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“DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mama's Meatball

Mama's Meatball
570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-544-0861
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Ranked #17 of 255 restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nipomo St.
Description: Mama's Meatball is providing Full service CateringWith nineteen years of experience in restaurant business working directly under some of the most talented catering and wedding chefs in Italy, France, England, Florida, and Southern California, Chef Nicola Allegretta fully understands the significance that food plays in the success of your next catering in San Luis Obispo. From preparation to presentation, he takes pride in providing unique dishes that taste as fabulous as they look, to please even the most discriminating palate.
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Why a surprise? I LOVED the Vodka Sauce even though I rarely order tomato-based sauces. You can ask for it on any of the pastas.

Mama is in the back of a courtyard on the right. From the street you would never know it's there.

GOOD
The small rolls are very tasty, so be sure to save stomach room for your meal.

BAD
Restrooms are outside ... on a cold stormy night this is inconvenient

OBSERVATION
The service can be slow - the staff is friendly, so we just enjoyed the opportunity for a long conversation.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Luis Obispo, California
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Excellent food, but a little on the noisy side (not much to absorb the sound). My favorite is the chicken lasagne - to die for!!!

Visited February 2012
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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Mama's Very Happy at Mama's Meatball”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

My husband and I were famished after sightseeing all day at Hearst Castle and driving back to Santa Barbara area we could not wait to find a good restaurant. I searched Trip Advisor on my phone and found Mama's Meatball in San Luis Obispo. We didn't have reservations, but when we arrived, we were greeted and told it would be a few minutes to be seated. We were also advised that there were issues with their credit card machine and could only take cash that evening. Not a problem. The restaurant is small and the kitchen can be viewed from the dining area as the pick up window is near the front of the restaurant. It was bustling and full that evening, but a couple of large parties left after we entered.

After being seated and given the menu, we had a difficult time deciding because the menu was fairly extensive. We also had trouble reading the menu and had to use the lights on our cellphones to read the small print in the candlelit restaurant. Still, no huge problem.

My husband finally decided on the Eggplant Parmigiani, one of his favorite Italian meals. And I was torn between the Gnocchi di Zucca, (pumpkin gnocchi) and a salmon dish. When our lovely waitress mentioned that I could add chicken or another protein to the gnocchi, I went with the pumpkin gnocchi with chicken. A basket-full of mini-garlic rolls arrived and we dug in. They were warm and fresh and just right on the garlic and herbs. Our dinners arrived not too long after and looked and smelled divine. The pumpkin gnocchi was excellent -- with a delicate sauce and the pumpkin not overwhelming. Just perfect! The added chicken was good -- grilled a little dry, but the delicious sauce helped. I tasted my husband's eggplant parmesan and fell in love with that dish too. We were both very impressed and pleased with Mama's Meatball and wish we had a wonderful Italian place like it in our neighborhood. I could hear diners at a nearby table mention that they come there often and love everything they have tried.

We turned down dessert because we were still relishing our dinners and didn't want anything sweet after that. But it was mentioned that my birthday had been celebrated with our trip to California and our sweet waitress set us up with a huge slice of cheesecake with strawberries. How could we resist? It was wonderful and very kind of her to surprise me and we appreciated the gesture and the cheesecake.

I would not hesitate to recommend Mama's Meatball and hope we can return when we are in the area. the food and the great wait staff there made this Mama very happy!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HUNTINGTON BEACH
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A Lovely Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We visited here this past weekend mostly based on Trip Advisor reviews and it is close to where we stayed. We were not disappointed. While I had read that it would be a good idea to make a reservation, we were gone all day and arrived at 6:30pm on a Sunday night with no reservation, and we could not see a vacant table in the place! There is a nice ambiance we could feel as we noticed flickering candles on the tables and soft lighting. We were met at the door by Stephanie, who would be our server. She asked if we had a reservation and when we replied in the negative, she was very positive about fitting us in. I was prepared to be told it would be a 45-minute wait, but in a few minutes we were sitting at our own table quite content. Once we were seated, she was right there to see if she could get us something to drink, and suggested a wine we might like. Both my sister and I had their roasted beet salad which was as good as we had hoped it would be, and both had pasta dishes that we enjoyed.

A nice thing about their menu is that each dish is offered in a small or regular size. We both chose small of each dish ordered and had plenty to eat. I think you could also try additional dishes with such a menu. The service was exemplary in this busy, little place and we hope to try other things on their menu when we return to the area (this time with a reservation!)

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great hidden Italian gem”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

We stumbled into this place and had a wonderful dinner. Its on the main street of SLO, but a block or 2 past the other places. Its in a semi courtyard....

For dinner we had wonderful calamari, nice Pizza Margarita, and some nice Perroni on tap.

I think for the money its perhaps even worth a 4. It was reasonably priced.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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