Although I’ve visited their sister bistro Mennato’s on quite a few occasions, I’d oddly not visited Mamma Roma before I popped in for a seasonally hungover lunch the other day.
I was shown to a window table in the left half of their warm, carpetted dining room. I was left with the extensive menu by the friendly waiting staff.
As is usually the way with Italian places, there was plenty to consider. I quickly settled upon melanzane to start, then wavered for a while on whether I’d go for pizza or pasta. I chose their house stringolini pasta dish.
The starter arrived in good time and looked much as expected. It’s rarely a bonnie dish but this one proved heartily good eating. It was simple and good fare.
The main course pasta was pretty good. The individual short strings of pasta were in the style of spaetzle but reminiscent of samphire in shape. I liked them muchly. The sauce was nicely balanced with sweet peppers, fragrant pesto and tart goat’s cheese.
So overall, I enjoyed Mamma Roma. It served me two really enjoyable dishes. It seems like a reliable place for good Italian food. I’d be happy to visit again to further explore the menu.
Blythe scores Mamma Roma
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: melanzane; stringolini della Mamma
I drank: water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £16.90
Address: 4/7 Antigua Street, Edinburgh EH1 3NH