Mamma knows best at this West Portal hot spot, with home cooking imported straight from the kitchen of the owner's Italian mother, Mamma Francesca. One bite of her lasagna, rich with creamy ricotta and hearty Bolognese, will have you cheering "Mamma mia," while oversized portions have some crying "basta!" A semi-open kitchen and cheerful staff add to the sense of homey hospitality. A kids' menu makes it an extra popular choice for families. Start meals with an immaculately fresh caprese salad, then sample a crisp pie from the Neapolitan wood-burning pizza oven. Don't miss the outstanding tiramisu: ultra-creamy and not overly sweet, these layers of espresso-soaked cake with whipped mascarpone and shaved chocolate won't require coaxing to scrape clean.
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