Food & Dining

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

My Kuya’s Unica Hija came home for the holidaze from her stint in Florence with her Italian boyfie. So mom thought of treating us to lunch & a bit of fun at the China Palace of Tagaytay Highlands. Whenever we have guests, Tagaytay Highlands is really our go-to place because well, it’s very clean & pollution-free will all those tall trees. It has a scenic view, and of course, the fine & exclusive restaurants within the area.


Ciao Pascuale! :P


One of our main staples, this Crystal Prawn with anchovy sauce. MUY DELIZIOSO! <3


Look at how BIG it is! <3 Oh so crunchy, oh so yummeh!

After the customary lunch, short tour & activities, the kids asked to visit the outlets in Nuvali, Laguna. It has become sort of our tradition to pass through whenever we drive home from Tagaytay. That, and they wanted to try MAMA LOU’s ITALIAN KITCHEN.

We actually have one right in BF Paranaque, the main branch. But BF is a maze I will never understand. And we were actually hungry following the afternoon activities & touring, even after a heavy lunch. Nakakapagod mag-entertain ha. Lalo na at Italyano ang kausap mo. What is nosebleed! #languagebarrier #signlanguage

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

– B1 L36 , Tropical Ave. cor Palace St. B.F International Village, Las Piñas (02) 519-1977
– Solenad 2, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa Laguna, Philippines  (+63 49) 302-0752; (+63 915) 789-6262
Mama Lou’s is owned by a French national, Richard Tremblay and his Filipina wife, the late MALOU whom the restaurant was named after. Read about their inspiring but bittersweet story HERE.
I’ve been hearing about it for the longest time, and reading about it in the Top 10 must visit list in the South by different bloggers. But it’s in a different part of BF than I am more accustomed to. So I never did get to set foot in the main branch. I believe the owners (father/daughter tandem) are really hands on there & actually man the business.
The one in Nuvali is, for me, easier to find. But after having tasted its Buttered Risotto, I may just waze & brave the way to BF one of these days! <3

The main branch in BF is cozier, homier. Like a house-turned-resto kind. This one in Nuvali has more of a resto-in-a-mall feel.


Based on the photos I googled, both have the same warm interiors & rustic feel.


It was a hard decision to make, choosing what food to eat, as we wanted to sample A LOT! @_@


As soon as you are seated, you are given a complimentary bread & dip of Pesto & Tomato.


Chef’s Salad 275 php. Fresh iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms and garlic sausage served with Italian vinaigrette dressing.


Raspberry Iced Tea, Strawberry Iced Tea, and Mama Lou’s Iced Tea (basil infused, in a mason jar). All 80 php/glass.


Buttered Risotto 295 php. Creamy Italian Arborio Rice with butter & parmesan cheese. IL MIGLIORE! <3


Next time, we’ll make sure to order ONE EACH!


I love pies baked fresh from the pugon. Nothing beats an authentic pugon-baked pizza! <3


Margherita Pizza. Tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Small (10″) 260.00 | Large (14″) 375.00 Add-on: Vegetable 40.00 Seafood 55.00 Meat 55.00 Cheese 60.00 Anchovy 60.00


Mama Lou’s Special Pizza. Tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto, mango, arugula, and balsamic cream. Small (10″) 350.00 | Large (14″) 450.00

To view a list of their menu, CLICK HERE. Mama Lou’s, we are SO not over! The GOppets shall return. And I promise you, with a bigger appetite than ever! :)
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  • Reply Noel Q.

    Masarap nga yang risotto nila! Yummmm!!! We also got one of their salads when we visited their BF Branch. Mahirap ngang hanapin!!! Pero cute yung place, mukhang bahay na converted to a resto. Very rustic.

    Masaya na ako kasi may branch na sila sa UP Town Center!!! Mas accessible sa amin dito sa probinsiya ng Pasig, hahaha…

    February 12, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      The KTG will go there next next week. So excited to see the main branch! And eat that yummy risotto again. :)

      February 12, 2015 at 8:09 am
      • Reply Noel Q.

        Hmmmm… ma-stalk nga kayo! Hingi akong autograph! hahaha…

        February 12, 2015 at 8:19 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          hahahahaha!! lezzgo!! ;)

          February 12, 2015 at 8:27 am
  • Reply med

    I often see this in Nuvali! I am a die-hard fan of LZM (to-die-for chicharon bulaklak) kasi kaya wiz ko pansin ang other restos in the area.

    February 12, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      omg Meding. I’m fine with Kap giving me chicharong bulaklak for valentines!!! <3

      February 12, 2015 at 8:25 am
  • Reply med

    But will surely give this a try since it’s S&S approved!Will take out chicharon bulaklak at gaga wing ulam with the risotto. LOL

    February 12, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      hahaha wow perfect pairing actually!! ;)) Magaya ka nga!!!

      February 12, 2015 at 8:26 am
  • Reply KassTastrophic

    I LAHV the homey feeling of the BF branch, but service is sometimes slower there compared to the Nuvali branch. Regardless, the food there is fantastic. Medyo #GoodbyeWaistline but so worth it!

    … at shempre napansin ko si GOwapo – leftie din pala sya like Ate? :P

    February 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      haha yes leftie silang pareho. Both highly intelligent. <3 Ako lang hinde ahahah!

      February 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Chesca Labaro

    omg. Another chance to see you kasama pa ibang KTG . Kaso baka closed naman sya for your event. Kakain talaga ako dyan kahit di ako nagugutom kontig tumbling lang naman from the house. Hahahaha

    February 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      No no not closed for event. Would love to see you Chesca! We will be there Feb 21 dinner I’ll intro you to the KTG :-*

      February 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply michconstantino

    that risotto makes my stomach go growling :O

    February 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      huhuhu don’t remind me!! Ang tagal pa ng next next weeeek!! :'(

      February 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply The Pickiest Eater

    The Risotto :D

    Oh, you have to try the BACON POUTINE as well!

    February 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you for introducing me to so many yummy things Richie! Know that you are 30% why I keep gaining weight hehe. Laters baby! :-*

      February 13, 2015 at 9:29 am
  • Reply edelweiza

    Nacurious ako sa butter risotto na yan ha! We went to Nuvali yesterday and we saw that resto. Daming tao, kaya pala madami masarap na food. Next time. :)

    February 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Super popular sya ngayon Edel kasi masarap na affordable pa. Hidden gem on BF pero ayaw na magpapigil sa popularity levelz! ;))

      February 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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