Signature dish: Cucina Massi inspired by Italian heritage | Culture & Leisure

Father-son duo Dante and Massimo Liberatore brought their legacy to Frederick with the opening of Cucina Massi. Look out the restaurant window and you will be greeted by a mural depicting the Italian town of Palena, where their family originated. Although their restaurant Frederick is about two years old, the family has extensive experience operating Italian restaurants across Maryland under the name Liberatore’s. Now it’s Massimo’s turn to become the next generation of restaurateurs. The Cucina Massi menu is full of dishes including mozzarella, marinara, meatballs and pasta. Those looking for something lighter can try the pear salad with balsamic vinaigrette or baby clams simmered with onions, oregano and thick marinara. Standard fare includes lasagna, spaghetti, crab ravioli, and chicken parmigiana. Massimo says you’ll probably have leftovers if you order the pasta. Go out to see the grapes growing on a vine during the warmer months or to dine on the terrace. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from the bar, and sit back and imagine you are dining in Italy.

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Capellini Caprese, a dish of angel hair pasta topped with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, sausage and fresh basil, is featured at Cucina Massi.

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