MAMO Review - A Treat for the palate and the soul

After a hectic week, my husband of many, many years decided he wanted to dine in a romantic restaurant, with a beautiful setting, excellent food, incredible service and in the heart of New York City.

 

Photo Credit: Mamo Restaurant

 

Mamo at 323 West Broadway fit his dream perfectly.  From the moment we walked in, we were welcomed as if we were family.  We were seated upstairs where we felt we were in the middle of a quaint neighborhood in Italy.  In fact, Max, our waiter, is from Tuscany.  Yes, from one of the most beautiful places on earth.  From the moment we sat down, he went over the menu, made incredible suggestions, (photos of our dishes are below), and made sure we had a perfect meal.

 

 

Rice & Cheesee Coquettes - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazine

 

We began with two appetizers we shared.  One was tuna wrapped in fresh peppers decorated by a delicate salad.  The other was rice coquettes stuffed with cheese surrounded by fennel salad.  Both were delicious and different from any appetizers we’ve ever had.  Let’s just say, they disappeared in a minutes’ time.

 

Tuna wrapped in fresh peppers - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazine

 

The main courses were fabulous.  My husband had lamb chops (which he forgot to share with me-or did he just not want to!).  I had my favorite dish of all-time, Chilean sea bass with grilled potatoes marinated in homemade tomato sauce.  When Chilean sea bass is done perfectly, it is the best fish in the world.

 

Chilean Sea Bass - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazine

 

Usually, by the time one finishes 2 appetizers and 2 main courses, there is no room for dessert.  There was no way I was going to miss the homemade desserts MAMO had to offer.  And I am so thrilled I didn’t miss those treats.

 

Lamb Chops - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazine

My husband had lavender cheesecake with fresh strawberries.  Just a touch of lavender gave the cheesecake and out-of-this-world taste.  Before he had a chance to ‘forget to share,’ I took my share of his dessert. 

I ate passion cake topped with white chocolate with white chocolate drizzle.  Let’s say I ‘shared’ my passion with my other half.  It was the only fair thing to do.  The coffee was also delicious.

 

Lavender Cheese Cake - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazine

 

Don’t wait for a special occasion to dine here.  If you want an experience that will delight your palate and transport you to a restaurant in Tuscany, make your reservation at MAMO. 

 

 

Passion Cake with White Chocolate - Photo Credit: Ellen Eichelbaum - Splash Magazine

 

MAMO is bringing a long tradition of Italian hospitality and Provençal charm to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. This outpost of MAMO Le Michelangelo, a 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera, boasts Michelin-starred chef Massimo Sola as executive chef. Massimo is originally from Milan and has been in the culinary industry for 32 years. From 1985, he studied in Liguria at Istituto Migliorini Hotel School.

 

After then working in Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy and Lebanon, Sola opened his restaurant, Ristorante Quattro Mori in Varese, Italy in 1993. This restaurant received a Michelin start in November 2007. Throughout his tenure at the restaurant, he emphasized the use of high quality techniques in a simple manner. 

 

On the heels of the success at Ristorante Quattro Mori, he won Best Chef of the Lombardia region in 2009. Sola then went on to become the Executive Chef at Eataly in Rome in 2012, where he worked for a year and a half. 

 

In 2014, Chef Massimo joined Mike Mammoliti to open the New York outpost of the popular Provencal restaurant, Mamo Le Michelangelo. At MAMO, Sola skillfully prepares the menu passed on from MAMO with his Michelin-starred technique and crafts consistent market specials. 

 

Chef Massimo now lives in New York City. During his free time, he enjoys walking through different neighborhoods, taking pictures and eating at Michelin starred restaurants.

For more information, reservations, and a peek at their fabulous menu, visit:  mamonyc.com

MAMO Is Open For Lunch 7 Days 12:00-3:30pm; Dinner Sun-Thur 5:30-11:00pm, Fri & Sat 5:30-11:30pm

The restaurant is located at 323 West Broadway in NYC.   Direct phone number is 646-964-4641.

 

 

 

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