Let me start off by saying that this restaurant will forever be one of my most favorite places to go with friends, family, or even by myself. I have been going to Mama D’s for many years, and will continue my patronage for many reasons.
Firstly, hands down the best Italian food you can get without flying 3000 miles to NYC and taking a cabby into the heart of Little Italy. Hailing from an Italian family from Brooklyn, I never quite filled that void of good home cooked Italian style dinner when I moved out to the west coast 9 years ago, until I found this little gem in Manhattan Beach. When I get home sick, there is only one place that comes to mind that can settle my nerves and set me right again; Mama D's! From the smiling hostesses to the friendly servers, something about this place just feels comfortable, feels like HOME.
Not only is the service top notch, the food is phenomenal. Freshly baked, piping hot foccacia bread on my table before I'm even sitting, and a garlic and oil dipping sauce to die for! Seriously, you HAVE to take some of this stuff home.
So a place this great, the wait must be forever right? Sure, sometimes it takes a minute to get a table in this tiny New York City-side-street kinda place, but while you wait they give you FREE appetizers; as if it were a dinner party! Relax outside and sip on some complimentary water or lemonade while employees pass out and serve all sorts of goodies like fried calamari (my favorite on the east or west coast), mozzarella sticks, and chopped up meatballs!
As a frequent regular to this incredible eatery I can honestly tell you that you will not be disappointed, and it will be hard to leave this place without saying to yourself, WOW!
Two thumbs up, five stars, and a big thank you to Mama D’s and her staff for bringing a little bit of my home from New York back into my life here on the west coast.