Jack Massa, owner of Massa’s of course!, doesn’t play favorites. He loves all five of his Massa’s locations – Ballwin, Bridgeton, St. Charles, Town & Country and Winghaven. (See massasofcourse.com for details on each location.)
“Each place is a little different, but not by much. They all have chandeliers and Marilyn (Monroe) on the wall somewhere,” Jack said, explaining that the dining room’s signature décor elements were created by his brother and business partner, Bill, who passed in December.
“The menu (at each restaurant) is practically the same with just a few differences, which depends on what’s in the kitchen – stuff like deep fryers, and whether or not they’re open for lunch.”
For instance, Massa’s Winghaven is open for lunch, offering an impressive list of specials ringing up at under ten bucks. Each is generously dished and served with a salad or side. It’s a real deal and chance to savor a few of the restaurant’s greatest plates, such as its signature Cannelloni – the top seller on both the lunch and dinner menus at all Massa’s’ locations.
On the lunch menu you’ll find surprises such as a creamy Seafood Casserole – shell noodles, scallops, shrimp and clams baked with Alfredo sauce and Provel cheese. It’s a dish only available at lunch.
Tony Massa, Jack’s son, oversees Winghaven. Following in the restaurateur footsteps of his dad and uncle, Tony adds his own surprises to the lunch menu with his pasta of the day pick. When Cajun Pasta is featured it’s like winning the culinary lottery. Think of it as Cajun surf and turf – chicken and shrimp tossed with a spicy Cajun cream sauce, laced with roasted red peppers and ladled on penne pasta.
“Our Cajun Pasta is hard to resist. Not too spicy but with a little zing,” Jack said. “It’s made with our own custom blend of Cajun spices – McCarthy Spice – the best there is. We spent hours together mixing and tasting until we got it just right.”
Lunch specials are served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; then, it’s dinner time, which is especially pleasurable on one of Winghaven’s patios.
“People love the patios, and they’re not a sidewalk with tables. We have two great patios with lake views. One is covered so you don’t have to worry about the rain,” Jack said. “It’s a happening place, especially when we have music.”
DJs provide music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Diners can enjoy great entertainment while indulging in one of Massa’s’ fabled entrees, such as Chicken Bianco and Pepe Medallions. The recipes for both were created by Jack and Bill back in the ‘70s when they first began their culinary journey. Both dishes remain customer favorites today.
Another core recipe that’s on the menu at all locations is the house salad dressing. A Massa original that was created by Jack’s wife and elevates the side salad to a masterpiece of greens. It’s the perfect complement to any of the 14 pastas available, or one of Massa’s’ exceptional pizzas, which are custom made, St. Louis style.
Appetizers and shareable plates – Seafood Stuffed Portabellas, Toasted Artichoke Hearts, and Wings – are great when served with cool libations.
From apps at the bar to dinner on the patio, Jack said, “We have it all right here.”
|Massa’s of course!|
|3072 WingHaven Blvd. · O’Fallon · (636) 561-5202 · www.massasofcourse.com|
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday