New Restaurant in Land Park on Riverside: Masullo

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

pizza in land parkAnybody who knows me realizes that I can't be bought, and I'm not the type to present a rosy picture that is all sunshine and lollipops to get anybody to like me. I try to present balanced opinions and will explain both the pros and cons to just about any situation so my readers can make an informed decision. I say this because a neighbor (a daughter of a client) emailed me a few days ago raving about a new restaurant in Land Park: Masullo. She had such a wonderful experience to share with me. I wish I could say my experience was the same as hers, but maybe I need to go there again.

For starters, the restaurant doesn't have any signage, has been open for a mere three weeks, and for a pizza joint, I thought $50 for dinner was a bit high. The menu is limited, mostly a couple of salads, Neapolitan-style pizza choices, beer, wine and a few desserts. My friend must have showed up when the restaurant was half empty to get her free dessert, because we weren't offered any as she was.

I asked to meet the owner, Robert, but Jacqueline, our hostess, said he was too busy in the kitchen. The restaurant is long and narrow, and the kitchen is open to the dining room. The dining room consists of long tables and hard benches on a cement floor. Very urban. There was a long line for dinner when my husband and I arrived, about 6:30 on a Friday night. Seated at a table in front of us was an agent I work with at Lyon. I stopped to talk to her. She said, "Order your pizza with a crispy crust, otherwise, it will be soggy. Oh, and these benches are really hard."

There was a party of eight ahead of us, but still plenty of space available. The hostess seated the party of eight before us, even though there was space for a couple. We waited about 20 minutes.

After we were seated, our waitress took our drink orders and started to hurry away. But wait, we cried, we know what we want. We were starving and had studied the menu while sitting on the hard bench.

First the salads arrived. The dressing was on the light side. I ordered the Arugula with fennel, kumquat slices, shaved Parmesan and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette for $5. My husband chose the mixed greens with a bit of prosciutto for $6. His was a bit more moist than mine.

The pizzas, I was warned, were individual sized, but in truth, two people could share that pizza. I chose the four quarters ($11), which was sausage, prosciutto, artichoke and roasted peppers with mozzarella. The ingredients were sparse, so pretty much once slice tasted like the other. Maybe it's due to the runny tomatoes that weren't quite ripe, as each slice of pizza was so thin it almost fell over when forked. But it was good. Don't get me wrong. It was delicious, fire-roasted and just the right amount of olive oil. Mouth watering. My husband had the Sophie ($12), which was potatoes (a bit undercooked and starchy), sausage, fontina, corn and rosemary.

Nobody appeared to describe dessert as promised on the menu, but our waitress did ask if we wanted dessert. By then, after consuming two salads and two big pizzas, dessert wasn't possible, even if it was free, which it wasn't.

I did notice an inordinate amount of take-out pizza boxes pile up while we were waiting for dinner. Maybe that's the ticket. Order take-out! Because the take-out orders seemed to take precedence over the orders by patrons in the restaurant and outnumbered us all.

The atmosphere was noisy. I couldn't hear half of what my husband had to say, and you know what, sometimes, it's better that way.

But $50 for dinner was a bit much for a pizza joint. We had two salads, one glass of wine, one water and two pizzas. Here's a tip, if you go there, order a couple salads and share the pizza!

Fortunately, we walked there, so walking home meant burning the calories of all the pizza we consumed.

Masullo is open for dinner only and located at 2711 Riverside Boulevard in Land Park. Right next to State Farm.

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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Flushing, NY

Too funny! It really got me speculating on what was going on in that kitchen. You know us New Yorkers are very  particular about our Italian pizzas! :-)

Jul 12, 2008 09:31 PM #1
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
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Elizabeth

The next time I am in Sacramento I will give this fine establishment a try. Your writing makes a guy like me just want to find a decent place to eat.

BY the way; did I mention that I think that your blog and personality is absolutely charming?

Sincerely

Tom Braatz 

Jul 12, 2008 11:40 PM #2
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Robert Machado
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Elizabeth,  I ate at Masullo's about 10 days ago.  My wife had read  about it and so we stopped in one weeknight evening.  It was not full,  there was 2 or 3 other groups  eating in the small eating area.  I did get the feeling of being in Rome with the wood fired oven and the thin pizzas.  I agree the salad was good.  We did like the pizza's and my wife shared hers with my sister, they are big enough for light eaters to satisfy two people. 

If you try to find it driving down Riverside Blvd., forget about finding it.  Until they have signs you should just walk so you can locate the front door! 

I give them a thumbs up for uniqeness and quality of the food. 

Jul 13, 2008 01:26 AM #3
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Hi C: What was going on in the kitchen was they were swamped. My husband and I were speculating about what could be the most expensive thing in that restaurant, and we concluded it was most likely the wood-fired oven, which was floor-to-ceiling and tiled.

Hi Tom: Why, if I didn't know you were taken, I'd think you were flirting with me. :) At least you know we can walk there from my house. Next time, we'll invite you two over for hors d’oeuvres and stroll down.

Hi Robert: It's like having a Midtown restaurant in Land Park. I really like the Riverside Clubhouse, too, but like that restaurant, parking is at a premium at Masullo and the surrounding neighbors don't like cars parked in front of their homes; and I don't blame them.

Friday nights are always a busy time. I'd say the place holds about 30 people. For those of you driving and trying to find Masullo without a sign: it's located just south of Second Avenue and north of Castro, across from the cemetery -- in the same parking lot as State Farm.

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Jul 13, 2008 09:34 AM #4
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Lisa Spalding
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Very honest feedback for the new restaurant.  Are you going to give it another go? 

Jul 13, 2008 09:37 AM #5
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Hi Lisa: Oh, sure, I'd go there again and give them another shot.  I'd like to try it mid-week when it's less busy. On a Friday night, it's more likely that we'll order take-out, though.

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Jul 13, 2008 09:49 AM #6
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Uhm...sounds so good. We have to get out into the bigger world and start learning about Sac. I didn't get to go with our friend and they changed to Vacaville anyway. So maybe someday soon David and I can plan a trip to Sac....still have a desire to have a AR event there. I wonder who we could get to commit? Just pondering! Maybe Jim Cronin would come and that would bring some people?

Jul 13, 2008 09:52 AM #7
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Hi Jeanean: Oh, my gosh, I'm sorry that your trip plans got sidetracked, but next time we'll definitely get together. And heck, yes, we can pull together a bunch of bloggers from Active Rain. We've got John Lockwood, Lori Polk and Erin Attardi, for starters, and (quite possibly, are you ready for this?) Tom Braatz! I'm trying to fire up the agents from my office at Lyon Real Estate to get more involved, beyond posting a profile. We also have several Land Park agents from Windermere who are beginning to participate in Active Rain, and we could invite them, too. I'm thinking that Jim is pretty busy right now with all the fires in his neck of the woods -- plus, he lives a ways from Sacramento.

If Masullo is quiet enough, that would be a good place to go, providing it's not on a weekend. :)

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