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1000 N. Green Valley Pkwy. (Pebble Rd.) Send to Phone
Creating the "atmosphere of love and community" that she felt as a child is what Mama Jo strives for in her restaurants.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mama Jo's Italian Bistro Restaurant Review

: Renowned for its hearty portions and savory Italian specialties, this cozy 220-seat eatery provides privacy for small groups and private parties with a vine-covered trellis in the back of the charming room. The smoking section with seven booths is adjacent to the friendly 12- to 15-seat bar. A popular luncheon option is the moderately priced, self-serve soup, salad, pasta and pizza bar. Among à la carte starters, we like the buffalo mozzarella with beefsteak tomato or roasted pepper with fresh basil and drizzled pesto. The tasty shrimp scampi or fra diavolo is served with crostini points as an appetizer, with linguine as an entrée. Mix and match dinners feature an array of pasta and sauce choices. Shrimp pizza with ricotta and garlic is a winner; other toppings include chicken, meatballs, portobello mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts. Among signature dishes are the meat or vegetable pasta pies and sage-rubbed veal saltimbocca. Try the risotto cardinale---shrimp, scallops and crab with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, or the pan-seared pork chops. Go for the beef rustica---Italian-style pot roast, or the bone-in chicken cacciatore with linguine. Among bambino favorites for ages 12 and under are cheese pizza, mac and cheese, chicken fingers with fries, and spaghetti or cheese ravioli marinara. Save room for the scrumptious Italian pastries. Lovely Laura Angelini sings popular romantic ballads on Thursday and Saturday evenings.

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