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Mama Lisa - Mastic

Mama Lisa
1226 Montauk Highway
Mastic, NY 11950
Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Decor: 8/10
Value: 6/10

We have frequented Mama Lisa's restaurant when they were at their old location at the end of a strip mall in Mastic. Although the food was pretty good, the prices were a little up there for the area. Especially being in a tiny dining room that you had to walk through the pizzeria to get to, it just didn't interest us enough to go back. We did however order pizza from there on several occasions and it is one of our favorites. When we saw that they were moving to a new location that was being built from the ground up, we kept our eyes on it until it actually opened and decided to give them another try.

The new Mama Lisa restaurant is something refreshing amongst a town flooded with pizzerias, chinese takeout and fast food joints. When you walk in, you immediately notice the details they put into making it something modern and special. Granite table tops pair nicely with mahogany furniture and the centrally located bar, backed by a glass tiled wall that becomes a focal point of the room. You can see a lot of thought went into the decor, including the lighting. It feels like a night out compared to their old restaurant.

We went for Pasta Night which is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. $14.25 for soup or salad, pasta, coffee/tea and dessert. We have yet to try out Thursday's Chicken Night which is the same deal as Pasta Night just with a chicken entree and for $15.95. Their regular menu though has not changed and still has what we consider to be expensive for the area. For the specials, I say it is definitely worth it. The food we did get (Rigatoni with meat sauce and Penne ala vodka) was great. It took a little longer to receive our food than would be expected for pasta but the place was pretty packed and our waitress kept telling us that it would only be a little longer and apologized for the delay. The waitstaff was very friendly and courteous, interacting with our toddler, talking to us about our newborn and overall just being nice as well as helpful. There was a younger boy bussing tables who was extremely pleasant and friendly, something you don't always see in boys his age, perhaps family of the owners. 

It truly is night and day between their old location and new one. It's definitely a place we are interested in going to again but only for their specials. Nothing against Mama Lisa, but if I wanted to spend a little more money on a nice Italian place, I'd drive the extra 10 minutes to La Volpe in Center Moriches. See our review here.

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