Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mama Theresa's Italian II, New Windsor, NY

A friend of ours recommended Mama Theresa's in New Windsor a while ago and we decided to pop in for a visit since Teresa had eggplant parmesan on her mind. 

The restaurant is in the Kmart Plaza on Rt 300 and from the outside it looks like a typical takeout pizzeria. Inside it looks the same, but as you look down there are tables along the walls and further back, past the restroom and the waitress station, is a small dining room which looks to seat about 40 people, tops. That's where we sat. The decor is nothing special. Tasteful, clean, not gaudy but a bit long in the tooth. Nothing a coat of paint and some touch-ups wouldn't cure. 

Nicole, our waitress was attentive and very friendly. So too were the people in front who directed us to the back. They more than make up for that slight lack of ambiance with friendly and attentive service. We were given water, some nice garlic knots with a marinara sauce, and menus.

I finally decided on the Lobster ravioli in a crab cream sauce shown above at $20. It was quite good, the portion was just right and the seafood tasted fresh. It also came with a large side salad. 

After we were done we asked the waitress if the restaurant was connected to the Mama Theresa's Deli down the road and she said that it was the same owners and that the ravioli was made fresh in the deli, as are most of the foods featured. 

Teresa chose the Eggplant rollotini shown above at $14. I tasted it and it was very good with an ample amount of ricotta cheese, a sauce with a nice balance between sweet and acid and eggplant sliced and cooked perfectly. It came with a large bowl of pasta with the same sauce and a salad. The portion was large enough that half of it came home with us for a late snack.

So, the bottom line? Very good food at reasonable prices and excellent service. It is well worth a try and I would place them as better than most small Italian places I've been to, especially in the New Windsor area. 

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