Sunday nights are usually when the Chef and I can have our night out. It can sometimes be a challenge because not all restaurants are open on Sundays (hence, his usual night off) so we have to be open to odd/early hours and forfeiting some of our favorites.
This past Sunday we tried Mama LaScola's Italian Kitchen. I must say, another pregnancy perk is that I am allowing myself a few more liberties that I would have when I was not. I cannot eat as much so I figure, why not have something amazing, my portions are usually moderate. Usually.
The space itself was re-purposed from a Hungry I's, and it was nicely redone. They added some classic Tiffany-style chandeliers, which are so warm and inviting and nostalgic. It was well done, but not overly so.
We started out with the "Braised Ball," which is just what is sounds like - a 5oz meatball in delicious marinara and mozzarella - peppers and onions were a nice touch in the sauce. With the olive oil and fantastically warm bread loaf, that could have easily been a full lunch for me.
Next, salad. Mixed greens with grape tomatoes and a light vinaigrette. Gorgonzola comes with it too, but you know unpasteurized cheese is a no-no for me right now. It was delicious sans cheese. Simple and fresh.
Entrees were generous portions - really! Should have split something, but we never do :) It's too fun to order two meals and share. Plus, I adore leftovers and often times think things are better the next day.
For me, Chicken Piccata with veggies and spaghetti marinara. The Piccata sauce was creamy and probably the best I have ever tasted. It was flavorful but not greasy or overly salty. The capers and mushrooms were highlights of the dish for me. The veggies and spaghetti were nice as side dishes. I have enough for two more meals.
For him, the "Sinatra" Spicy Sicilian Pizza featuring "Pepperoni, Italian sausage, mozzarella, mushrooms, hot peppers, and tomato sauce." This pizza truly was grilled, nice thin crust and it was GIANT! Would have easily fed 3-4 people. The stand was an old tomato sauce can. I just loved that.
Our waiter was attentive and friendly. He complimented me on my cowboy boots.
We will most definitely be going back to support this local restaurant. After I am not pregnant, they have great salads and salmon for a lighter fare. But until then, maybe I will try everything on the menu.
Great job Mama LaScola's.