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“The original, tried and tested”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mama Roma

Mama Roma
Ranked #2 of 18 Restaurants in Newlands
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The original, tried and tested”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

I have been to Mama Roma several times over the years, and it continues to maintain an excellent standard. The latest visit, lunch with an old friend, was a wonderful experience. My sole was perfectly done - my companion had the veal (he always has it) - and the Tokara Sauvignon Blanc was a perfect complement. And that kept flowing... The waitron was brilliant. Straightforward Italian cooking, the way Mama has always made it. Disregard the fact it is in a small mall, you're not there for the view.

  • Visited March 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bath, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“In a Shopping Mall, but quite good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

Newlands is an upmarket residential suburb of Cape Town and Mama Roma is in a small shopping mall with easy underground parking.The restaurant is conventional and the staff, on a Friday night appeared tired but despite a negative first impression the menu and food were good and the meal turned out to be most enjoyable. We both had Veal Marsala followed by Tiramasu and coffee.Merlot accompanied the main course. The staff also more lively as the evening progressed.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank elliven_9
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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208 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“best italian in cape town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

Often in cape town , italian tend to modify their cuisine , into south african taste , i mean no taste.
mama roma still have this italian simplicity and taste.Nice menu, well furnish . suggestion are well explain , service was very efficient , other have veal all limone and all says food was good . Vegis , carrot and spinash were a little to much on the table and not much taste.
I had the osso buco , was plenty and very nice and tender .
unfortunately no italian wines in the menu .

  • Visited February 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Old fashioned excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

This long-established haunt of the locals is indeed old fashioned in virtually every respect, including the slightly 80s theme of the restaurant and the traditional but extremely extensive menu, the dated presentation on the plate and the straightforward,healthy (large) helpings of food. But this is absolutely classic Italian fare in every sense, that is deeply satisfying and comforting and mostly authentic. The chef knows his stuff. Your appetite and tastes will be commensurately rewarded. Great steaks - up there with the best in Cape Town, and only as an Italian maestro can make them. Can also highly recommend the chicken a la king (a usually bland English (yuk) dish converted into something more supreme by the Italian touch). I am not a local, but I travel from far to this eatery often as it is consistent, and if my family is hungry and demanding at the same time, this is the place to go.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank jorro1
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Barcelona, Spain
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“leave it to the locals........”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

we've been to this restaurant severals times with friendsand while the friends love it we always found it disappointing. A visit this week confirmed our misgivings - to start with, it's in a local shopping mall which doesn't provide much atmosphere. The lunchtime patrons are made up of traveling salesmen and local business men most of whom are out of shape. They'd be better spending an hour in the gym rather than eating at this place. The food is not great - at lunch time is was downright ordinary. Well, to be honest, the fish was off. It had that slight tinge of ammonia which is a dead give away. We complained but obviously the chef didn't agree because we still got charged. It is all reasonably priced so paying for something you didn't like isn't a big deal.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank pat m
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