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Ristorante Mamma Gina

73705 El Paseo (San Luis Rey Ave.) Send to Phone
760-568-9898 | Menu
This desert landmark has been cooking Italian specialties for nearly three decades.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly
Features
  • Valet parking
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Kid-friendly
  • Reservations suggested

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Ristorante Mamma Gina Restaurant Review

: Ristorante Mamma Gina is the real deal. Want proof? For starters, the flagship location is in Florence, Italy. No surprise then that the kitchen turns out homemade pastas and such Tuscan specialties as deep-fried zucchini, spinach sautéed in the Florentine manner (with lots of garlic), air-dried beef from the village of Valtellina, squid ink-blackened ravioli stuffed with lobster, marrow-filled osso buco and bistecca alla Florentina. The surprise is that this restaurant can be inconsistent, ranging from topnotch to downright ordinary. But classics that are ordinary elsewhere are consistently satisfying: the spaghetti all carbonara justifies ordering this otherwise simple dish when dining out; the mushroom risotto, too. Desserts are made on the premises and the wine list is strong in bottles from both California and Italy. The expanded wine bar offers an area for casual dining, and the happy hour is one of the best in the valley.

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