Like snowflakes, pasta noodles come in a passel of shapes, get softer when warmed, and can be packed into a ball to throw at kindergarteners. Treat palates to pasta projectiles with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Mamma Lena's Restaurant, in Waxhaw.
Inspired by the traditional dishes of its namesake and original proprietor, Mamma Lena's serves up Italian fare with a watchful eye toward its toothsome Neapolitan roots. The restaurant showcases a menu brimming with cuisine from everyone's favorite footwear-shaped peninsula, with old-fashioned favorites including lasagna ($12.50) and spaghetti-clad eggplant parmigiana ($12.75) served with a sidecar of soup or salad and a crusty companion of house-made Italian bread.
Circumnavigate the appetite with a plethora of pizzas such as the tricolored margherita topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves ($8.25 for a small, $14.50 for a large). Mamma Lena's also serves up traditional Italian-American and Neapolitan dishes, which garnered a recommendation from Creative Loafing Charlotte, including savory braciola, a slow-cooked steak stuffed with parsley, garlic, and parmesan cheese ($17.50) and broccoli rabe with sausage, in which the sweet extroversion of spiced meat complements the bitter, introspective mellowness of gourmet broccoli ($12).
Five Yelpers give Mamma Lena's a four-star average: