Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mama Mia: another perspective.

I had eaten at Mama Mia for dinner before and was very unimpressed (I had gnocchi with red sauce, and it was bland and tasteless). That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by my Happy Hour experience.

I started off with a ginger ale and vodka, which I believe was $5. I just wasn't excited about most of the cocktails, and none of them were on special anyway. Then I ordered two items off of the food menu. Everything on the food menu was $3, and there was enough of a variety to please just about anyone. I ordered the lasagna of the day and the fried zucchini, and I was really impressed with both the size and the flavor of both dishes. The zucchini was freshly made with a light batter and dusted with Parmesan cheese. The lasagna was exactly what lasagna should be--cheesy and meaty with lots of marinara sauce. Eating these two items together made me feel stuffed, and I could definitely see myself making Happy Hour into dinner again in the future. The food here ended up being some of the best that I have had during our Happy Hour adventures this summer.

The bartender was our server, and he was having a rough night. Despite his problems (broken wine bottles, smashed finger), he was still friendly, funny, and attentive. I got the impression that service is generally good here.

The biggest complaint I have about Mama Mia is that Happy Hour is only available in the bar, which is sad for parents who want to get a good value, too! Mama Mia should offer Happy Hour outside or in the restaurant area as well to accommodate people with little ones. I understand not wanting to have babies in bars, but it is not as if Mama Mia is solely a bar. I felt Andina was much more welcoming in this regard--they said that since their bar has a full menu children were welcome during Happy Hour, and they also had outdoor seating that was kid-friendly.

Food: Exceeds
Drink: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds


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