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Eggplant Parmigiana, Fried Calamari and Mamma's Baked Lasagna

“Come back home to Mamma” and indulge in robust Italian flavors deeply inspired by one Calabrian mother’s cooking.

Mamma Luciana’s in College Point is dishing out meals from its brick oven pizzeria and kitchen that are heavily inspired by owner Rob’s mother, Luciana.

 

“Our recipes started from my mom,” Rob said. “Her meatballs are to die for.”

Rob and his siblings are first-generation Americans. After moving here from Calabria, he and his siblings grew up together in Little Italy and Manhattan, and later moved to College Point.

“You can come in here and get anything from a slice, to a black Angus burger, to a panini, to a fried calamari,” he continued. “We have a whole, diverse menu.”

According to Rob, the restaurant’s $1 slices and $10 pizza pies have been a huge hit in the time since opening six months ago.

“It’s going awesome,” Rob said. “We opened up this 40-seat restaurant for this area because it needed a real brick oven pizzeria and restaurant.

“We want to invite people to come and sit down and dine-in,” he continued.

Head chef Humberto Cazeres  — who has more than 40 years’ cooking experience — and executive chef Ricky Ramkissoon can be found working hard in the kitchen making homemade, fresh sauce every day and serving up staples from the menu as well as coming up with new, exciting specials for customers every day.

Signature dishes include an Italian-style paella, 8 oz. black Angus burger, baked lasagna, chicken or veal Staiano — which features prosciutto di Parma, fresh mozzarella and a rich red Marsala wine sauce — and, of course, Mamma’s meatballs.

“This is not just a pizzeria,” Rob said. “It’s an all-around Italian restaurant. ”

The restaurant also serves beer and wine and offers on and off-site catering, boasting an expansive catering menu and a private party room, which seats up to 100 guests. Delivery and curbside pick-up is also available. As for parking, there’s a nearby municipal parking lot, as well as street parking.

Mamma Luciana’s is located at 15-11 College Point Blvd and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m until 10 p.m on Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call 718-445-6262 to order or for more information.

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