I headed to Mamma Roma for a pre-theatre bite to eat with my mum before seeing Elvis. Think Elvis is dead? Go see Shawn Klush!
My mum can be a little fussy so I let her take the lead on the dinner choice – Mamma Roma’s was her selection. The set pre-theatre menu was just £16.95 for three courses which included coffee. It’s a traditional kind of place, I think I saw a sign saying it’s been there since 1995. It’s a competitive area down by the Playhouse, and Mamma Roma’s is obviously holding its own.
Mum started with the Prawn Cocktail, served sensibly, on a plate. The week before we had been at Tutto Matto (which I was going to feature but they’ve changed their menu and no longer feature either of the dishes we had) where the prawn cocktail was served in what looked like a beer glass. I think the person plating must have gotten confused over which kind of glass he/she was supposed to serve it in. Anyway, Mum was happy with this version.
I had a simple Caprese Salad, you can’t go wrong with that.
We were surprised to discover that the pre-theatre menu included Scaloppine Al Marsala Veal. A veal dish cooked with mushrooms, sweet wine marsala and a touch of cream. Veal is my mum’s favourite and she was really impressed with this version.
I swithered over getting the veal myself, but instead decided to go for the Pollo Asparagi e Parma – chicken breast wrapped with asparagus and Parma ham, cooked with cream and parmigiano cheese. It was really delicious, and while I thought Tutto Matto was great value, I found the whole experience at Mamma Roma much more welcoming.
We both had the Tiramisu (pictured at the top) for dessert, along with some coffee.
It was a lovely meal and we’d certainly go back if we were going to the Playhouse again.
Location: 4/7 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, Eh1 3NH
Price: £16.95 for three course pre-theatre menu
Good for: Traditional Italian food in a welcoming family friendly environment