It had been a while since I had visited this place. There used to be a Vietnamese place right next door which we visited frequently, my sister ended up working there, and they actually named their youngest daughter after my sister. THATS how many times we would eat there. That's where I first tried Vietnamese coffee too. So when it came down to it, Vietnamese would always win over Italian. Nevertheless, I only remember good things about Mamma Barone.
Its a small restaurant, but it's very cosy and warm. The staff were friendly and very prompt in getting us settled with a couple of menus. Since we hadn't seen this particular friend for probably well over 10 years, we knew that we were in for alot of catching up. We got so caught up with exchanging .. "Oh my goodness!! It's been way too long.." we figure that we should get all the ordering out of the way before we exchange stories from the last 10 or so years of our lives. Pouring over the menu, we opt to order a couple of dishes and share.
Herb Crust - $7
Tortellini Boscaiola - $14.80
Large Capricciosa Pizza - $17.50
There was alot of desserts to choose from! Initially, because we were so full, we were going to share one between 3. But I piped in and said that I could actually finish one by myself because it's not that big anyway. So we ended up getting one each and sharing.They have a gelato menu, everything $7! They looked all so yummy! I had to go with a favourite.
Bacio Gelato - $7
Chocolate hazelnut flavoured icecream encased with a vanilla bean icecream is just and genius end to an Italian meal.
Choc Mint Gelato - $7
Mint flavoured icecream with chocolate bits all up in there! Refreshing!
An old favourite. It's exactly what sticky date pudding is supposed to be. It's a beautifully heart warming winter dessert. For me it conjures up so many childhood memories of eating Sara Lee Sticky date pudding after dinner. YUM!
Just a warning, it can get quite busy and noisy. Sometimes I felt like I was yelling to the person sitting across from me. I guess, if you like your privacy, it probably wouldn't be your first choice. But if your not fussed about that, then you should at least stay and have a coffee and dessert.