With a menu that’s inspired by Mamma Luciana’s home town of Modena, and an ocean view to look out to as you feast upon a generous portion of pasta, why wouldn’t you go to Mamma Luciana’s for lunch or dinner?
Mamma Luciana’s began as an offshoot from Marco’s Italian, which you’ll still find in the heart of Windermere, on the Berea. Nowadays, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to feasting, with a Mamma Luciana’s branch on Florida Road, and another further north in Glenashley. That’s the one we pop in to every now and then when I throw up my hands and proclaim: “I’m not cooking tonight!”
There’s no better meal than one that mamma makes, and that’s a truism that shines through when you settle down to peruse the ristorante’s varied menu. Wood-fired pizzas with toppings you’ve never thought of before, indulgent pastas and superb seafood are to be enjoyed. Tuck in to the Pumpkin Panzerotti, or take my kid’s advice and enjoy the meat ravioli. The ultimate pizza, though, is the Pizza de Treviso. If you’re more of a seafood fan, take your pick from calamari, linefish or more, but make sure you ask for a side serving of zucchini chips – Mamma’s got that crispy batter down to a fine art. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out the new lunch menu at Mamma’s, with a seafood board and gigantic burger now on offer.
Mamma’s is usually quite busy, so it’s a good idea to book your table in advance. But don’t worry that you’ll be rushed through your meal, as laidback lunches and long-winded dinners are the Italian way of life. Savour your starter, marinate in your mains and end off your meal with a delectable dessert. I’d recommend the home-made ice cream, but if you’re looking for something bigger, go for the dark and rich chocolate mousse.
Take it away
If you’d prefer to stay on the couch but still enjoy Mamma’s food, call in and order a takeaway. You’ll need to pop in and pick it up, but as you sink into the couch and enjoy your meal it’ll feel like Mamma’s home-style cooking came from your own kitchen.
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Words: Cath Jenkin