Home-cooked meals will always be one of the best meals that can easily captivate one’s hungry tummy. And we never thought Italian food can be as comforting as it is in Mama Lou’s. This famous restaurant from the South has finally made its way to the opposite side of the Metro. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing with you our recent Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig EATSperience. Join us as we talk about Mama Lou’s heirloom recipes that captivated not just our hungry tummies but also our hearts. Enjoy!
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen!
Located on the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls the 3oth, Mama Lou’s looks like a house turned into a restaurant. From the interior to the furniture, the place gives diners a very homey ambiance. The staff welcomed us with all smiles as they recommend both new and familiar dishes that immediately caught the attention of our grumbling tummies.
Italian comfort food feast!
These aromatic and colorful dishes made its way to our table. We started our feast with hearty and comforting soups, then we had a taste of their fresh salad, followed by their creamy risottos, flavorful pastas, cheesy pizza, and sumptuous roasted chicken and steak. It was indeed a feast that is quite affordable given the amount of serving in each dish. The dishes here at Mama Lou’s ranges from P160-P695.
Among the 2 hearty bowls of soup, our favorite was the Clam Chowder. The seafood flavor was really strong and it blended well with the cream. Creamy and smooth textures in every spoonful of this comforting soup.
A symphony of sweet and tangy flavors from the different components of this salad. A well-balanced dish that is both light and refreshing.
It tasted as good as how it looked. Both risottos were creamy and perfectly cooked. The Buttered Risotto had a good balance of sweet and salty flavors which we, including our baby, really enjoyed. The Risotto al Nero, had a rich squid ink flavor that made it really tasty.
All three were superbly delicious! Each kind can cater to different types of diners. In our case, Mr. Eats loved the Arrabbiata, he liked the spice and the kick it gave him. That he kept scooping for more filled his tummy with a lot of this. As for me, Mrs. Eats, I loved the Italian Sardine Pasta. I loved its simplicity and how evident the flavors were in every bite. The Truffle Cream Mushroom Pasta was really good as well. It had a very earthy flavor and the aroma was very inviting.
Their Garlic and Cheese Pizza was huge, really perfect for sharing. Since their pizza is thin, it can be rolled. And alfalfa sprouts and arugula are perfect fillings to have that freshness and crunch in every bite.
Mama Lou’s also has dishes that can cater to rice-eaters. The huge roasted Chicken Fra Diavalo was juicy and it had a manageable spicy kick from the chili. For only 695 pesos, the Marbled Ribeye Steak was so worth it! It was cooked beautifully. The melt-in-your-mouth ribeye was perfectly complemented by its rich gravy.
It was indeed a pleasurable EATSperience having been able to try the well-executed dishes here in Mama Lou’s. From the homey ambiance to the comforting food, and amazing hospitality, it really felt like we were home. Thanks to the late Mama Lou and her family for sharing their wonderful home-cooked Italian comfort food to everyone! We will definitely be back not just to EATSperience other amazing dishes but also to appreciate all the love that was put by Mama Lou’s and her family in all their recipes. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations! Until next time!
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Second Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
+632 720 8519
11:00am to 9:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Budget: 800-1000 php for two