Italian restaurants offer an authentic taste of southern Europe, unlike slow-roasting a world atlas or chewing on designer boots imported from Milan. Satisfy worldly longings with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Masina Trattoria in Weehawken.
Fresh Italian flavors greet guests in both classic and contemporary dishes from the vast menu at Masina Trattoria. Tease bellies with antipasti of zesty meats, roasted veggies, and bold cheeses ($12–$17) or mussels in pinot-grigio-and-roasted-tomato broth ($10) before delving into entrees artfully prepared by Executive Chef Peter Ingrasselino and his kitchen magicians. Bucatini pasta struts onto a platter with an entourage of doting shrimp, Gaeta olives, and a posse of spices ($18), and the grilled swordfish arrives with garden veggies and grilled polenta ($22). Those with dietary restrictions may request gluten-free meals, which boldly impersonate their counterparts from the standard menu.
Whether dining indoors amid enormous windows or admiring the Hudson River from the patio, guests can accent picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline with a Masina manhattan ($10) or glass of wine from a generous selection. Sultry desserts such as tiramisu coax taste buds out to play with the essence of dark rum and espresso ($5) to top off an evening of fine dining. Masina Trattoria boasts full menus for breakfast and lunch patrons, and supports nonconformists on the path to an hourless society with Sunday brunch.
The cuisine: Italian. The vista: New York's one-of-a-kind skyline, towering high above the Hudson. Masina Trattoria's team delivers its cuisine to an outdoor patio overlooking Manhattan's iconic architecture, which wasn't built in a day—it was built in a plot of land. They also serve their food inside, where those twinkling views of the skyline fill the expansive windows, and framed black and white photos add a touch of vintage to the romantic decor.
Bearing the name of post-war actress and wife of Italian director Federico Fellini, Masina Trattoria pays homage to the spirit of the bold cuisine of Italy. Executive Chef Rocco Russo crafts classics such as gnocchi and cavatelli, but also adds inventive touches such as parsley sausage and broccoli raab.
500 Harbor Blvd.
Weehawken, New Jersey 07086