SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Billing itself as the only pizzeria in Scotch Plains and surrounding areas that specializes in artisanal Roman Square Pizza, Massa Pizza (Park Ave., Scotch Plains) offers “a curated selection of imported Italian specialties in a small but casual atmosphere,” according to its website.

Since its opening, the eatery has received many rave reviews, but none as glowing as the one from New Jersey’s top food critic, Peter Genovese, who on January 1 hailed Massa’s Amatriciana slice No. 1 among “The 50 Dishes You Need to Eat in N.J. in 2020.” He had previously named Massa one of his “Top 10 Pizzerias in New Jersey.”

Pancetta and black pepper: A match made in Pete's pizza heaven. Those are two of the ingredients on the Amatriciana pizza (also with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and pecorino cheese). It's fabulous and the best thing I ate all year. - Peter Genovese

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To read Genovese’s Top 50, click here.

Ironically, the Amatriciana pie that gained the Garden State’s top spot, is not the owner’s top pick.

“It’s good. He (Genovese) tried it, and he liked it. But My favorite is the Parma. It is topped with Fior di Latte mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula, prosciutto di parma, shaved parmigiano,” said Italian-born Marco Massaro, who opened the pizzeria in 2018. “The Spinaci with mozzarella, ricotta, spinach and pecorino is also very good.”

The dough is made with non-GMO (unbleached) flour imported from Italy. The dough rises slowly (over 72 hours) and the pizza is topped with San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and locally sourced Fior di Latte mozzarella. The pies are larger than most others, and are priced accordingly.

Because of this adherence to quality, when Massa’s daily batch of dough is done, they stop making pizza. Ordering early and in advance is encouraged.

Massa Roman Square Pizza & Italian Specialties
405A Park Ave.
Scotch Plains NJ 07076
(908) 312-9499
www.massarsp.com