Here are more reasons to keep coming back to Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Surprises up ahead at their recently opened Evia branch!
Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
G/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang-Hari, Las Piñas City
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday), and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Block 1 Lot 36, Tropical Avenue corner Tropical Palace, BF International, Las Piñas City
(SPOT.ph) There’s a certain beauty, a certain sense of fulfilment, when you find yourself a home away from home. You enter a place that’s not yours to begin with, yet a familiar warmth envelopes you. Your senses heighten and nostalgia settles in. It’s a space you can call your own, one where you can bask in unfiltered authentic moments. Yes, just like the confines of your own four walls. And for Mama Lou’s patrons, the pilgrimage down the long and winding road is a homecoming of sorts.
It’s hard to believe that Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen has been around for a while now. It opened its doors in 2010 and six years later, the diner still stands unfazed, not weathered down by the newer establishments offering Italian fare. But that’s because each customer is treated with only the utmost sincerity. Their passion for service is unmistakable here. Would you believe that their prices haven't changed much since the restaurant’s launch? For six years, diners have flocked to the restaurant ordering the favorites they know by heart, favorites that have lingered with them for so long. For instance, they do a beautiful version of Truffle Rissotto, which many regulars have grown to love. They haven’t updated their menu because of its strong solid following. But now, Mama Lou’s gives us more reasons to keep coming back with their newest selections.
You’ll find yourself reaching out for a bite at every possible second with the Mushroom Chicharon (P180). This version of chicharon bulaklak bades well for the palate. The alternative has a significantly lesser crunch compared to its sinful sister but the umami is very much the same, if not more evident. The oyster mushrooms used for the dish are grown locally and you can actually see its strands running through each heavenly piece. Now, you have all the reason in the world to munch on a chicharon snack (minus the guilt, of course).
Hearty cherry tomatoes are the star of their Insalata Caprese (P250). Each spoonful brings forth a surge of warmth to the taste buds, filling every nook and cranny with a delectable tartness. Bathed in carabao’s milk kesong puti, basil, and EVOO and balsamic glaze, the fresh plump tomatoes are given extra edge to its natural exquisite flavor.
Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizza
The Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizza (P325/12” and P425/14”) makes a strong case for their renowned thin-crusted pizza selections. Dig in and you’ll come to comprehend how each element complements and joins forces for that beautiful finish.
Italian Sardine Pasta
The eatery’s pasta selections have also expanded with three fresh additions. If you want to stick to the tried and tested tomato sauce formula, the Italian Sardine Pasta (P275) is right up your alley. However, if your palate is more on the adventurous side and you’re looking to try something new in the pasta department, better get a hand on their Gnocchi (P275). The Italian cuisine classic is a rare find in our shores and Mama Lou’s cooks up a mean version. That is soft homemade potato dumplings garnished with blue cheese sauce. Though we must say, hands down, it’s the Vesuvio (P495) that strikes a chord the most. The dish isn’t content with just being snapshot-worthy, it’s riveting in terms of taste too. The creation is a marvel of a pasta: imagine a mountain of rigatoni topped with the holy trinity of sauces—the dazzling trifecta of pomodoro, pesto, and alfredo—in lava-inspired spurts. As if that’s not enough, even more savory revelations abound on the inside.
Take the Cannoli
Do yourself a favor and opt to Take the Cannoli (P200). The legendary line from The Godfather finds itself in the desert options, bereft of Francis Ford Coppola and doused in a luscious chocolate glaze.
Reinvention need not come in scales of grandeur. A revival can come in the form of small amendments here and there with your identity and truest form staying intact. If anything, it’s the authencity that makes people stay. And indeed, Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen has mastered the art of it.
The updated menu is only currently available at Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, G/F Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari, Las Piñas City.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel