From Our Editors
The typical perception of classic French cuisine doesn't usually consider the amalgam of Spanish, Italian, and Moroccan flavors that inspires a large portion of the country's cooking. However, Cafe Massilia's chefs wholeheartedly embrace these influences, dedicating their menu to the dishes of Provence—a region in southern France—where these pan-Mediterranean flavors converge. Gayot praised the selection of hearty soups, braised meats, and other rustic yet refined dishes, claiming that the eatery, "serves some of the best bistro cooking in the area." In addition to routinely preparing classics, including duck leg confit and mussels in an aromatic broth of white wine, garlic, and tomatoes, the chefs also prepare a number of specials depending on the day, such as a saffron-tinged paella brimming with shrimp, chicken, and chorizo.
With a French flag hanging alongside Old Glory outside the restaurant, Café Massilia proudly showcases its European roots to passersby on the street. The décor mimics the cozy spirit of the menu, seating guests at tables dressed with burgundy-hued linens and jet-black napkins. Framed artwork depicting the Mediterranean coast adorns the dining room's sunset-orange walls, as do the gleaming sconces.