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Massa - Italian and Portugese Fusion


Restaurants & Bars Philadelphia Italian Fusion

Massa - Italian and Portugese Fusion

AmblerGirl | | May 20, 2011 05:32 AM

Massa just opened up on Butler Avenue in Ambler. There have been a number of positive things said on these boards about the restaurant under various topics, so I wanted to give its own topic.

Portguese is one of my favorite cuisines. There are so many fantastic Portugese restaurants in the Northeast (Taste of Portugal, Cafe Tio Pepe, etc.) but we definitely needed a Portguese spot in the burbs.

The menu is a mix of italian and Portguese dishes, with salads and woodfired pizzas. We have been there a few times for lunch and dinnner. Given my love for Portugese dishes, I already explored the Portugese side of the menu. I love their flaming chorizo, very good quality sausage served slaming in a terra cotta pig (cute presentation). Better than the Portugese places in the city, likely because of the high quality. I have also tried their pork and clams, which had nice broth (perfect for dunking in the portguese rolls). Their bacalau was good (though my husband said too many bones). On the italian side of the menu, they have homemade pasta with bolgnese sauce (good, but Mirna's is still the best in the area). Their pizzas are fantastic, perfect crispy crust. Similar to the pizza at Arpeggio (another favorite pizza spot). The chorizo pizza with olives and sliced chorizo is my favorite. I heard good things about the proscuitto pizza and am dying to try that. I also heard good things about their deserts, but have yet to try them (I wish my toddler would sit still long enough to let me have dessert!).

Its a small little BYO, the decor is a nice warm space, open kitchen with tiled pizza over, very small an intimate, not a ton of tables. We go at off hours so it is rarely crowded but I see it fill up during prime dinner hours. They do offer take out.

Prices are reasonable, about $15 for a large pizza, entrees in the $20 range. BYO helps, and there is a state store perfectly situated across the street.

We have been there a few times and serive for us ranged from just okay to fantastic, depending on the server.

Definitely a great addition to Ambler, I have a feeling I will start becoming a regular there soon!

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