Last week, the owners of 23-year-old Mamo Le Michelangelo, a restaurant located in the French Riveria, opened a sister eatery in SoHo on West Broadway. The original MAMO was opened by Herve “Mamo” Mammoliti in 1992 and now his son Mike has opened this stateside version, using the same family recipes they've employed since the beginning. And though the restaurant originated in France, the menu implemented by Michelin-Starred Chef Massimo Sola skews Italian, which makes sense considering Sola's pedigree at Eataly Roma.
The menu is broken down in typical Italian-style by types of dishes, from pasta and rice to meat and seafood. Simple, classic dishes like Spaghetti alle Vongole ($18), Ossobuco ($26) and "Nicoise" salad ($15) anchor the list of options, which also includes a fussy and expensive MAMO burger ($37) featuring both truffles and foie gras.
A small selection of pizzas is also available, including a simple Margherita ($14) and another—Focaccia al tartufo ($22)—topped with three cheese and truffles. In fact, truffle shows up quite a bit on the menu, like the Risotto al Tartufo ($24) and a side dish for two of Rigatoni with a truffle gratin ($16). If you and your date both have truffle breath, consider it a wash.
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