mamma lina’s / mira mesa – san diego, ca
I last wrote about Mamma Lina’s back in 2009 – man, that was like FIVE years ago! I found this place while I was still at my old job and now that my current job moved closer to Sorrento Valley, Mamma Lina’s has been back in my regular lunch rotation. Things have change a bit recently.
There used to be this huge hedge that made it hard to see the deli:
[old photo from 2009]
[new photo with no hedge]
They’ve removed that and put in astro turf and more tables and chairs for outside dining. They’ve managed to double the seating! It’s also a lot easier to tell that there’s a deli/someplace to eat here since before it was all hidden behind the hedges. It really helps open up the space.
They also have daily lunch specials now and have expanded their menu a bit – it’s not just ravioli anymore!
Here’s their regular menu – side one.
And side two of Mamma Lina’s menu.
The prices haven’t changed – you can still get a full order of ravioli (which comes with garlic bread and a side salad) for $6 dollars. SIX DOLLARS!
This is a full order of ravioli with half cheese and half mushroom. I got double bread because they started adding frisee to their salads and I can’t stand frisee. Maybe I’ll get a normal salad next time and just fish all the frisee out…
This is also served with meat sauce with pesto. I’ve found that I don’t like the marinara/meat sauce as much anymore. The sauce has started to lean towards being a little bitter for my tastes, but the pesto is delicious. I might opt for only pesto on a future visit. The cheese ravioli are filled nicely and are tender. The mushroom ravioli is my absolute favorite though – the mushroom is flavorful and creamy inside of the giant pockets of ravioli (it’s those circular looking ones).
On a different visit I sprung for just a half order of mushroom ravioli (which is $4. FOUR! shut up already). This time I got it with the garlic herb butter which is super yummy – especially if you like garlic and herbs. I could probably even stand for a little MORE garlic since I love the stuff but I understand maybe not everyone wants to have garlicky breath going back to work. Me? I don’t care about these things. MORE GARLIC, PLEASE. kthxbye.
I also realized that I had never tried their meatballs before and instead of just going all in and getting a meatball sandwich, I figured I should try it first. Good thing I did because… sorry, but I didn’t really dig it. The marinara sauce seemed very acidic that day and it didn’t really help the meatball out all at. The meatball was a little too smooth and didn’t have a lot going on for it – no herbs, or other seasonings, really. It was smooth, soft and lacked texture so I probably won’t order that again. Oh well.
The ravioli was excellent though – with a half order you get maybe 5-6 mushroom ravioli’s but they’re HUGE and it fills me up even if it’s a half order.
Next time I’d love to try one of their specials on the board, or a salad! It’ll be hard to resist the allure of the ravioli though.
Mamma Lina’s is a great little spot for a cheap, affordable delicious lunch. You can also get bags of frozen ravioli to take home with you so you can eat the deliciousness at home, too.
Mamma Lina’s accepts credit cards and they are open from 11AM-2PM, Monday through Friday.
6491 Weathers Place
San Diego, California 92121