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Massie's Restaurant

69 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY - (518) 792-3383
Posted By Dave Sacerdote on 7/29/2002 1:37:00 PM
It's storefront facade is easy to miss, nestled on a gritty part of Main Street (US Route 9) in South Glens Falls, NY next to a tatoo parlor. But once you find the place, you'll never forget it, because stepping into Massie's for dinner is like going back in time to the kind of Italian restaurant your grandfather enjoyed.

The dining room is a busy place with decor little changed from the 1940's - wood panel wainscotting below painted murals of nearby Lake George, interrupted here and there by gigantic, ancient air conditioning units almost imperceptibly humming in the background; tables covered with yellow linen and brown napkins accented with candles and pots of grated cheese; waiters in black vests and ties bustling back and forth from the kitchen with enormous trays of food. Most of the tables here seat six or more - Massie's is the kind of place to bring friends and family - and the air rustles with conversation, laughter, and the clink of wine glasses. For a more intimate setting, you might choose a booth in the dark, cozy bar, with it's maroon leather upholstery, dark panelling, and trophy fish hanging on the wall. Either way, the meals are outstanding and the service friendly and attentive without being annoying.

Your waiter will take an initial drink order and then leave you to pore over the menu. The appetizers on the menu are strictly tradtional - tomato juice, anchovies with oil, sardines, shrimp cocktail - no fried mozarella, buffalo wings, or potato skins here. But skip them over anyway, because soon the waiter will reappear with a relish tray piled high with olives, half-sour pickles, sweet pickled cherry peppers, sliced carrots, ribs of celery and delicate curled scallions. He'll also have a basket of dense homemade bread hot from the oven, crunchy garlic toast redolent with garlic, herbs, and melted butter, and generous scoops of whipped butter and Massie's signature liver pate - smooth and flavorful and good enough to be a meal in itself with the breads. A word to the waiter will keep these goodies refreshed throughout the meal, but don't be hasty in reordering for next, a small fresh garden salad is followed by a bowl of your choice of that day's soups. On our latest visit, these were chicken and minestrone - hearty, rich, and loaded with fresh local vegetables - and were served a familia from steaming steel tureens left at the table to answer the call for seconds.

The main dishes at Massie's are as outstanding as the starters. Ordering homemade Italian sausage brings three thick ten-inch links of savory pork sausage made from coarse chunks of tender pork laced with garlic, sage, and herbs, served with roasted green bell peppers and tangy marinara sauce. Pork tenderloin scallopini are thick medallions of pork in a rich tomato and mushrooms sauce. Still hungering for chicken livers after the marvelous pate? Try chicken livers Caruso - a heaping platter of chicken livers, sauteed in olive oil with onions and served with homemade spaghetti.

The spaghetti deserves a special mention all it's own. All of the dinners come with a bowl of standard spaghtetti, but for an extra $1.50 it can be upgraded to Massie's homemade version, and for a pasta lover it's well worth it. Perfectly al dente, these thick strands of pasta are enriched with extra eggs and made fresh in the kitchen.

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Served with generous sections of roasted green bell pepper in a mouth-watering marinara sauce, Massie's homemade italian sausage is the centerpiece of one of the restaurant's most popular meals.
"Served with generous sections of roasted green bell pepper in a mouth-watering marinara sauce, Massie's homemade italian sausage is the centerpiece of one of the restaurant's most popular meals."
Dave Sacerdote





Massie's Italian specialties all come with a bowl of spaghetti, but specify the homemade stuff for a real treat.
"Massie's Italian specialties all come with a bowl of spaghetti, but specify the homemade stuff for a real treat."
Dave Sacerdote


This tall lighted sign points the way to Massie's spacious parking lot, across the street from the restaurant itself.
"This tall lighted sign points the way to Massie's spacious parking lot, across the street from the restaurant itself."
Dave Sacerdote


Without that sign across the street, Massie's would be easy to miss in it's storefront location on Main Street in South Glens Falls, NY.  Under the red canopy, pass through the aluminum storm doored patio and turn left for the bar, or go straight up the steps to the dining room.
"Without that sign across the street, Massie's would be easy to miss in it's storefront location on Main Street in South Glens Falls, NY. Under the red canopy, pass through the aluminum storm doored patio and turn left for the bar, or go straight up the steps to the dining room."
Dave Sacerdote


Every meal starts with a generous relish tray with various raw and pickled veggies, a basket of warm homemade bread and garlic toast, and heaping scoops of whipped butter and Massie's trademark liver pate.
"Every meal starts with a generous relish tray with various raw and pickled veggies, a basket of warm homemade bread and garlic toast, and heaping scoops of whipped butter and Massie's trademark liver pate."
Dave Sacerdote



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