Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen

G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
4.4
4.5 Stars

120 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 67
  • 4 stars 40
  • 3 stars 8
  • 2 stars 5
  • 1 star 0
  • 131 Reviews
  • 306 Recommend
  • 120 Reviewers
Category:
Italian
Phone
+6329585563

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Parking Lot
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Marie Kristine Gene B.
4.0 Stars

The food is great and the price is ok. I like their poutine, simple yet very tasty and the iced tea is so refreshing! 10084

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars
3

Bon Appetit128076🏼127860

For our last stop last September 16 UPTC food trip with hubby is dinner at Mama Lous, finally! I heard that they are one of the best Italian resto in the metro.

First we were given by complimentary bread, then we ordered seafood pasta for hubby as he loves pasta so much then I tried this Mozarella Burger Steak as recommended by their staff. It's so good , my stomach was so full 128077

For the drinks , the staff gave us a two small glass , for us to taste of what kind of iced tea we want, the Mama Lous iced tea or the regular and we go to regular.

Over all experience was really good. Try this Mozarella burger steak and the staffs were really accommodating , good service 128076🏼

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Kristine M.
3.0 Stars
2

Mama Lou is our default place when I'm with my daughter. She just loves their Truffle Mac and Cheese. I tried their Risotto Tartufo Funghi as I wanted to know how a legit Risotto taste like and I wasn't really happy with their version. Some of the rice were hard and it seems that it was not cooked well. I'd settle for their pizza and pasta next time. Service is good as usual even if the place was packed.

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Kitkat G.
3.0 Stars
3

I've heard good things about this restaurant and (as always) was so excited to try it out.

We were lucky to get decent seats as the place was packed. Staff was friendly. The interiors made me feel I was in Italy.128516
Our orders:

CAESAR SALAD
I find the salad too salty. Croutons and bacon was at a minimal.

MAMA LOU'S PIZZA
I like that this thin crust pizza had a crunch to it. The mango balances the saltiness of the proscuitto. This is one of their bestsellers.

ROLLO DI POLLO
I enjoyed this dish with every bite bursting with the crunchiness of the breaded chicken and oozing with cheese.

Might try their pasta dishes next time. I have yet to taste the dish/es that makes this resto stand out.

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Sun M.
4.0 Stars
5

Finally tried Mama Lou's last night. We were at #18 in line so we had to go somewhere else first. Until finally I received a call! But since we were already full, we only had the Truffle Mac and Cheese (Php285) inclusive of tax, but without SC yet. We paid around Php300+.

The mac and cheese was so creamy and tasty! I just added more pepper. There was also a complimentary basket of sliced breads with pesto and tomato paste. Loved the pesto as it was herby and salty. The tomato was so soury for me but brother liked it.

The place was small, but the ambiance was cool and very italian. I loved the brick walls and chandeliers and the music they play. The staff were very accommodating too. I'd be back to try their pizzas and more of their pastas!!!

If you're into celebrity spotting, this could be a perfect place. Spotted Gretchen Ho here last night. 128513

-@hermouthisfull

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Larah L.
4.0 Stars

Now i know why they have such high ratings. Seafood oglio was good and the rib eye was priced reasonably. One improvement could be if they can use fresh pasta.

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Maureen L.
4.0 Stars

I was too excited to try their seafood olio because of multiple recommendations that I didn't have the chance to take a photo of it. The whole plate was devoured as soon as it hit our table 128514 but let me tell you it was full of seafood - clams, shellfish, shrimp, squid - you name it. It had the perfect blend of saltiness and garlic goodness. Definitely must try 128076🏼

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Elvis T.
5.0 Stars
3

Been here a couple of times... Actually we are regulars already at this establishment. We had mac and cheese again for my boy (he always orders this dish for himself). We also had pizza bianca(my personal favorite and seafood pasta with red sauce for a change.

The food was absolutely fabulous as usual. My boy finished the mac and cheese. I finished the pasta and pizza. Our favorite place in U.P. Town Center. Highly recommended.

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Dada M.
5.0 Stars
5

it's friyay and we want it italian 10084️. i checked looloo and we haven't tried mama lou's italian kitchen yet.

first i called in to their hotline to reserve for two at 7pm and yes we got the couch! woooooooot 128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼

We ordered Mama lou's special pizza and Quattro formaggi half half pizze for only 450php i think and it is BOMB! WE LOVED IT BIGTIME. The crust is thin and crunchy and it is loaded with flavors. i can't wait to go back and try other flavors!

i read that the seafood aglio olio is hit but we tried a different pasta dish and we tried LASAGNA 128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼 the bechamel sauce is overflowing and "hindi nakakaumay". A balance of everything 10084100841008410084

and they gave us complimentary Vanilla Icecream with dust of cinnamon and that completes our meal!

people of Mama lou's UPTOWN CENTER are indeed a spoiler ;) they provide us everything we need in time and they deserve a slow clap!!!! 128525128525128525128525128525128525128525

thank you what a great experience!

ps thanks to ate for taking good pictures of us!

