In June I dined at La Mia Mamma, the best Italian restaurant in London. This month I will be there again.

Unique among Italian restaurants real Italian mothers are the cooks. They are flown in from Italy, from a particular region, so the menu reflects their style of cooking. Every few months they change.

And since La Mia Mamma now has different locations, each one featuring the food from a different region of Italy, frequent visits are necessary to sample it all. For those who watched the Stanley Tucci TV show on Finding Italy, he featured this restaurant.

Instead of sitting at a table at the King’s Rd location, I chose a stool at the counter which faces out onto the street. It’s a great place to see people and traffic going by, including the red double decker bus seen here. Some of the desserts are also prepared in the tiny kitchen between the counter and front window, so you see close-up how they are created.

Also shown in this review is the main course I had from the Lazio region (Naples). This is the Ziti alla Genovese, a Neapolitan pasta with a luscious sauce made with 8-hour slow cooked onion, beef and Parmesan. Delicious.

By all means go to La Mia Mamma on your next trip to London. Tell them Cliff sent you!

3 locations:

Notting Hill

190 Kensington Park Road, W112ES



257 King’s Rd, SW35EL



2, Hollywood Rd, SW109HY


By Dr. Cliff Cunningham

Dr. Cliff Cunningham is a planetary scientist, the acknowledged expert on the 19th century study of asteroids. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. He serves as Editor of the History & Cultural Astronomy book series published by Springer; and Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage. Asteroid 4276 in space was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union based in the recommendation of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Cunningham has written or edited 15 books. His PhD is in the History of Astronomy, and he also holds a BA in Classical Studies.

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