It’s all about the sauce. Good Italian food is all about the sauce. The pasta could be cooked perfectly al dente, but without good sauce, you have nothing. Some like red sauce, and some like it white on the creamy side. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen in Newport Beach likes it pink. They mix marinara and white sauce to make an amazing pink sauce that is good on everything they make.
We started things off with their complimentary bread and olive oil. We also ordered the baked clams. Though small, they tasted really fresh and were cooked perfectly. With a squeeze of a lemon, they really were a great starter.
We shared the eggplant Parmesan and fettuccini with pink sauce. The eggplants were really tender and meaty. The hearty lasagna like dish was well prepared and something to consider for eggplant lovers. And for gooey melted cheese lovers, this is for you as well.
My fettuccini with pink sauce was amazing. I had it with mushrooms which were meaty. The pink sauce is what makes this dish what it is. It’s a bit tomatoey, creamy, and garlicy. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Their pink sauce is what I come here for. It is perfect.
Though their food is good, there is something better here than the food. It is their service. I remember my first time here, our server Brandon was amazingly helpful and friendly. They gave us free ravioli to try, just because. It was single-handedly the best ravioli I ever had. The service was the best I have ever seen anywhere in my life. Anyone can give out free bread, but to give free ravioli just for the sake of us trying it is what impressed me.
Also, you cant forget the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the end of your meal. It was a very nice touch.
They surely don’t disappoint. Good food and good service is all I ask for in an Italian restaurant. The inside is very casual and inviting. You can chow on some bread as you wait for a table. The crayon and paper Mama D drawings and non pretentious decor really makes this place down to earth. If you want consistently good food and service, Mama D’s delivers.