Masa MexItalian: I “Knead” You
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(Long time no post, eh? This is the Revenge of the Fifth. *guffaw guffaw)
As one who snacks on ingredients, first thing that called to me when Masa Restaurant first got on my radar, January of this year, was their interesting pizza toppings. Grated pistachios? Whoa! (Masa menu here.)
Before anything else, though, a sip of their beverages.
Made by Chef Geo, these fresh fruit iced teas were flavorful and amusingly fizzy glasses. These reminded me of ginger ale, but on the more mango and more dalandan side. Man, the latter was super refreshing. Like a cross breed between flavored iced tea and soda. =))
Let’s talk about their Italian stuff first because it took some time till the Mexican options were deemed worthy by the chef to be on the menu.
In a word, the Masa pizzas are fantastic. Long version; first visit got me raving about the pistachio pizza green with pesto, topped with sun dried tomatoes and lots of bacon pieces. Curiosity got Xine again when we finished our meal then so we took home the manzo pizza. Beefy bits all around, scallion shreds that sort of got stuck in my teeth like floss =b … I loved that pizza nonetheless.
Meeting with Jo on another day, we got half a proteinata pizza and half pistachio (so Jo can have a taste). So fun how all those toppings (sausage, smoked bacon, potatoes) and egg cracked on the dough worked together. It sort of reminded me of a kare (Korean curry) meal I used to eat at one of my students‘ houses way back, it did taste better with a sunny side up in it. (Hellos to Bo-ram and Bo-ram Umma!) The magic that a little protein contributes. \m/
Salame, one of their newest, looks like Yellow Cab‘s NY Classic pepperoni topped pizza. This quickly became a fave for X+1 with the tangy overload of salami slices. The other half, a more vegan selection, the pizza with artichoke. I can’t say I’ve eaten artichoke before but this was a welcome taste. While biting into the banana-blossom-like-but-mushier veggie, I thanked the heavens I didn’t have to dig through the (cactus like?) leaves/outer covering to get to the heart. (“,)
And the crusts on all Masa pizzapies! That surely won’t end up on my plate to be discarded nor will I give it to my furry friends. My brother refers to them now as garlic bread. Dipped in the resto’s homemade chili oil (seasoning for pizza instead of hot sauce), Y-U-M! Got me carbs packing now.
At our very first Masa Mexitalian Grub visit, we got prawn feta pasta which was spaghetti tossed in a burnt butter sauce. What a pleasant aroma that bowl had. I wanted it with a little more salt because let’s face it, that sauce is mostly oil based. That’s where the feta came in. Maybe with more smaller bits and pieces of those thrown around together with the shrimp, that would suit me to a T. On my better half’s side, he enjoyed this pasta variety a whole lot. We are tipping our hats to you Masa for your innovative dishes. ^^,
I heard from Ela Katrina that the red sauce pasta was delish and so when we came back to the Mexican Italian restaurant with Jo, we made sure to order this. Ela was right. Gotta love pastas that have true Italian flavors: Sour from the tomatoes. (At the same time, I like the Filipino sweet-ish version, too.)
The verdict for the beef ribs according to Race, the ribs man, is that it’s superb. Tender enough, but not overdone that it’s become squashy squishy meat. The wet rub seeped well into the nooks and crannies of the lean. =D
The open faced taco was great the second time around with more strips of vibrant purple cabbage on top. Also, the roasted pork and the salsa in these taco shells gave our mouths a little kick. The mushroom quesadilla was just what you’d expect from such wraps; ooey gooey cheese once you bite into it. The chicken wings offered pinches of pleasurable pain in its spicy taste.
X marks Masa MexItalian Restaurant for good food in Baguio. Gently kneaded into submission, lovin’ Masa Grub, I am.
Food: for the pizzas. I just went on and on about them, didn’t I? #addictedtoMasapizzas (so I’m putting this food establishment in with my favorites now) *heehaha for everything else.
Shout out to Hawker with their budget friendly Hainanese chicken, chili crab, iced desserts … but I’m getting ahead of myself. For next time, my foodie friends, for next time.
65 M. Roxas Street, Alfonso Tabora (enter the black gate across from the building with Elvin’s Bakeshop)
Baguio City, Philippines
0917 473 9169
(See location on Google Maps: Malcolm Square to Masa Mexitalian Grub
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I like artichoke. I have never seen it on pizza though. one of these days I might visit Masa Mexitalian for that pizza.
Hello, Janna! The artichokes on this pizza was interesting; a good combo with the spinach it was laid on top of. Again, the veggie juices and olive oil left on the plate, perfect for soaking up with what’s left of the crust Ahhh, nomnomnom. Now, I want to go back to Masa again. *hihi I hope you enjoy the spinach artichoke pizza and have a wonderful time on your Masa MexItalian Grub visit altogether! (“,)
Say no to May the 4th. Yes to revenge of the fifth! 😀
*hihi Thanks for dropping by this Baguio food blog, Benny! Happy Baguio food adventures! (“,)
Ayun, may post ka na! Ganda sana dito sa Masa resto para mothers day with mudra. Closed sila on Sundays diba?
Hello there, Mario! Oh, Masa MexItalian Restaurant has added days of operation and Sunday, it is! https://www.facebook.com/Masa.MexItalian/photos/a.1675454752723423.1073741831.1674368102832088/1714381305497434/?type=3&theater Yes, pwede for Mother’s Day! I hope you and your mom have a great dining experience there! Happy Mother’s Day to your mom! (“,)
Your pic holding up the Pizza slice…. has a distinctly Mexican “look” to it….maybe its the big ear rings!…. this is now on our must check it list. Thanks for the review…. keep ’em coming.
Hello there, peter torres! Yes, it must be the earrings. Got them in Thailand though; talk about globalization and culture overlaps. *hihi I hope you have as incredible a time as we’ve had at Masa Mexitalian! More power, Baguio Transient! (“,)
Are this restaurants still open.. i went the other day 2/19/2018 but ireally cant find the place.. i saw elvins bakeshop but.. havent seen the hawkers nor the masa pizza resto.. is it a private house location? Pls pls if you have any contacts.. kindly pls send me the exact location. Tnx much
Hello, Cha! Sadly, Masa is already closed. It’s replaced by Samira’s Restaurant/Enchanted Resto Cafe. (Really a great loss, this Mexitalian resto.) Goes to show how dynamic the food industry is in Baguio City, food trip city. (“,)