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Day 134: Mamma Mia that's some good Italian food!

Mamma Lucia Bethesda on Elm St

Mamma Lucia has been serving Bethesda good old fashioned Italian food since 2001 at 4916 Elm Street.  Known for  great pizza with hand-tossed, New York Style crust and generous portions of cheese and other toppings, Mamma Lucia is popular for lunch by-the-slice or dinner for the whole pie!  Of course, they offer so much more than simply good pizza.  Like any good, full-service down home Italian restaurant, they offer a complete menu of pasta dishes of all kinds, chicken, veal, seafood, insalatas and more, plus full catering for 20-200 and carry out menus too.

Compared to other Bethesda-area restaurants, Mamma Lucia is quite reasonably priced and offers a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere.  This is not to suggest that it’s a kid’s hangout.  There is a well equipped bar to serve the adults too!  The Italian cuisine is offered in abundantly-sized portions so plan on taking home a doggy bag or at the very least, wear loose pants!

It’s often easier and quicker to get a table at Mamma Lucia than other area restaurants – perhaps because much of their business is of the take-out variety and they have a large number of tables – both indoors and outside.  The staff is typically very friendly which makes for a nice experience overall.  Come casual and relax as you enjoy your meal.

Owners Bruno and Jimmy call themselves “Mamma’s Boys” and can often be found at any of their 9 Mamma Lucia locations making sure that everything is done the way “Mamma” would want it!  You can see their complete menu at the Mamma Lucia website.  Don’t miss “Pasta Night” on Mondays from 5 PM – 10 PM.  When you buy one entree you get another for only $3.99 – dine in or carry out.  Tuesdays they offer “Pizza Night” from 3 PM – 10 PM – CARRY OUT ONLY.  When you buy one pizza you get another for $2.99.  My pick is often the white pizza!  But what else would you expect from a self-professed cheese-a-holic?         ~Amy 

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