Has anybody been to Massa yet?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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...