With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we took ourselves as a team to treat ourselves at Mamma Lina’s; an Italian Restaurant just a stone’s throw away from Newport, in Rogerstone. Their menu is full of their own twists on Italian classics, and a large selection of wine, beers and cocktails, which can be sipped alongside your main meal or in their bar on the first floor of the restaurant.
We were greeted by the friendly front of house staff. As soon as you step into Mamma Lina’s, you feel as if you are staying in an Italian family home for dinner, rather than in a restaurant. We were then seated at our table with our drinks and cheesy garlic bread, which if you ask me, is the sort of way to start a good evening.
To start, I had Calamari Fritti, and Alice and Gemma both had Gamberoni all’Aglio. We all found the fish tasted as if it was freshly caught, and the girls loved the white wine and garlic sauce that the tiger prawns were cooked in. The calamari batter was crispy and light; enough to leave a lot of room for the courses I had yet to come.
For the main, Gemma had the Proscuitto e Funghi without the mushrooms, and Alice had Lasagna al Forno. The staff were happy to make the pizza to Gemma’s taste, causing no trouble at all. As for me, I had the Primavera; a pizza topped with mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives and artichokes. As I haven’t eaten meat for years, I have too many times found limited options for me in restaurants. At Mamma Lina’s I found there were plenty of meat-free meals available for all three courses. What’s more, gluten free pasta is available for all pasta dishes, so the restaurant caters to a variety of dietary requirements.
To finish, both Gemma and I had the Tiramisu, and Alice had one of the evening’s specials: baked cheesecake. All the portions were super generous, it’s fair to say I hardly fit in my trousers by the end of the three courses!
We finished the night with some Limoncello, which is how an Italian night should be done. I decided to delve into their signature cocktails and sampled ‘Sophia Loren’; a mojito with a twist; gin instead of rum. As a gin lover, this cocktail was a refreshing take on a classic.
At Mamma Lina’s, you will be surely fed until your stomachs are full of delicious food, while feeling right at home in the friendly, family atmosphere of the restaurant. And as I have several of their signature cocktails left on my shortlist, I’ll just have to go back to tick them off.