Unless you frequent Tucson’s Southeast neighborhoods by Davis Monthan Air Force Base, you may not be aware of Mama Louisa’s, an old-school Italian eatery. The family-owned restaurant has been serving up their traditional recipes in Tucson since 1956, meaning you have nearly 60 years of pasta to catch up on.
“It all starts at about 7am daily with fresh, homemade pastas…then, with care and attention, family members follow traditional Italian recipes, many brought to this country by our grandmother,” states the Mama Louisa’s website. “It takes time to prepare food this way, but it’s the only way we know how, it’s the only way we will do it.”
On December 1 at 6pm, chef Michael Elefante, formerly of the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain, is offering a surprisingly upscale four-course introduction to the restaurant. Elefante’s grandfather, Joseph Elefante Sr., was the original executive chef and owner of Mama Louisa’s.
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Each course, from Butternut Squash Risotto with Seared Scallops to Frangelico Creme Brûlée, will be paired with an appropriate wine. All for only $45 per person.
Mama Louisa’s Wine Dinner Menu
- St. Maria Greens, Cinnamon & Balsamic Poached Pear, Ricotta Salata, Walnut Brittle
- Wine Pairing – Blanc De Blue Sparkling Chardonnay
- Butternut Squash Risotto, Marscapone, Seared Scallops, Cranberry Gastrique, Micro Greens
- Wine Pairing – Terra D’Oro Chenin Blanc
- Porcini Mushroom Sacchetti, Brussels Leaves, Roasted Garlic Jus, Soppressata Tuile
- Wine Pairing – Angeline Pinot Noir
- Spumoni Terrine, Frangelico Creme Brulee
- Wine Pairing – Terro D’Oro Zinfandel Port
For more information, visit mamalouisas.com.