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Feel the Warmth of Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

THERE’S NOTHING MORE COMFORTING THAN OUR CHILDHOOD FAVORITES. At Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, a casual Italian restaurant that traces its roots in BF Homes, we are reminded that the best meals we can have are familiar and homemade.

Their first branch is located at the owner’s ancestral home, which was transformed to become an Italian restaurant. The owners were supposed to move their French cafe to that location, but they decided to go with Italian instead. Their menu still offers a bit of French favorites, though, such as French Onion Soup and Escargot. I heard they also serve a noteworthy Poutine.

While Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen has expanded to the north (thank god, because I’m a northerner through and through), the restaurant maintained its simple, homey charm. The restaurant was also hailed as one of the Best Restaurants of 2014 by Philippine Tatler.

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Every meal starts with a few slices of bread plus marinara and pesto, two signature Italian dips. It sets a good tone for the meal and prepares your taste buds for what’s to come.

Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen - Truffle Mac and Cheese - P285
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – Truffle Mac and Cheese – P285

This dish was actually the reason for my visit, because I’ve been searching for Mac and Cheese that can replace my favorite one from 2nd’s (RIP). From the moment this large (yes, large!) platter of Mac and Cheese arrived at our table, we felt the strong, familiar aroma of truffle oil wafting through the air. Being a sucker for truffle oil and cheese, I ate this by myself, though I’d recommend sharing this with someone else.

Elbow macaroni is a standard for Mac and Cheese
Elbow macaroni is a standard for Mac and Cheese

The ratio of truffle oil to pasta to sauce was superb. Unlike other restaurants where you’d hardly feel the presence of truffle oil, I had no complaints with this one. Perhaps the only thing I can say about it is that I wish they had used a more complex blend of cheeses (it appears they used standard white cheddar and mozzarella for this one). Nevertheless, this is something I’d be happy to have over and over again.

The best part about this? The price. Yes, it’s only P285, that’s not a typo. You get so much pasta, cheese, and truffle oil for such a reasonable price.

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Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – Spaghetti Seafood Olio (P315)

This Spaghetti Seafood Olio came highly recommended by the server.  This was actually my dining companion’s order, and I’m happy to say she was quite pleased with it. The pasta was cooked al dente and the seafood was fresh. The familiar blend of olive oil and garlic also brought together the entire dish.

Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen - Mama Lou's Special (P350)
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – Mama Lou’s Special (P350)

Last on the table was the Mama Lou’s Special pizza. Their pizza is nicely thin and crispy, though the flavors for this one didn’t blend quite right for me. This pizza is topped with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, mango, arugula, and balsamic vinegar.

Each slice came with one thin sliver of mango, which unfortunately drowned out the other flavors. It could have worked well on its own without the tropical fruit trying to blend in with all the other Italian ingredients. Next time, let’s stick to the simple and standard Margherita.

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Overall, my companion and I were quite pleased with our visit. I can’t wait to try their Lasagna, Spinach Ravioli, and Creamy Salmon Linguini. If a restaurant makes you want to come back from the moment you step out, then it must have been a good one. Prices for this restaurant are extremely reasonable, too, which adds to its appeal. After all, Italian food is very simple–there’s no need to lose an arm and leg to eat pizza and pasta.

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen is located at B1 L36 , Tropical Ave. cor Palace St. B.F International Village, 1721 Las Piñas, Rizal, Philippines. Other locations include UP Town Center, Katipunan and Nuvali.

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