SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  A traditional Italian restaurant inspired by the culinary landscape of Italy is reopening Friday night.

Costa Pizza Kitchen & Bar will reopen inside MGM Springfield which offers made-to-order wood-fired pizzas and Italian classics. The bar offers specialty handcrafted cocktails, wines, drafts, and specialty beers.

Menu highlights include:

  • Margherita Pizza with mozzarella, pomodoro & basil
  • Spicy Calabrian Pizza with salami, chiles and honey
  • Mushroom Pizza with ricotta & fontina
  • Caprese Crostini with burrata, roasted tomatoes & basil pesto
  • Calamari with pomodoro, lemon & chili
  • Meatballs with whipped ricotta & basil

MGM Springfield Executive Director of Hospitality, Chris Smigel told 22News of the long, winding road for the Italian restaurant to get to this day, “This is going to be our first time having all of our restaurants open, post pandemic. We rebranded, and then the pandemic came. Two weeks later, we had to shut down. This is the first time since reopening, that this restaurant will be. We’ll be serving meals, and really the last piece to the puzzle on property.”

Pizza maker Carlos Cintron-Torres, a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Springfield realizes all eyes will be on him as people await their Pizza from the open kitchen. It’s all in the pizza makers technique.

“You throw the pie over there, and let it stretch out, and you’re going to throw it up, when it comes down, I catch it,” said Cintron-Torres.

Costa MGM Springfield will be open Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.