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“Great Italian”
Review of Mama Cucina

Mama Cucina
Ranked #2 of 166 Restaurants in Glen Allen
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
GLEN ALLEN
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Italian”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The food is always fresh, hot, and great! Fish dishes are always made with the freshest fish you can imagine. The ambience is not what you go for but the food is!!!

  • Visited September 2012
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food, large servings”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

New owners with same staff and food as good as always. Same menu with some new specials. One of the specials was lamb shanks....oh so good. We split the soup for appetizer, each bowl larger than you get at most other places. Also had the fish special. It was perfectly cooked. New owners are updating the decor which is needed.

  • Visited October 2012
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San Jose
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Worth the Effort”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Mama Cucina wasn't really near our hotel, but since I wanted Italian and the reviews were so good, we decided to make the drive (only about 15 minutes). It was worth it.

We were greeted by the very friendly owner and promptly shown to a table. The server arrived quickly with water and was helpful in advising about the menu and some unique items. My wife ordered an appetizer for her dinner and I ordered the fish special of the day. Both of us were served the very fresh and crisp salad and the yummy home baked bread.

Our dishes were served at just the right time, salad was completed and a few, but not too many minutes, to relax between courses. Her dish was prawns with prosciutto and mozzarella in a butter-lemon sauce. The cheese was melted just right and the prosciutto added saltiness and texture. My dish was grouper with prawns and asparagus served with a side of pasta. The fish was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender. It is so easy to overcook fish and they did it just right.

Service throughout the meal was prompt but not overly invasive. Overall, a very nice meal!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Halems
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Why?”
Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

The great Italian food debate pervades Richmond, I get it...but this place is not good. If you know good Italian, you know that water, ketchup and garlic does not sauce make. I guess everyone has different tastes. Sauce like soup, bread like a salt lick, atmosphere like a back alley. Still, others seem to love the bland and uninspired execution of what sounds like a great menu. The portions are amazing and the staff is attentive. Location is great too but just disappointing. Good price for amount of food.

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Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Not sure why it has a good following. The menu sounds great but the chef believes Italian food is simply ketchup, oil, and garlic. Poor execution all around. Had a few dishes now and it never gets better. If you are used to Italian food from places like Philly and NY, or from people that are from Italy, I would avoid. Portions are huge for the value though. Bread and even dipping oil were bad....didn't think you could mess either up. If your last name ends in a vowel, go elsewhere.

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1 Thank DomCo23
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