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Mama Ricotta’s

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on September 29, 2009

Our friend Diana was celebrating her birthday, and invited several friends to Mama Ricotta’s for dinner.  There were great friends, fun celebration, and great food.   We’ve been to Mama Ricotta’s before.  In fact, when clients come to town, we’ll end up at Mama Ricotta’s sometimes.  It’s a nice, unique Charlotte experience.   I was excited that Diana had selected it for her birthday dinner, as we hadn’t had a chance to put it in the blog, yet.  Well here it is!

We arrived, and there were about 10 people there for the party.  We hung out in the bar, which is generally small, and had a beer.  It was a Saturday, so several of us were discussion college football.  Once our table was ready, we took a seat.  It’s a popular restaurant with a, and on Saturday night it assumes the typical “boisterous” Italian restaurant feel.

In the past, I have been generally disappointed by the service at Mama Ricotta’s.  Servers have seemed to be aware that the popular restaurant draws a huge crowd regardless of my personal dining experience.  This was not the case on this night, however.  Our waiter was amazing.  At no time did I want for water.  He managed all of us with minimal notes, and no one got an incorrect order or misplaced plate.  He was friendly and personable, and even separated the checks without any problems.  I was really impressed.

What has allowed servers in the past to take the ambivalent approach to service, is the food.  The portions are large enough for two meals, and are artful combinations of flavors.  The Wife ordered a penne, chicken and broccoli in an alfredo sauce.  I ordered the chicken bianco; breaded chicken with prosciutto and cheese,  in a light mushroom sauce, served over garlic mashed potatoes.

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The Wife enjoyed the pasta, but thought it lacked a little lemon flavor.  The chicken was tender and the broccoli was fresh, well-cooked, and plentiful.

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The chicken bianco is incredible.  It’s the second time I’ve had it, and it’s not a disappointment.  The mushroom sauce provides a light flavor that is delicious, but also permeates the chicken, making it tender and juicy.  The prosciutto and cheese add texture, but not as much flavor as you might think.  The entire package, gravy and all, served over the garlic mashed potatoes makes the whole dish particularly spectacular.  It’s even great cold as leftovers for breakfast.

Other particularly special plates include the lasagna, fresh calamari, and warm goat cheese and mascarpone dip.

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4 Responses to “Mama Ricotta’s”

  1. Diana said

    So glad you guys were able to come and you had the chance to blog MR! 🙂 I need to try that Chicken Bianco next time…sounds awesome.

  2. Heather said

    Hi Amanda!

    Glad to see a fellow foodie blogging 🙂 hope you’re doing well! this place sounds awesome. proscuitto is on the short list of words that start to make me drool immediately. mmm.

  3. As long as the food is good, I really don’t care much about the servie. Mama Ricotta sounds awesome, and I LOVE the name, too!

    • gingerbreadpirate said

      I hear you, but when you’re paying a lot for a meal, it’s more than the meal you’re paying for. I’M paying for the food, the ambiance, and the service. I don’t want to have to track down my server if I want another beer. I don’t want to have to explain WHY receiving the wrong dish really isn’t important. I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m a burden on the restaurant, either. Service doesn’t replace good food, the same way nice tires don’t compensate for a crappy car, or a nice hat doesn’t make a dress acceptable. To me, service simply accentuates the positive or negative dining experiences.

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