Cantina Mamma Lucia

Casual Italian in an outlet mall.

March 2004 Dirt Cheap Eats

Shop till you drop at the Arundel Mills outlet mall and see a movie at its massive multiplex, but eat around the corner at Cantina Mamma Lucia. Two people can order house salads ($1.95), share a pasta entrée ($6.95 to $8.95), have two glasses of house wine ($3.95 each), and split a dessert cannoli ($2.45) for less than $30 total.

As at many New York-style pizza places, you'll find wooden booths with green tabletops. You serve yourself, but it's still romantic: Couples can share a bottle of Italian wine ($8.95 on Wednesday nights) and twirl each other's pasta around their forks. Mamma's tomato sauce tastes like–well, mama's tomato sauce. It makes everything from the pizza (16-inch for $10.95) to the calzones and strombolis ($4.75 each) and the chicken parmigiana sub ($5.95) taste like good Italian grub in Brooklyn.

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