Well, this will be a review. For starters, we read a lot of stuff about good service and friendly staff of Mammamia Ristorante Italiano. The pizza’s offered, would be the best pizza’s. Restaurant Mammamia must be one of the best places in Mindelo.
To be honest, Mammamia Ristorante Italiano was not really high on our list yet to test. Mostly these “promising” places, are the least interesting places to test and review. But today we decided to go for it and because of the lack of priority, our expectations weren’t that high as well. Even with all the beautiful stories we read before.
Mammamia Ristorante Mindelo is located in the harbour area of Marina Mindelo. Our experience is that places in this area are 99,99% concentrated on sailors with a good wallet and Mammamia seemed to be one of them. When approaching the restaurant you see a big and nice glass building. The restaurant is spacious but offers just a few chairs. It is obvious what kind of impression they want to create; a bit playful but trendy. But when looking closer at the details, it looks rather cheap. We must say that a minimalistic design with only 3 filled tables does not help as well. Well, if the food is that good, than the design will only be only a small detail we will soon forget.
Unfortunately we immediately got the feeling that we did not meet the the description of a rich sailor and therefore from second one did not receive one smile or normal phrase. We read stuff about friendly personnel of Mammamia Ristorante Italiano. Well, they must have a nice dog which played with their children, because the personnel is either deaf or they were having a silence shift. The funny part was is that they obviously try to meet a Western level. They respond fast, they serve the dishes like it should be. They pour the wine with one hand and the other on the back. Well , you get the image. You got to give them credits for trying right?
So now the food.We ordered two standard dished; Lasagne and a Pizza. The Lasagne was nicely decorated, but dry, overfilled with cheese and lacked taste. The Pizza lacked character as well, was draining in fat and therefore also a great disappointment. There we were…looking at each other with surprised faces. Are we in the wrong place? Is this truely Mamamia Ristorante Italiano?
One positive aspect was the price. A normal dish like a Pizza or Lasagna costs around +- 7 euro and a more extensive dish around +-12 euro. Therefore, the prices of Mammamia Ristorante Italiano are quite good. The wines are a little bit more expense, but the wines displayed though, were excellent choices. It was clear that the one responsible for the wines knows what he or she is doing. This raises the feeling that the idea of the restaurant is clear, but that it lacks in the daily practice. Well, at least tonight.
All together we would never go back to this place. Mammamia Ristorante Italiano offers Free Wifi. So if the staff does not talk to you, you can go online on Facebook to chat with your friends Our advice: there are better places to eat pizza. If you dare to leave the boat and marina, go to the city center and eat some good food with friendly staff.
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