The new Mamma Melina, occupying the south end of the Corydon Apartments near University Village, has more in common with the Varchetta's stylish Barolo downtown.
On a summer day you'd think it was Rodeo Drive and not the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs alongside the broad front patio. Amid shallow pools holding silver globes that glint in the sun, beautiful people in oversized sunglasses sip wine on thickly cushioned sofas or sup on house-made pasta under canvas umbrellas at white-clothed tables.Price points are moderate and the cooking is assured.
Pasta e Fagioli
Traditional tuscan bean and pasta soup
Calamari alla Plancia
Marinated, grilled Monterey calamari, roasted plum tomatoes, house made chili oil
Ladyfingers soaked in espresso, Kahlua, amaretto and layered with mascarpone cheese
Came to Mamma Melinas for restaurant week. Every course wa delicious!
Our waitress Heather was great! I also really appreciate the complimentary focaccia bread - many places charge for that now!
Started with the beet salad to start. Cannot beat the delicious pasta Bolognese sauce. We also had a favorite steelhead with roasted potatoes and grilled prawns. The wine list features a Super Tuscan red that is a delicious favorite. We will be back!
We enjoyed a fresh and delicious entree of seafood ravioli cooked to perfection. We capped our dinner off with a slice of fantastic olive oil cake served with rich pistachio ice cream. We're looking forward to our next visit.
The service was wonderful and attentive as always. With Covid, there weren’t many diners there. The lunch menu was varied and the food was good.
Annie was fantastic along with the rest of the staff at mama melinas.
Thank you for all you do for us!
Great social distancing, lunch special and patio! It was my mother’s birthday and brought over a candle and tiramisu without me asking! We will be back!
Excellent for COVID safe environment as well as great food and great service.
Excellent experience for the whole family.
Service and demeanor wear outstanding. Good food and pleasant.
Mamma Melina's is a favorite venue to enjoy to warm, authentic Italian meal with family. I have consistently found the space to be inviting of conversation, the staff to be hospitable, and the offerings to be suitable for varied and diverse guests. With a small mention, the chef was able to modify their polenta dish (delish, btw) to be vegetarian without loss of flavor, enjoyability, and sustenance. 100% would recommend this local gem.
I went to Mama Melina's for my boyfriend's birthday. The service and ambience were outstanding and the food was delicious. My boyfriend even received a complimentary tiramisu for his birthday
Outstanding food. Great service. Appreciate protocols in place during Covid-19! Our party thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we will be back!
Food was amazing as was the attentive service.
For the first time in months (due to COVID19), we mustered the courage to take our family out to dinner - not take out or pick up, but a real sit-down dinner. It was my wife’s birthday and we wanted to celebrate. We returned to Mamma Melina and we’re not disappointed - after checking our temperatures, we were able to sit outside, with serving staff donning masks and mindful of distancing, etc. We felt comfortable and the dining experience was great. Food and service was top-notch as always, and for a while we felt as ‘normal’ as could be expected. Thank you!
Wonderful Beet Salad
Most unusual and good Calimari
A neighborhood favorite. The food and the service are always very good. My salmon was delicious.
Had a nice BTS dinner here - students at one table parents at another. Good job distancing. Server was attentive and helpful both with wine and cocktail menus. A good spot for pizza and pasta fans. Antipasto app was tasty as well.
Well done Mamma Melinas!
Highly recommend for both food and service.
Great and fancy restaurant! Delicious food. Authentic Italian. Keep up with that. Thanks Monica
Our server Shaun was terrific as usual! Our favorite place to go when visiting our son at the UW.
Delicious food, well spaced tables, attentive service, lovely ambiance.
We loved our server Anne! She was so sweet and gave great service :)
The fire alarm kept going off.
Fabulous food and service; great patio. We really enjoyed everything :)
The staff is great and the restaurant is set up well for the safety protocols.
We had a great time!
Mamma Melina hits it out of the park! Great menu at reasonable prices, outstanding and friendly service, and one of the nicest outdoor dining terraces in Seattle. I'm a regular, and a fan!
Mama Melina has a good menu with choices for all tastes. The staff were professional and courteous. You can sit at a table or a booth; there is outdoor dining in good weather. We will go there again!
Nice romantic place to have an anniversary dinner with my lovely wife. Grazi
The food was absolutely delicious. I would not hesitate to dine here again. Seating was very spread out and they certainly were following all the rules. Friendly and efficient wait staff.
Food was outstanding and service was great! We'll be back!
Delicious food-special Heirloom salad was tasty with their house-made sweet balsamic vinegar and sweet onions. The Steelhead was perfectly cooked with three plump prawns to top it. The service and ability to social distance was just great and nice that they have a fun patio!
The nicest servers! And the food is always fantastic!
This was delicious! Our reservation was on time and we got to sit on the patio. The service was amazing and we appreciated the wine and food pairing suggestions. We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday dessert was delicious! All the food was amazing.
Delicious food and awesome service!
Outstanding venue, food and service
Mamma Melina always provides great atmoshphere and wonderful food. It was great to be back at this restaurant. Having lunch outside was a joy.
Good food, friendly staff, reasonable prices, outdoor seating
Super consistent, great food, awesome people! Definitely a staple in our family.
Mamma Melina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.
Mamma Melina is rated 4.7 stars by 1701 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.