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Osteria Mamma | Flavors of Italy

On a busy Saturday evening, we managed to squeeze in a reservation at Osteria Mamma, a cozy Italian restaurant on Melrose Ave., which has been on my foodie bucket list for over 2 years. With positive ratings on Yelp, I had to check out what the hype was about.

Ambiance was lively yet cozy. Dim lighting set the mood for a good vibe evening to enjoy company, to chit chat over a nice glass of Italian wine and of course, over delicious food.

We sat over the bar area which seats about 8 people. I ordered a glass of Italian wine, recommended by the sommelier — Full bodied, 50% Cabernet, 50% Merlot blend that was rich and chocolatey to palate đŸ™‚

The dinner course consisted of 1 insalate, 1 steak dish and 1 pasta dish.

Gamberina – Tiger shrimp romaine lettuce, olives, carrots, Grana Padano cheese and red onions in a aromatic herbs-mustard vinegar dressing. Light and fresh, but I think the salad could have been better. Perhaps it was the haphazard  presentation which made it look like a salad from a cafeteria. In a positive note, I was glad that it was not over-drenched with dressing.

Osteria Mamma Gamberina Salad

Pasta – we ordered Tagliatelle Bolognese with veal, pork, sausage and tomato sauce. It was a hearty amount of pasta with chunks of meat to share.

Osteria Mamma Tagliatelle Bolognese

To accompany the pasta, we ordered Tagliata – grilled and slice premium Angus NY Steak served with arugula and Grana cheese. Initially we ordered our steak “medium” but when it came out, it more resembled a “well-done.” After a simple request to our waiter, we were pleased that the replacement was cooked to perfection.

Osteria Mamma Tagliata

To end a satisfying meal, we ordered 2 flavors of gelato – Pistachio and Chocolate. It reminded me of my travels to Italy, when I indulged myself with gelato everyday. Our waiter, to a pleasant surprise, treated us with 2 glasses of Muscato to end the night. That is what I call a sweet meal!

Osteria Mamma Gelato + Muscato

I would definitely dine at Osteria Mamma, but don’t forget to make early reservations because, this place gets packed.

Osteria Mamma Placemat