N.J.’s best new pizzeria was making serious dough with a unique style of pizza. Then came the pandemic.

The tattoo is inked in script on Marco Massaro’s left arm, just beneath the image of Italy.



a man standing in front of a large pizza: Massimo, owner, Massa Roman Square, Scotch Plains


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Massimo, owner, Massa Roman Square, Scotch Plains

“Whatever way it goes, it will be God who wants it.”

The message seemed prescient when he opened Massa Roman Square Pizza & Italian Specialties in Scotch Plains in November 2018, quickly establishing it as one of New Jersey’s best new pizzerias.

Massaro had been a computer programmer for 15 years in Italy, before moving to the United States and deciding “he needed a new passion/hobby,” says his wife, Jen Massaro.



a couple of people posing for the camera: Jen and Marco Massaro at Massa Roman Square in Scotch Plains.


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Jen and Marco Massaro at Massa Roman Square in Scotch Plains.

“He taught himself to make dough by reading books, watching videos and making lots of experiments in our basement,” she says.

That hobby grew into a

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