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Review: Mama Rosa's


North Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1EF, United Kingdom

Mama Mia

  • By SilverTraveller brimax

    38 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Oct 2013
  • Italian
  • Casual
  • Leighton Buzzard

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Following my review of an "Italian" restaurant in Lincolnshire, it was time I would give my local Italian a try. Mama Mia, I'd missed a trick here. I always seem to equate Italian restaurants with the "chains" that are in nearly every town centre, where you know what you're going to get and it probably tastes the same in every place. I'm not the bravest of diners as I am very wary of spending vast amounts of money on an inferior experience plus I'm not that fond of Italian food (I can't abide pasta, for instance, despite my Italian ancestry), so when Mama Rosa's was recommended to me it was with some trepidation that I agreed to go. My companion, after all, was Italian and I followed the maxim that I use abroad – "If the locals eat there!!!". Actually, it has just dawned on me that out of my last few restaurant experiences, the best have both been Italian – it must be in the genes. Anyway, this small and intimate restaurant is just off the High Street in North Street, Leighton Buzzard. Blink at the wrong moment and you would walk past it. Inside the walls are plain white with occasional pictures in an Italian style, there was also a football shirt framed on one wall (as seen in every Italian venue). When we arrived (7.30pm) it was already quite busy and nearly full, good job we had booked, this is always a good sign. We were warmly greeted and shown to our table by the pleasant and friendly young Italian waiter, who took our drinks orders (£4.75 for a small glass of rose, £3.50 for a small beer, there was a choice of about 20 different bottles of wine ranging from £10.95 for house to £49.95 for an Amarone, we chose a bottle of Pinot Grigio rose at £15.95) and gave us time to peruse the menu. Appetisers were available and starters ranged from £4.95 for soup to an average price of around £6+. I again chose the Antipasto Italiano (£7.95) which made the dish I had in Lincolnshire quite insignificant. Whilst waiting for our food, I discovered that the restaurant is owned by Franco, who is also the chef, who was born in Italy and has named his restaurant after his mother (I presume her name is Rosa). He has a strict NO MICROWAVE policy, and states that every dish is freshly prepared from the moment you order it using daily fresh ingredients. It certainly tastes like it. Main courses range from £11.95 (chicken Farcito) to £21.95 ( fillet steak medallions), there is a range of pasta dishes ranging from £7.00 to £10.50 or you could always have a pizza – £7.25 to £9.50. I chose one of the specials – A chicken dish at £12.95. For dessert I chose home made Tiramisu which was absolutely wonderful. I've eaten cheaper Italian food but I've never eaten better, not even in Italy. I cannot fault this truly Italian restaurant.

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  • Vicky11
    almost 8 years ago
    Sounds like they serves good tasty Italian food at a reasonable price.Brilliant.