MAMMA LUCIA ITALIAN EATERY 3240 Greenmount Ave. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. (410) 889-1033.
Mamma Lucia's is as close to a New York pizza joint that you can get in this town. Located at the corner of Greenmount and 33rd Street, the restaurant has the feel of a Brooklyn pizza shop.
The atmosphere is set off with an Italian soccer banner and red, green and white colors. And it's not uncommon to hear Mike, one of the owners, and his brothers talking to each other in Italian.
Try a slice of pizza for $1.20. The large slices are available in cheese, vegetarian or pepperoni. The vegetarian pizza is especially noteworthy. It's topped with garlic, spinach, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Though it was slightly greasy, the cheese and tomato sauce make it a pizza you'll want to have again.
Hot and cold subs are available too. The 8-inch Italian cold cut ($3.85) is packed with a variety of lunch meats and easily serves two people with an average appetite. Other varieties include chicken parmigiana ($3.85), ham and cheese ($3.85) and tuna ($3.80).
If you're really hungry, order one of the whopper footlong sandwiches.
There are plenty of other items on the menu to satisfy your taste buds. The broccoli and cheese calzone ($3.15) is yummy and filling. The crust is too doughy but is filled with a delicious combination of broccoli and cheese and covered with a spicy tomato sauce.
There are also full-scale dinners such as fettuccine alfredo ($5.75) and homemade stuffed shells ($5.40). These are served with salad and garlic bread.
One of the best reasons to visit this clean and efficient eatery is that a family of four can get food for under $15 to take home for video-watching nights.