Located on a busy main road in East Sheen, South-West London is a little taste of Italy called Mamma Mia. The family-run restaurant was established back in the 70s and has been a favourite for locals and visitors to the area ever since.
As you enter, you cannot miss the huge floral centrepiece. The ambient, low-lit dining area immediately feels warm and welcoming, as do the staff, who are attentive and friendly from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. On the burgundy-coloured back wall, wine bottles are displayed upon high shelves, and dotted all around the restaurant are framed pictures, some of which are signed photos of past celebrity diners, some of Italian scenes. There is also a garden area to enjoy in the summer months.
The menu is a mixture of pasta and meat dishes, and is everything you'd expect of a traditional Italian; homemade beef lasagne (£7.90), spaghetti with sweet chilli, garlic and clams (£8.50), baby chicken grilled with rosemary (£9.50), and grilled fillet steak (£17.90) are just a few of the main-meal offerings. To season your food, the waiter presents a giant pepper mill that is bigger than a bottle of wine.
Talking of wine, there is an array of choices to help you wash down your meal. You can see the full food menu - including a tasty range of antipasti and delicious desserts - on the restaurant's website.
Overall, the restaurant is relaxed and great value - if you're in the area, it's definitely worth a visit. Buses run regularly along the Upper Richmond Road towards either Richmond or Putney, and Mortlake train station is a five minute walk away.