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Leah C.
2.0 Stars

Service was terrible. Our order took so long without any explanation for the delay. They did not mind if utensils were in order. We had to make follow ups for the water refills.
Food was nothing special that will make me forget the disgusting service.
When we asked for the bill it came as quickly as if saying please leave now there is another customer witing for this table.
They knew they did something wrong so they served a complimentary scoop of ice cream. It didnt change my feeling of disgust and disappointment. Service recovery is truly expensive.
I WILL NEVER COME BACK TO THIS PLACE AGAIN.

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Ron M.
5.0 Stars
3

Italian food is sort of an ordinaryfood for me having a mom who cooks pasta and pizza almost every day but this restaurant got me so curious that i just had to try it despite avoiding italian food

In order to really taste if their pizza is good i ordered the basic primavera pizza with tomato basil and cheese, all of which are main ingredients of a pizza, it was indeed delicious, the thin crust was perfect not too crispy and not too dough-y, you could see the cheese threading as i lift my slice 128539 we also ordered their spicy arrabiata pasta which had penne noodles, and that spicy tangy tomato based sauce was well flavored and the pasta was al dente 128076🏻, another was the onion rings whih had this really really tasty batter you don't need to dip it in a sauce just to have a taste, what was interesting was that it was crispy on the outside... And on the inside 128518 the onions were almost still fresh and they weren't soggy and oily, i liked the way it was cooked, its different from other onion rings i've tasted. I definitely enjoyed their food and i would like to have dinner here again

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars
2

He was a lil hung over from last night's beer fest,   he wanted to eat something greasy.  Off we go to UPTC.  Arrived at 5 minutes after 10, no issues with parking slots and the place isn't packed yet.

Walked around for a bit,  we checked the new wing.  A bigass tarp with the phrase "Opening Soon" adorns the space for Chocolate Kiss Café.  I remember seeing an article online that they're suppose to open May 19th.  The tarp is a testament that the post doesn't have an iota of veracity in it. 

Anyway,  i ain't writing about the lies that social media feed us daily.  I am gonna write about my mum from Italy and her awesome kitchen. 

Early birds catches the vacant tables!  An adage for foodies who live on the edge (the ones who thinks reservations are too mainstream).  You savvy? 

Too much digression,  my bad.  Let's talk about the food,  shall we?

Pizza Bianca.  Thin crust,  brick oven style pizza with cream,  mushroom and bacon.  I like my pizza simple and this right up my alley.  Simple and sophisticated.  Simple as it is only made of 4 ingredients.  Sophisticated as each bite is a symphony of flavors.  I'd still eat it sans the bacon (that's how awesome it is). 

Spaghetti and meatballs.  The ultimate comfort food.  The sauce is oozing with tomato goodness.  Tomato reduction perhaps?  The meatball is seasoned perfectly and goes well with the sauce.  And oh,  i liked the fact that they use angel hair pasta. 

A meal at Mama Lou's is always satisfying.  You get value for money while your tastebuds have a field day with the sumptuous food they offer.

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Nai Y.
5.0 Stars
3

Last Sunday we dropped by Mama Lou's for a satisfying post-church lunch. Discovered the place through good reviews from looloo. Being the Italian food lover that I am, this was a must-try.

My hubby and I ordered two different pastas. I got the 🔸Truffle Mac and Cheese while he had the 🔸Diavalo Amatriciana pasta. The serving portions for both orders were good for sharing. My truffle mac and cheese was super creamy thanks to the addition of truffle oil. The top part of the pasta had a crunchy factor thanks to the toasted cheese on top. Meanwhile, the Diavalo Amatriciana (not in photo) is one of their choices under their Diavalo or spicy sauce menu. The pomodoro sauce mixed with chili was so good too. Hubby loved how he could absolutely taste the flavor of fresh tomatoes and the spiciness of the sauce is just right. It was just the right kick for each bite. The bacon slices were generously mixed in with the pasta.

We also ordered the 🔸Mama Lou's Special Pizza. It's topped with fresh tomatoes, mozarella, prosciutto, mango slices, arugula, and balsamic cream. It was a unique tasting pizza thanks to the addition of mango slices. This gives the pizza its subtle sweetness that perfectly complements the salty prosciutto slices. The balsamic cream also lends a slightly sour aftertaste. The pizza is rolled thin and cooked crispy. I love biting it and hearing the crunch. You could actually roll the pizza due to the thinness of the dough. Authentic Italian pizza indeed.

Our meal was perfectly paired with their exotic shake. Hubby and I both ordered the 🔸Colada Surprise which is a mix of Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple, Coconut milk, and honey. Talk about healthy ingredients on your fruity shake. This was so refreshing! Good to drink to refresh your palate.

Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen offers authenthic, hearty Italian food.

