Many pastas are named for the objects they resemble, such as seashells, elbows, wheels, and Silvio Berlusconi. Sample shapely entrees with today’s Groupon to Mamma Lucia Restaurant’s eight locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of dinner.<p>
Mamma Lucia Restaurant’s teams of expert chefs craft rustic and contemporary Italian dishes from heirloom family recipes for lunch and dinner. Tomato sauce, ground veal, and a splash of cream swirl atop hearty egg noodles in the fettuccine alla bolognese ($10.50 at lunch, $14.50 at dinner), and melted mozzarella moors veal medallions within a deluge of crabmeat and cream sauce amid waves of fettuccine in the della baia ($15.50 at lunch, $22.50 at dinner). The pollo alla francese’s chicken breasts ($12.50 at lunch, $18.50 at dinner) argue with egg batter over who came first before chefs sauté them both in lemon-and-white-wine sauce and ribbons of imported parmigiano cheese. Diners can pair glasses from Mamma Lucia’s extensive wine list with the linguine vongole’s fresh clams in light marinara or white-wine sauce ($13.50 for lunch, $21.50 for dinner), or re-create their favorite Rothko paintings with alfredo sauce on the blank canvas of a New York–style white pizza ($14.50–$17.50, available at lunch and dinner).
Owners Bruno and Jimmy fill Mamma Lucia’s kitchen with housemade Italian family recipes. At each of the six locations, chefs mix and match myriad pastas and sauces such as penne in pink sauce or chicken pesto ravioli in a creamy pesto sauce. Chicken and veal can be dipped in egg and sautéed in a lemon-and-wine sauce or prepared in any of 15 other ways. In the dining room, servers happily deliver New York–style pizzas to tables or to passing taxicabs full of lost Brooklyn residents.