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Feb 16, 2008 07:58 AM

Mamma Maria - Great

Had an excellent celebratory dinner with my gf at Mamma Maria last night. Great service, and certainly the romantic atmosphere I was looking for. Onto some specifics:

Beef Tartare (a special last night) - Really delicious high quality beef, mixed with mushrooms, truffle oil and topped with truffle slices. Smallish portion, but very rich so it was surprisingly fulfilling.

Mozzarella and Ricotta - We both really loved the ricotta, and while a bit less impressed, also very much enjoyed the mozz. Was especially good coupled with some of the pesto sauce that they brought out with the bread. Pretty sizable serving of both cheeses too.

Mushroom Ravioli - Noted as a house specialty on the menu, and for good reason. Really earthy and rich, with an elegant presentation as well. Could have maybe used a bit more salt though.

Rabbit Pappardelle - I had a tough time choosing between this and the Osso Bucco, both also highlighted as house specialties. But I was certainly very happy with my selection. The red wine sauce was really excellent, and I was happy to find a good portion of rabbit, much of which was hiding under the pasta.

Very nice Pinot Grigio, though the name of it escapes me. No room for dessert, though the pear tart did look enticing.

Certainly not cheap ($160 with tax and tip), but we both thought that the experience was well worth the price, and was one of the best dinners we've had in the city.

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  1. Good to read your report and to hear you had such a nice time. Mama Maria does not get very many positive reports here. I don't know why. But you made it seem as if some of us are missing out by not trying it at least once. Thank you!

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    1. re: Gio

      I've been constantly unhappy with this place. Too much money for the very safe & uninspired cooking. Service is spotty for a restaurant that charges that kind of money. Might work for tourists or suburbanites that don't dine in town often.

      1. re: joebelt

        That said, this long-time North Ender who eats out about 300 days a year likes Mamma Maria's quite a bit. Agree that service can be spotty on nights they're packed. Agree that it can be pricey. But disagree that the food is safe and uninspired.

        But, to each his or her own.

        For instance, I find Piccolo Nido to be average at the very best, and you like it. Just our personal tastes.

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          Understand that what I like most about Piccolo Nido is the relaxed atmosphere, the good service and the attention to detail. The food is not outsanding but it's very good. You don't feel like it's a factory and that they you need to clear your table in 60 minutes tops. Mamma Maria makes too many reservations for the same table in one night (what do they shoot for? 4 servings per night?) That's unacceptable for the premium they charge!!!

    2. I also agree that Mamma Maria is great. i really think it's one of the best in the North End. I had my birthday dinner there last year and loved the food! I would highly recommend it!

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      1. re: NiKoLe1625

        I started a thread here a couple of weeks ago, praising Mama Maria as one of the best meals we've had in Boston in a very long time. You are definitely missing out by not trying it. PS _ try the Osso Bucco. It is the best I have ever had.