Thursday, March 17, 2011

Restaurant Review: Mama Nina Foccacheria

Name: Mama Nina Foccacheria
Location: 546 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018-5858
(610) 867-9802
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday- Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Atmosphere: Mama Nina’s is a tiny restaurant located on the North side of Bethlehem. The restaurant offers outdoor eating right on the sidewalk for nice Spring and Summer nights, and offers cozy and somewhat cramped dining indoors. The sidewalk is covered in black wrought-iron chairs and tables and is dotted with large pots of greenery and flowers. Inside, tables are squeezed in at every angle and booths outline the walls. Murals cover the ceilings and Italian décor is utilized throughout the place. Overall, Mama Nina is quaint and cozy and the perfect atmosphere for a hearty Italian meal.

Score- 4

Service: The restaurant does not honor reservations so on the weekends, be prepared for a wait. Mama Nina’ is BYOB, although each guest above 21 years old receives a free glass of wine. Once you do get a table however, the service is fairly quick and your food will be in front of you in no time. The owners, Nino and Mama Nina are very accommodating and stop by tables often to see how your meal is. I wouldn’t suggest bringing a large group to Mama Nina because the restaurant just isn’t built for bigger parties. The large crowds during the weekend make this place very loud and not the best place for a romantic date or a business dinner. I suggest coming during the week for those types of occasions and coming with a few friends on the weekend.


Food: If you hadn’t figured it out yet, Mama Nina is a traditional Italian restaurant offering a huge selection of dishes. Salads include Fresh Mozzarella salad, Mama Nina’s salad, Antipasto, Boccocinni salad and Caesar salad. Pasta dishes range from classics like Spaghetti with meatballs, Baked Ziti and Penne Alla Vodka to Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmesan over pasta and Chicken Fantasy. The menu goes on to offer seafood dishes, hot heroes, cold subs, Philly steaks, stuffed rolls and slices and gourmet personal pizzas. Before placing your order, the waiter will bring a plate of garlic-saturated rolls. These things are addicting but you are sure to clear out any room after eating just one! I chose the Chicken Parmesan served over spaghetti. The plate came to the table and I was immediately overwhelmed with its size; however, I was able to finish both massive chicken breasts. This dish was outstanding and, even though I ate enough for three days, it was worth it.

Score- 5

Pricing: Mama Nina’s is very decently priced. Entrees do not exceed $12 and can cost as low as $6. All of the portions at this restaurant are huge so you are definitely getting more than enough for your money. For one Penne Alla Vodka and one Chicken Parmesan, our bill rang in at around $20.

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