favorable to advertisers and some of their features do not say "advertisement"...maybe the only magazine more fluffy is the WAG.

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      rich51 Feb 15, 2011 06:27 PM

      i said it before and i'll say it again, it is not cursed~ just a really lousy location~. i have lived less than 2 miles from there for 56 years (entire life) and it is basically an isolated building . The rear lot with it's steepness and access to weaver street is not very enjoyable, this is not LA and most don't want valet. parking across the street is non-existent and even if agreement was reached running to beat weaver street traffic won't cut it. so no matter how close to building it is just too easy to go a fewmiles further ~ granted slim pickings in the area> but i do hope they do well, despite my prediction

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        BAFU Feb 16, 2011 10:03 AM

        ...so in other words the location is cursed. And there's lots of parking across the street in the lot behind Metro Deli/Chase Bank.

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          rich51 Feb 23, 2011 09:59 AM

          the owners of that lot (in the past) went out of it's way to make it clear that that lot was only for their own tenants . and perhaps most specifically not for the restaurant. i do not know if that has changed. but i think they may chain it it the evening (?)

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            ronhall51 Feb 23, 2011 10:54 AM

            indeed they do chain it.Though i doubt the hordes will descend on the parking lot in search of Massa

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              rich51 Feb 26, 2011 05:41 PM

              well at least they haven't lost your reservation :-(

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        wchesterfoodie Feb 14, 2011 10:58 AM

        I went and was not impressed. In fairness it was a soft open so I tried not to be too harsh. Some problems may have just been execution due to a new kitchen/staff. Others seemed a bit more glaring. I wrote a full review in greater detail here: http://www.westchesterfoodieonline.co...

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          MRS Feb 14, 2011 03:23 PM

          Gotta tell you...Will not be running to dine here any time soon. Soft opening or not, when an establishment is open, it's open. That means everything should be ready and on target. There are little thing that can be overlooked- but not multiple things from start to finish.

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          PlasticMoonRain Feb 14, 2011 07:37 AM

          I just wonder if this is by design and they've launched softly, or they have not bothered to really promote the opening.

          You would think there'd be some kind of sign somewhere that says GRAND OPENING, so people knew to check it out.

          I personally don't think most people know if it's really open or not.

          1. BAFU Feb 14, 2011 07:32 AM

            The location is cursed I tells ya....CURSED!

            Tried last week, went in & non-one, as in not a person, was in there. I read that sign as BAD and left.

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              ronhall51 Feb 14, 2011 06:29 AM

              I went soon after it opened.My impression was nice people average food a little overpriced.
              I dont think just good can survive in that particular space.I live two blocks away so believe me id love a local go to place.But i doubt i would rush back

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