If you have a taste for the unusual Mamo is the perfect place for you. Bringing Italian fare blended with a touch of Provençal charm, SoHo just got their newest trendy eatery. The original Mamo Le Michelangelo, is a 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera and boasts Michelin-starred chef Massimo Sola (formerly of Eataly Roma, Ristorante Quattro Mori) as executive chef. Across the street from the Soho Grand, Mamo has the beautiful people dinning here on white tablecloths complete with white leather chairs, rustic wood and brick, making this a cozy, yet simplistic haven. Due to interviewing Kristin Chenoweth that afternoon, I needed to push my reservation up and hour. When we got there Mamo was filled with tan bodies and gorgeous suits. This was one busy day. When my guest and I were seated, it was a corner booth, normally my favorite, but it is hard to sit there as the wood hits in a weird way. I did not want to complain as I had had to change this reservation several times. The waiter was informative and busy. He forgot our bread as well as oil, salt or pepper on the table. We had to ask, more than once. Once he was present though he was on top of everything.
My guest and I decided to do the $28 lunch special, which for the amount of food is a fabulous bargain. I went to order the Verdure all brace, mozzarella and “Salmoriglio.” Every since I looked at the menu, I wanted to order this item which in plain english is mozzarella and grilled vegetables, my favorite. It is so popular, that they ran out, so I was offered vitello tonnato con olio ai caper which is thinly sliced veal in a round with niçoise blended tuna sauce with oil ($21). I thought it was just veal with caper oil since that was on my menu, but the server upgraded me. My guest ordered Tonno rosso rosolato con rucola e ace to balsamico, which means roasted fresh tuna on baby arugula and balsamic vinegar. Carrie’s dish was delicious. The tuna done to perfection and tasted like a fabulous piece of steak. The balsamic sauce was so addictive we both used the bread to finish it off. My dish would have been so much better without the tuna mouse. Tuna and veal do not work together for me. It would have been so much better with the balsamic or just oil.
Onto the next course.
I like simple, especially for lunch, so I went with Tagliatelle alla carbonara style and Carrie choose Risotto all fragile su zucca al forno which transfers to butternut squash wth strawberry risotto. The tagliatelle wasn’t homemade or if it was, tasted like store bought. The sauce was heavy and tasteless, but plentiful on bacon. Carrie’s dish was another odd combination. It was so sweat it tasted like a vegetable dessert. Both of us took about 3 bites and I wrapped mine and doctored it at home, with much better results.
For desserts we ordered Cheese cake ala lavender (couldn’t taste it) and Tiramisu, but our waiter brought us over a chocolate mouse crisp with caramel, that really made us want more. We both would come back for this and the Tuna appetizer.
Mamo is laid back and expect to spend time dining. The combinations of food are perfect for the food explorer who likes different combinations, which is right up my friend Sarah’s alley. The dished are beautifully plated and For those who like the beautiful people factor, Mamo rates a 10.
Mamo: 323 West Broadway