After 43 years as a restaurateur, Jack Massa is still living the dream.
“We’re still having fun. If you’re not having fun, you might as well get a different job,” Jack said. “You know if you love your job because it shows. And I love my job.”
That’s good news for Massa’s fans who continue to enjoy the restaurant’s unique menu, which began in 1974 with Massa’s Old Place on North Lindbergh and over the years has expanded to five locations, including Ballwin and Town & Country, the latest addition in Massa’s culinary crown.
Good food, great service and good times is Massa’s recipe for success that generations of loyal customers continue to appreciate.
“It’s really neat when people come in and say their parents use to bring them and that they’re now bringing in their kids,” Jack said, noting that consistency and a great staff have been the key to the family-owned business’ accomplishments. “Over the years, our menu really hasn’t changed that much. It’s a little different at Town & Country; they have more sandwiches and paninis because they’re open for lunch – we’re not at Ballwin. Town & Country also does a broccoli salad and a spinach salad that we don’t have [in Ballwin] yet.”
While there are minor differences between the Ballwin and Town & Country locations, the core menu remains similar. Each has the same great salads featuring Massa’s signature housemade Caesar dressing and luxurious pastas, such as Tutta Mare, creamy Tortellini and Cannelloni, which is considered by local connoisseurs as one of the best in town.
“People also really like our Cajun Pasta. It’s a little something different that has a zing and that we have on both the Ballwin and Town & Country menus,” Jack said. Gluten-free pasta options also are available.
Pasta remains a side attraction available with red or white sauce with entrées that are designed to satisfy both meat and seafood lovers.
Steak fans should not miss Beef Pepe, served as a 9-ounce filet at Ballwin or as 3-ounce Pepe Medallions at Town & Country. Each version is sauced with a peppercorn cream sauce, a sinfully rich sauce worth sopping up with bread. For customers who favor chicken, it doesn’t get much better than Massa’s Chicken Bolognese or its original creation, Chicken Bianco, delicately breaded and draped with a white wine mushroom sauce. Customers craving the day’s fresh catch should try the Parmesan Crusted White Fish, Shrimp Scampi or the half-pound Broiled Salmon with dill butter. All celebrated treasures from the sea.
Pizza, another favored Massa’s specialty, is available whether dining in or carrying out. Pizza and conversation with friends at the bar in Town & Country or on Ballwin’s quaint patio is the perfect combination.
Town & Country hosts its happy hour from 3-6 p.m., Monday though Friday. Ballwin doesn’t run a happy hour but that doesn’t matter. Everyone at the bar seems happy, especially on Wednesday nights when Jack holds court.
It’s Massa’s, of course!
“It’s all about keeping a smile on the customer’s face,” Jack said. “To do that all you need is two things – good service and good food. And drinks help, too.”
Massa’s, of course!
15310 Manchester Road • Ballwin • (636) 391-3700
Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday & Saturday
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14312 S. Outer 40 • Town & Country • (314) 485-8800
Dining Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday & Saturday
Bar Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday-Saturday