Dec. 21, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A pizzeria run by owners who describe themselves as “pizza royalty, of sorts” has opened in the Queens Plaza area.
Massa’s, with an existing location on Long Island, opened at 42-12 28th St. earlier this week, and offers a variety of coal-fired pizzas and other Italian-American dishes.
The sizable restaurant can seat roughly 50, with a menu of nine pies available including margherita, pancetta pie, a “brunch pie” made with sunnyside eggs, and a clam pie.
Pies are available in medium and large sizes (18 inch), with some available in personal 10 inch sizes. Prices for the pies range from $10 to $36, with more than 15 toppings available.
Massa’s also offers salads and meatballs for starters, and entrees like chicken and eggplant parmigiana, along with stromboli and calzones.
The new location is owned by Bill Massa, who carries a rich legacy with him—his uncle, Patsy Grimaldi, opened the legendary pizza restaurant by the same name under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1990, and his great uncle, Patsy Lancieri, worked at Lombardi’s before opening Patsy’s in East Harlem in the 1930s.
Massa’s new Long Island City location comes a couple of years after Patsy Grimaldi, who sold his Brooklyn pizzeria and the rights to the Grimaldi name in 2001, came out of retirement to open Juliana’s in 2012.
The first Massa’s location, in Huntington, opened in 2004.