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Published December 15th 2013
Italian Cuisine in the Moreton Bay Region
I enjoy Italian cuisine, but it isn't often that I get to indulge in the rich saucy pasta meals that I so adore. In recent weeks, with my anniversary quickly approaching, I took the opportunity to carry out a quick Google search of authentic Italian restaurants within reasonable distance of my local area. Of the few that I came across, Mamma's Italian Restaurant, located on Oxley Avenue, Margate, stood out as a winner.
The website drew my attention with photos of lovely antique-style Grecian/Italian décor, large dining rooms and a delicious menu. The simple descriptions and segments giving background on the restaurant were friendly and inviting. It didn't take much to convince my other half that this was the place where we would dine together to celebrate our anniversary.
Mamma's Italian Restaurant is located at 265 Oxley Avenue, Margate; at the Duffield Road-Oxley Avenue T-intersection, cornered by Cox Street. It is positioned amongst a long stretch of shopping and food outlets so can be difficult to spot unless you know what you're looking for. My advice: look for the big sign of the homely woman wearing a chef's hat, holding pasta, and use your GPS if you're unfamiliar with the region.
The night of our anniversary was upon us, and my partner and I were excited to be dining somewhere completely new to us. We both have the same expectations regarding night-time dining experiences, and we brought our expectations along to Mamma's Italian Restaurant. Neither of us left disappointed. Mamma's Italian Restaurant projects a warm informal atmosphere; family groups dining and laughing, chatter from patrons, smiles all round. The staff are friendly, helpful, professional and prompt. Danny and Maria (the owners) were approachable and unreserved, more than happy to allow me to photograph their restaurant and our food for the night. The food was absolutely delicious.
Dish 1: Spaghetti Bolognese in Beef Tomato Sauce – Entrée. This starter was saucy and filling. The meat was soft and fully coated in rich tomato sauce that was also strong with onion and herbs. The pasta was al dente—flowing perfectly through both meat and sauce. This hearty first meal could definitely prove messy if the diner isn't careful, but was a great beginning to a great three-course meal.
Dish 2: Garlic Prawns (6 per serve) with Olive Oil, Garlic and Herbs – Appetiser. This starter included couscous and a slice of lemon for added taste—this dish certainly didn't need any extra taste. This dish was garlic, garlic, garlic—and it was good. The prawns were fresh and tender, absolutely the way they should be. This appetiser smelt and tasted of delectable garlic; a perfect choice for anyone who loves this strong taste.
Dish 3: Reef Fillet (with salad): Snapper Fillet with Cream Cheese Sauce – Main. Soft, creamy and fresh is how I would describe this main meal. The snapper was delicate enough to fall to pieces on the fork; the sauce was smooth, rich and tasty—cream cheese with herbs; the salad was crisp and presentable, adding diverse texture to the meal. This main dish was flavoursome, satisfying and mouth-watering.
Dish 4: Reef Fillet Piccante (with salad): Snapper Fillet with Onion, Tomato, Mushrooms, and Chilli Sauce – Main.
Although similar in name to dish 3, this dish is completely different in looks and taste. The snapper was soft and fresh, but the sauce accompanying this fish was hot and spicy—a mix of flavours to burst in the mouth. The salad was crispy and presentable, mirroring the salad in dish 3. This dish is for those who like it hot.
Dish 5: Chocolate Mousse – Dessert. Mamma's Italian Restaurant serve three homemade desserts: Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. The mousse is described in the restaurant's dessert menu as "a delicious blend of real chocolate and fresh cream" – it truly is delicious. This dessert is rich, fluffy, soft and creamy—just like chocolate mousse should be—and tastes of heavenly chocolate.
Dish 6: Baci – Dessert. From the dessert menu: "the Baci taste is a traditional chocolate and hazelnut gelato swirl combination topped with a whole hazelnut and all covered with a dark chocolate; the perfect Italian 'kiss'." This dish was a bit like ice cream on a stick, but without the stick part; smooth and creamy ice cream/gelato encased in a layer of chocolate—delicious.
One of the two dining areas at Mamma's Italian Restaurant. This dining room is generally reserved for events and functions.
So if you like tasty Italian cuisine, gorgeous Grecian/Italian décor and restaurants with great atmosphere—or all three, give Mamma's Italian Restaurant a try. You can dine in or take-away for lunch or dinner, and there's plenty of options on the menu.
Lunch: 11am-2pm – Wednesdays to Sundays
Dinner: 5pm until late – 7 days (excluding public holidays)
Phone: (07) 3284 4512
Check out the Mamma's Italian Restaurant website HERE