Here in the South, one of the highly recommended places to eat is Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen. The mother branch, or first branch, is right smack inside BF Homes Paranaque although the place itself is a part of Las Pinas City. Am I confusing you already? Well it is because BF Homes borders a couple of cities, three in fact. There is Paranaque, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa. It confuses a lot of people, so just Google Map or Waze it, or there are branches around the Metro now that you can visit.
Anyhow, Mama Lou’s is a family-owned business, established by a couple, Richard and Malou Tremblay. They offer Italian comfort food since 2010 and has been growing ever since, branching out to Evia Lifestyle Center, Solenad Santa Rosa, Ayala North Exchange Makati. They offer quite a variety of Italian fare that to tell the truth I have yet to try.
Let me go over some of the dishes I have no regrets eating and would love to eat all over again.
Once you make your order at Mama Lou’s, they automatically serve you cucumber water, and their signature bread and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. I think this tradition of serving bread before the main meal came about, so our mouths does not water and end up drooling in front of each other…hahaha, I didn’t do a research on this, but what do you guys think?
Anyway, going back to food, I ordered Salpicao with Mashed Potatoes. It was good, the tenderloin meat was cooked to perfection and had this slight saltiness that goes well with the potato and steamed veggies. I liked it a lot.
Next on my list is the Versuvio, which looked amazing by the way. The rigatoni pasta with the cheese stuffing and the Italian meatball in the middle was an explosion of flavors. Each bite and layers, including the lava of melted mozzarella, marinara and olive oil on top, was like a volcano of wonderfulness. A must try.
We also tried their Rollo di Pollo, which was pleasing to the eye at first glance. The breaded chicken was chrispy on the outside. The mozzarella and the pesto and red sauce was what made this dish outstanding. Another house special to try.
Another pasta, I have tried, is the Vongole Olio. It is a very light and simple dish made of sauteed clams. Very Italian.
Their pizzas are also one of the best in the area. It is served with extra basil and alfalfa sprouts. I have tried the Spinach & Goat Cheese, Quatro Formaggi, Mama Lou’s Special and Pizza Margherita, which leaves me about another half dozen pizzas to try.
Now, about the ambience, since the place is an old house converted into a restaurant, it exudes in me a cosy hominess feel. There are tables inside with airconditioning and al fresco dining outside with air cooler fans. The staff are okay, and they set up the table and serve the beverage and dishes on que. Also, I remember one time, the owner went around greeting customers and asking about the food and service. He was nice.
Mama Lou’s is the place to be if you are craving Italian dishes. The quality of food is top notch, authentic, hefty and value for money. It is an eatery, I would not hesitate recommending to anyone. My no regrets, eating place.