Wednesday, 7 August 2013

La Mamma Closed For Renovations


Central Road’s most famous Italian restaurant, la Mamma, has closed for between one and a half and two months while it undergoes a full renovation. The restaurant which features in the picture at the top of this blog has graced Central Road for 13 years and this is the first time it has closed for refurbishment in that time.
The sign on the door

After the works are complete, La Mamma will be expanding its business to include a coffee shop and brasserie which will be opening at 8am, serving coffee, cake, patisseries, and other fare expected to found in such an establishment. The restaurant will also continue as normal in the newly refurbished premises.

A few people have contacted the blog expressing concern that La Mamma had closed. The notice on the door did say that they would be back soon but didn’t make it clear where, when or why.

This blog hasn't been historically impressed by the quality of the food at La Mamma, however this is an opportunity for a new start and in true Worcester Park spirit I want to give one of our own another chance to shine. Especially as there will be a tempting new range to enjoy come morning snack time.

The owner hopes to be opening again around the beginning of October and hopes people will come and enjoy the grand opening when it happens. We will keep you posted…


15 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

borisranting said...

re-opening at beginning of May??

Worcester Park Blogger said...

That should have read "October" (and does now).

Jules said...

not a good time to close surely? when the weather is good and people eat out when its still light?? I wonder if more os going on?

Sarah said...

I knew he wanted to do the refurb but bad time to close during the summer when its exactly the kind of establishment people want to choose to eat

Guest said...

Maybe after 13 years, the owner feels they could do with a summer holiday?

Mandi said...

I find your comment about the food being average interesting...I used to eat there regularly but eventually stopped going as the quality of the meals declined. I do hope the menu is improved when they re-open :)

WP food lover said...

I really hope the refurbished version goes well - the staff were always lovely but I stopped going there as the food was so inconsistent - good meal one visit, awful the next, the final time we visited was new years eve a few years ago - terrible food! I want to support local businesses so will give it a go again when they re-open.... but if the first meal isn't up to scratch I won't be going again!

Nichu said...

Been once, was mediocre. Good location and looks really appealing though, even before the renovation. I might give it another try if nothing else to demonstrate to other WP shopkeepers that the appearance of their business is important.

Does anyone know about the toy shop opening near the sushi place that wasn't? I'm so excited.

WP Diner said...

Let's also hope the improvements are not just to the décor and quality of the food but also the hygiene standards. As reported in the local Guardian, Worcester Park is the third least hygienic place to eat in UK. La mamma is no exception scoring only 1/5 - major improvement necessary - in the Food Hygiene ranks: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/430840.

Barry Cullum said...

Went
there once.... Food average, service apathetic, piped music all
Spanish, very disappointed..... Don't think a lick of paint is going to
improve this restaurant.
Definitely won't be going there again..... Much better Italian restaurants about.

Bad Joke said...

When he comes back, it might have turned into a mosque....lol

Minnaloushe said...

To those saying the food was bad, I'd give La Mamma another chance. We used to go often and then the chef changed and the quality of the food went downhill. BUT we eventually went back again a while later when we were feeling particularly lazy and it turned out that they've changed the chef again and now it's back to being very good food. So it's possible you went during the long bad-chef period and you might like it now!

DP said...

Agreed, give them a second chance! We have just moved to WP and La Mamma has been great both times we dined. Friendly staff and tasty food. Looking forward to visiting them when they open in a few months!

DH said...

Perhaps the closure is related to the One Star (out of 5) Food Hygiene Rating they achieved at their last inspection. One Star means 'major improvement necessary'

Billy Bunter said...

Ryan Gate & Sheesh Mangal both managed ZERO stars (out of 5).
You would have thought, (on the basis that it was impossible for them to be any worse), that they would have been forcibly closed down on the day of the inspection.

[Assuming, of course, the inspector survived the experience].

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