Like it's sister restaurant Mother's Bistro, Mama Mia's brings you the food your mom used to make -well, not my mom unless you'd count that jar of Ragú with garlic and mushrooms she'd open once a week, but I digress. The decor is dramatic, in a warm palette with mirrors and curtains that break up and visually expand the space. The food consists of filling Italian dishes, served along with specialty, house-infused drinks and delicious, home-style Italian deserts like tiramisu and canoli. Again, I don't think that carton of Neapolitan ice cream really counts. Sorry Mom.
From the Italian for "Under the Rose" basically meaning whatever said or done while under the influence of wine will remain a secret. SubRosa is a cute little mom & pop Italian joint. Serving simple, flavorful, super-fresh hand-made pasta dishes, pizzas, salads and appetizers at candlelit tables. Daily pasta and pizza specials are listed on the chalkboard. A small but affordable list of wines are available to whet your whistle.
Tucked into the most unlikely of areas, Justa Pasta is a surprise along NW 19th. The airy space is somewhat bare-bones but manages to be quite beautiful. Their emphasis is on fresh. The pasta is fresh made to order, ingredients are often locally/sustainably sourced and everything on their menu is made in their kitchen from scratch; from the delicate, garlicky ravioli to the savory soups to the decadent chocolate cake. It’s always good and best of all, it’s easy on the pocketbook. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!