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Julienne Y.
5.0 Stars
3

Filipinos love Italian food. Big portions, generous uses of butter, cream, garlic and cheese.. Come on. What's not to love. Unfortunately our definition of Italian is only Carbonara, Spaghetti and Pizza. I'm glad that Mama Lou's breaks those boundaries and take Filipinos closer to real Italian while still incorporating to tastes that are uniquely Filipino.

The Mama Lou's Special Pizza for example- has Mango on it! I was a little skeptical but the flavor works if the mango is sweet. If it's slighty maasim then you're in for a strange combination.

The Rollo Pollo (i'm sure this is not the real name) is a delicious hearty dish that blends chicken, cheese, pesto and pomodoro. We paired it with rice but you can opt for Mashed Potato.

The clam chowder (one order split into two) is also surprisingly tasty with generous amounts of clams in every bite. It does however, lack creaminess which for me was okay para hindi nakakasuya.

Wonderful little place with amazingly speedy service. They are also super accommodating! We Will be back.

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Rebecca Y.
4.0 Stars

The food tastes AMAZING and service was fast. However, the place is small and took a while for us to be seated. The overall feel of the place is very homey and the food is worth any wait you have to endure to get it!

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
4

This place is always packed and every time I pass by, there's a seemingly endless queue. They don't take reservations on weekends so you really have to be there early if you don't want to wait for a long time.

For dinner, we had the following:

🔹 Escargots. You have the option to have this served with the shells or have them removed from the shells. We requested for no shells. The first time I had this was during the rendezvoos in their Nuvali branch. I remember that was cheesy unlike what was served to us during this visit but it was just as good. Most importantly, there's no weird chewy feeling.
The cheese was probably just for the rendezvoos since on the menu, there's no mention of cheese.

🔹 Clam Chowder Soup. This comes in 2 sizes and the regular one is already good for 2 people. It was delicious but we noticed there was a difference in consistency between our 2 orders. One was thicker than the other.

🔹 Minestrone Soup. I'm not a fan of this but my uncle liked it.

🔹 Spaghetti Seafood Olio. This is one of their recommended dishes and also one of their best-sellers. Not surprisingly, we all liked it. The pasta was cooked perfectly, there was enough sautéed garlic and seafood to taste.

🔹 Mama Lou’s Special Pizza. Of course I had to order this favorite!
Thin crust pizza with prosciutto, mango, arugula, balsamic cream. 128076

🔹 Marbled Rib Eye Steak. Again, another favorite. It’s really tender and flavorful. Even the mashed potato tasted good.

🔹Iced Tea. Their Mama Lou’s Iced Tea and their flavored iced tea (raspberry, strawberry) were all good. Totally refreshing.

Service was good but not as great as the service I always experience from their Nuvali branch. One server just clocked out without giving an update on a specific request I made. But, this time, good food trumps service.

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Crissy B.
4.0 Stars

Wrote a negative review for Mama Lou's some time last year so I was hesitant to return here. But my mom insisted on eating here for merienda/early dinner after we voted.

I think we got the right orders, because I really liked everything this time!! 128539 We had a salad (the one w bacon, mushrooms, and eggs), Mama Lou's pizza, truffle risotto, and seafood pasta. I can't really pinpoint which one was my favorite because they were all good in different ways. You had the pa-healthy and fresh flavors from the salad, the creamy indulgence from the risotto (and I surprisingly didn't get umay lol), the lightness from the pasta, and the weird-but-it-works flavor from the pizza.

Will definitely go back na! Haha here's to second chances lol 128514

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Nins A.
4.0 Stars

They still serve one of the best seafood pasta! I like their clam chowder but I think it would be better if the consistency was thick. I loved their Mama Lou's pizza too. It has mangoes! 9786

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Eloi H.
5.0 Stars
2

They love Arwen and Wicket and we love them back 10084

Mama Lou's has become our go to place in UP Town Center. They welcome our furry babies, always ready with ice cold water for them, free bread, and pat on their heads. They even give birthday cakes for our furry babies whenever we celebrate their barkdays there. Arwen can be their K9 model 128516

The location is perfect - they have tables along the corridor where our dogs are allowed where we can enjoy the mall aircon 128077🏼

The service is excellent, especially Yah, who never fails to give some a warm welcome and sometimes complimentary cake or coffee.

Oh, the food is very good too 128516

Our favorites: aglio, poutine, prawns Thermidor.

Oh, and they supported our UP Pep Squad 128077🏼

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Rhency L.
5.0 Stars

Seafood Olio Pasta was so so good. The taste was not complicated at all and the dish was light since it's oil-based. The pasta noodles were cooked to perfection; I won't mind eating it even without the other ingredients. 128514128514

Pizza Bianca was okay. I would prolly try other flavors when I come back. Chicken wings were huge and tasted good.

Can't wait to go back for the Truffle Mac 'n Cheese & their Risotto!

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