Truth be told I have lived here in the South for almost 8 years now and I still have not fully explored the different places and spaces the area has to offer. I finally decided to do something about this when 2014 rolled in. I was going to put on my walking shoes and start exploring. The first on my list was Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen.

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen is by far, one of the most strategically positioned restaurants in the BF area. Locked in a perfect corner spot at Tropical avenue and Tropical Palace, visibility is not a problem at all. The restaurant used to be a house just like the establishments along Aguirre. I guess that adds credibility to the “homey” feel of the place.

The Pinay Gadabout and friends at Mama Lous

There’s no pretension in Mama Lou’s. Its decor is simple, practical yet homey and a bit quirky. Their social media account signages propped all over the place made for a good promotional strategy. It also made the place more “friendly” and less “snobby” – in my opinion.

One thing is clear, the place is very popular. We were lucky enough to get there early and were given a table. Usually you have to call ahead for table reservations. Most of the patrons were residents of the area but there were some (that I overheard because my ears are just awesome like dut) that had to come from Makati and Mandaluyong.

The meals are definitely Italian. Makes me wonder if their chef is from Italy or was trained and mentored by one. I loved their risotto and the fact that they use authentic cheese shavings as opposed to the sad powdered ones that are readily available at supermarket shelves. I mean, if you’re going for authenticity, right?

I highly recommend that you try their Mama Lou’s Special Iced tea. It’s refreshing, sweet and it has this beautiful hint of fruit or something in it that just makes me giddy when I drink it. Because I have a penchant for the dramatics, it tastes like the soft romantic whispers of a hot Italian man. *bam* I’m definitely going back to have their steak, which I hear has nothing but rave reviews.

Mama Lou’s has two branches but they’re all located in the South – one in BF International and one in Nuvali. They’re open from 11 am to 11 pm and accept credit cards. I really would suggest that you call for reservations to avoid waiting for a free table. Remember, you want to enjoy the meal, the ambiance and the company. If you’re going to the BF branch, look for Tracy Bongato – she’s the restaurant manager. For Nuvali, it’s Crystal. Oh, and another piece of advice, let the manager know if the staff did an exceptional job. 😉

BF Homes, Las Pinas, B1L30 Tropical Ave corner Tropical Palace, BF International, Las Pinas
(+632) 519 1977
(+63) 917 515 6262

Solenad 2, Nuvali, Sta Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Sta Rosa City, Laguna
(+6349) 302 0752
+(63) 917 578 5722

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