Pizza Week: Masullo in Land Park
That’s right, it’s officially Pizza Week on Sac Foodies! This week, we’ll tell you about our favorite places to grab a slice in Sacramento and beyond. We’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations as well, so feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page anytime!
When I moved to Land Park about a year ago, I noticed right away the strip of empty storefronts lining Riverside Boulevard. It wasn’t but a few weeks after we’d moved in to the neighborhood that one of the vacancies became Masullo Pizza – a tiny, nondescript, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it neighborhood pizzeria. It was as though it was made just for me. If you know me you know that I love pizza. Especially thin crust, Italian-style. I’m quite convinced I could live on it actually. So when Masullo opened, a tiny pizza place serving up thin-crust pies made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients just two blocks from my house, I almost thought it was too good to be true.
In the year since Masullo opened, we’ve visited at least once a month and I actually think I’ve tried almost all the pizzas on the menu. The appetizers and salads are continually changing depending on what’s in season but for the most part, the pizzas have remained the same. A few of my favorite combinations are the Maggie, made with mozzarella, arugula, cherry tomatoes, onion and grana padano, (a cheese similar to parmesan), and the Mustapha, made with mozzarella, grana padano, prosciutto and arugula. Depending on who I’m visiting with, we’ll also usually order a few of the appetizers or salad dishes, which are always simple, fresh and delicious, like the arugula salad with fennel, parmesan, kumquats and lemon vinaigrette or the heirloom tomato and cucumber salad.
On this particular visit, we tried a special salad which included multiple varieties of cucumber, red onion, tomato and olives served with fresh ricotta and herbed bread, similar to their pizza crust.
We also ordered two pizzas: the 3 Meats with mozzarella, ricotta, salame, sausage and mortadella and the Lotte with mozzarella, goat cheese, oyster mushrooms, onion and oregano.
Having basically worked my way through the menu over the past year, I highly recommend Masullo, especially if you like local and seasonal ingredients. I should also mention that they have just an $8 corkage fee as well as a small, but local wine and beer list and a yummy dessert selection too. My secret’s out….Masullo in Land Park is definitely a hidden gem of the Sacramento restaurant scene.
2711 Riverside Blvd.