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About Mamma Melina
Please note: Mamma Melina does not accept reservations for Happy Hour. The Seattle Times, August 26th 2010: So thoroughly have the three Varchetta brothers re-imagined the relocated Mamma Melina their own mother would hardly recognize the place even though that's her name above the door.
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.
Seattle, WA 98105
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Monday: 11:30am-11:00pm (all day).
$30 and under
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Attached private garage with free parking.
Private Party Facilities:
Crystal chandeliers and beautiful mirrors surround our private rooms that accommodate 15 to 40 people.
Private Party Contact:
Roberto: (206) 240-4604
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Mamma Melina Ratings and Reviews
The service was 5 star. The staff were very attentive and we wanted for nothing. The food was just ok, nothing special about this Italian fare. The bread service was very good and wine the selection was also outstanding. Just wish the food lived up to the service and wine selection.
Hadn’t been to Momma Melina in some time and it was nice to reacquaint ourselves with the great food, excellent service. (We used to go to Momma Melina when they were near the 7 Gables theater).
We were a party of 4 and everyone enjoyed their meals. Linguini with salmon, gnocchi, other dishes were all superb. Waitress we had was just the right amount of service; not too much and not too little.
We had a booth which helped with deadening sound. Otherwise, tables in main areas are a bit noisy. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
P.S. For those who don’t mind a short walk, the restaurant is very close to University Village.
My lunchdate and I were barely half way through our meal when a young lady came by to ask if we wanted boxes. She returned again 10 min later, then our server asked the same. My fiend finished her salad, I hadn’t finished my eggplant parmigiana (which was very skimpy), but by that time we were tired of feeling like they were rushing us (mind you, we met on a Wednesday at Noon, and the place wasn’t even half full) so I asked for my half eaten meal to be boxed up so I could finish the rest in peace at home.
Better service and food at Olive Garden(!!!)
My entree was brought out before i even finished my salad. As soon as we finished our entree the server brought the bill. Then he interrupted us to ask if he could close us out because he needed the table. There were plenty of open tables throughout the restaurant. It was an experience i would not go back for.
What a gem! We had the pleasure of starting with the bountiful beet salad, split a GF pasta and
the swordfish special with roasted veggies. All courses were rich in flavor, and the pasta Bolognese and swordfish in Mediterranean tomato /caper sauce served straight -out-of-the -oven, piping hot. Our server was very attentive and we loved the extra Parmesan cheese shredding. The wine by the glass was served in mini carafes which makes it fun to enjoy.
Always a great experience at a place to feel part of the Italian family owners, and we will be back again soon!
Decent place for lunch or dinner. We went at 6pm on Saturday. It was pretty busy and pretty loud, quite a few groups were there and at 7pm the entry was packed with people waiting to get in. Service was on point, drinks were great and the tiramisu was delicious. Hubby had an excellent mushroom soup and prawn risotto, I had the butter lettuce salad (slightly over dressed) and Buccatini. The meatballs were tasty and the sauce was good. Other members had the smoked salmon fettuchini and the chocolate cake. We all thought the food was fine if a little under sesoned.
Mama Molina was outstanding! Their food is always the best Italian food in Seattle. It's always fresh. and very well prepared. Any pasta dish is a real treat. Their dessert menu is outstanding, and always has great choices. I particularly like the Cannelloni. There is always spumoni on the dessert menu. Parking is behind the building and is handicap accessible.
Very beautiful restaurant. Came here for my one year anniversary with my boyfriend. I was looking for something romantic that wouldn't make my (well, and my boyriend's) wallet bleed and Mama Melina was the perfect place. I loved the white tablecloths, candles, dim light and absolutely gorgeous chandeliers. Its one of those really great places where you can dress up but also dress down and not look silly either way. Food was reaaaally good - we had pizza, gnocchi, and the lobster mac and cheese. Everything was a hit, and the fresh bread basket was amazing.
My only critique was that while there, the music was really weird. I pay attention to these type of things, and for a restaurant like this, I would expect some jazz/instrumental type of tunes, but it was some strange like nature sounds playlist and my boyfriend and I thought it was some kind of mistake. When I say nature sounds, I literally mean like rain falling, animals growling, wind blowing sounds. Super weird. Other than that, everything was great and 10/10 would recommend this to anyone! Bill turned out to be $75 for the two of us, but we really splurged (my boyfriend got 2 entrees just for himself), so pricing is very reasonable.
We both had swordfish with scampi in a puttanesca sauce, roasted potatoe wedges and Brussel sprouts! Magnificent! The reception, wait staff and helpers were all bright-eyed young people, probably students at the U. of Washington. The low lights, candles created a wonderful ambience. We have been there a few times and now it is fast becoming one of our major go-to restaurants. Congratulations to the family who provide this great dining experience.
I love this place. The happy hour food selection is perfect. Having to sit outside of happy hour, works out just fine as the food has always been terrific.
The service is great. While the atmosphere can be hectic, they always play it cool and keep a calm demeanor.
Did I mention I love this place?
The pasta was too much for the sauce (Fettucini Bolognaise) and glue-y.
It was a busy night, 2 of 3 of us were late due to traffic (12 minutes) and they gave our reservation away. The did find us a table, service was good, but we were not offered a 2nd glass of wine or coffee after we finished. Disappointed a bit.
Calamari plate was so greasy. I've had some bad calamari and this ranks up there. Ordered the swordfish with olive tapenade for the main. Salty, not well balanced. Had to scrape off the tapenade to get to the fish. Mom ordered the fettucine Bolognese. This was a good dish. Probably not a return visit. I'm sure the area can produce more refined Italian restaurant. Parking was convenient.
We enjoyed ourselves and the food was pretty good. But I requested a booth in the note section of the reservation and we did not get it. They did not ask if we were celebrating a special occasion, which we were. Plus we were done a half hour. The food came out super quick. Probably microwaved. It tasted fair but was not as good as I remembered. It would have been nice to experience a meal instead of eat and get out as quick as possible.
I was surprised by my mediocre entrée of shrimp scampi; the linguine pasta served on the side was a small, cold and tasteless portion. It did not even a hint of garlic or flavor. Very strange. The shrimp were tasty but very salty and overcooked. My salad, however, was delicious with lovely crisp butter lettuce, goat cheese and Marconi almonds. The dessert was also good, a lava cake with raspberry served with ice cream. This was strange however, as they said it was a chocolate cake not a lava cake. Why not advertise that it was a lava cake ? Strange.
The service was very good, but I was disappointed with our table which looked at the swinging door of the kitchen and was very awkwardly placed, in the middle of the very noisy room. I guess I should have requested a more intimate table. Overall, we were underwhelmed. My sister who was visiting from Portland, OR said, "I wouldn't go back there." Not sure I will or not.
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