My husband visited Massa's several years ago and every once in awhile would mention it in passing. Decided to try this place this past Saturday evening for my first visit and his second. Ultimately, I will not come back to this place. It's not that it was terrible, but it wasn't particularly good either. This place has a following for sure as it is always busy, but I don't see the draw. It's very small, cramped, and dim (too dim). Service started off pretty slow, but then did pick up so it was adequate. We started off with the artichoke dip appetizer with crostini. Ok I love artichoke dip. I had one or two bites and then no more. Too salty, too much mayo... Hard to pin point the issue, but overall not good in my opinion. Also this is a minor point but I certainly would not classify the bread they brought out with it as crostini - it was too thick and basically just garlic bread- which i ended up eating plain as it was better that way than with the dip. For dinner I had ravoli and my husband had some sort of baked pasta. Both were just ok. I hate to say it, but I haven't had chef boyardee in years and I would actually rank the meat sauce in the cans of CB as better than the meat sauce that came with the pastas. Portion's were adequate and we came home with leftovers. I really was not excited about eating my leftovers, but I am also of the mind to not waste food (but I would have rather tossed it altogether). Price wise- for pasta's it's probably on par with other Italian places in the area. If you get an entree you are spending a little more (maybe 18-20 bucks per person). I did have to laugh that they upcharge you for blue cheese dressing (1.50 more)- I really wanted to ask why. Is it homemade? - are they making the blue cheese themselves?- I've just never seen an upcharge for a dressing. In any case, as stated before I would not come back. If you are looking for Italian and not wanting to travel to the hill there are other places in the area that will hook you up with something decent - cugino's or cannolies in florissant are two that come to mind.
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