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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
I try to be a positive person, to search out the best in each situation. Mamma's Cucina , a Hampden restaurant that serves Italian fare, makes that a challenge. Nothing there is remarkably bad, but neither is it exceptional. It is mostly in the middle. The restaurant's location, in a distant corner of the Greenspring Tower Shopping Center off 41st Street, is not that winning. But it does have a lot of parking. The interior of the restaurant is off-putting, stuck between a cafeteria and a sit-down restaurant.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Heavy Seas will have its name in lights at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the casino under construction on Russell Street. On Friday, Horseshoe announced that a Heavy Seas tavern will be among five Maryland-based vendors in its first-floor casual-dining area, which it's calling the Baltimore Marketplace. The casino said the other Baltimore Marketplace vendors would include Lenny's Deli, which has locations in Harborplace, on Lombard Street and in Owings Mills; the Greenspring Station restaurant Tark's Grill , which will be represented at the casino by a casual bistro named Tark's at the 'Shoe; the Towson-based pizza-by-the-slice chain Mamma Ilardo's , which will introduce a new personal-size pizza concept named Pie-Zetta; and the Mallow Bar , a "crispy treat dessert cafe" specializing in homemade marshmallow treats.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | August 27, 2006
When we split up in 1982, I thought this was it. I thought you would hear an ABBA song played every here and there and now and then, but not any more than that."
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
Paul DeBoy may have a genetic inclination toward the stage. The Baltimore-born actor, starring in the national touring production of the perennially popular musical "Mamma Mia" that hits the Hippodrome this weekend, first revealed the tendency during his early years growing up in Woodlawn. "My brother used to write plays that I performed in the backyard," said DeBoy, 56. "They were basically rip-offs of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.' We did them during muscular dystrophy [fundraising]
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By Bruce Friedland | August 10, 1991
TRATTORIA MAMMA LAURA 478 A Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 544-9977. Is there really a Mamma Laura padding around in the kitchen, mincing garlic and grating Parmesan cheese? Who knows. But there can be little doubt about the pride this upscale carryout takes in its ethnic menu."Everybody can make pizza and Italian food," the menu states, "but to make it right you've got to be Italian, or learn from an Italian."
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By Jacques Kelly | April 2, 2008
Maria Monaldi, the booking agent for her sons' Monaldi Brothers Band who was known as Mamma Monaldi, died of a respiratory ailment March 25 at Mercy Medical Center. The Little Italy resident was 86. Born in Maria Vidi in Pinzolo, Italy, in the Dolomite Alps, she came to Baltimore in 1935 with her mother. She attended St. Leo's Parochial School and joined a family business, Vidi Brothers Grinding Service, after her older brothers were drafted for military service during World War II. "She jumped right in with her younger brother, Nilo, to help and learned how to sharpen and hone knives," said her daughter, Rosanna M. Biscotti of Severna Park.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | November 22, 1991
Cal Ripken sure had it right when he toasted his selection as American League Most Valuable Player Tuesday with a champagne flute filled with milk."The milk people are going to love this," Ripken exclaimed.Boy, did they ever.Less than 48 hours after the Ripken tribute, the wholesome toast was being re-aired in local television and newspaper advertisements sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Milk Marketing Association [MAMMA], which is based in Towson.W.B. Doner, a Baltimore advertising agency and MAMMA's publicist, produced the ads after its executives saw the Ripken toast on Tuesday and immediately recognized its potential.
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November 11, 1991
Mamma Lucia's Restaurant will open a new location in Annapolis at the Harbour Shopping Center on Route 2.The restaurant, located in the new complex that contains a multiscreen movie theater, several restaurants and a variety of stores, will feature the same menu items asthe other location in Annapolis. It will donate a portion of its profits to the Annapolis Unit of the American Cancer Society's local education programs and services for cancer patients, including research.The proceeds for the first year will be about $10,000, restaurantowners predicted.
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May 6, 2004
`Mamma Mia!' ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus had no idea they were writing the score for a musical when they wrote such 1970s pop hits as "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Name of the Game." But five years ago, playwright Catherine Johnson wove two dozen ABBA songs into a narrative about the efforts of a bride-to-be to learn her father's identity. The result was the hit musical Mamma Mia!, which opens a three-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre Tuesday. Sara Kramer portrays the bride; Lauren Mufson plays her mother, Donna; and E. Faye Butler (familiar to Baltimore audiences from her performances in Dinah Was and Ain't Misbehavin' at Center Stage)
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December 4, 1997
The following are excerpts from state Sen. Larry Young's news conference yesterday:"I don't know nothing else, to be honest with you. I just happened to learn this particular area of health care. I make no apologies for it. I have studied that and studied it, and I am good at it.""I am just, if you will, biblically speaking, I'm John the Baptist on a bigger agenda.""I will be meeting with the president of the Senate, I believe, next week. If he finds that there is an area there that I have to make an improvement on, I will certainly take it on with my counsel, Mr. [George L.]
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By John Lindner, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Dining adventures at Gateway Overlook begin in the parking lot. In true Columbia fashion, one doesn't so much drive through as wend around. With a big-box centerpiece, this mall also has satellite buildings, many filled with restaurants. Lots of cars, no grid. Pack your GPS. Mamma Lucia resides in the same section as the more easily spotted Trader Joe's. Like its neighbors, Mama Lucia is a chain, a regional one started in Rockville. Its owners advertise "down home Italian cooking" and hefty portions.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
I try to be a positive person, to search out the best in each situation. Mamma's Cucina , a Hampden restaurant that serves Italian fare, makes that a challenge. Nothing there is remarkably bad, but neither is it exceptional. It is mostly in the middle. The restaurant's location, in a distant corner of the Greenspring Tower Shopping Center off 41st Street, is not that winning. But it does have a lot of parking. The interior of the restaurant is off-putting, stuck between a cafeteria and a sit-down restaurant.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | November 26, 2009
Only cool-tempered Swedes could take a hot-blooded Italian expression like "Mamma mia" (imagine Anna Magnani saying it) and use it without any syllabic stress in a light, snappy song, as if the value of the two words derived from their alliterative appeal alone. But Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson knew just what they were doing in generating that song, and a whole bunch like it, for their famed group ABBA. The way those guys could match any string of words to magnetic melodic hooks proved magical in the 1970s and early 1980s, leading to a pop music phenomenon of global proportions.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 25, 2009
Only cool-tempered Swedes could take a hot-blooded Italian expression like "Mamma mia" (imagine Anna Magnani saying it) and use it without any syllabic stress in a light, snappy song, as if the value of the two words derived from their alliterative appeal alone. But Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson knew just what they were doing in generating that song, and a whole bunch like it, for their famed group ABBA. The way those guys could match any string of words to magnetic melodic hooks proved magical in the 1970s and early '80s, leading to a pop music phenomenon of global proportions.
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By TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | July 21, 2008
Mamma Mia!, the international stage musical? It's selling out, SRO, in its normal manner. For years I've been quoted in endless ads as saying this show is "the most fun on Broadway." A lot of insiders tut-tutted this and are already looking askance at the film. But now I can add that this phenomenon will be the most fun for summer movie fans as well. And if you didn't like the super angst and materialism of Sex and the City, here you'll find three female friends (and one daughter) who are charming and also good-hearted, giddy and able to take a joke on themselves and their genre.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | July 18, 2008
Mamma Mia!, the film of the international stage smash showcasing the greatest hits of ABBA, is like a party where everyone is so desperate to have a good time that it makes you miserable. With Meryl Streep as a former pop-rock star who now runs a decaying Greek tourist hotel and Christine Baranski and Julie Walters as her ex-band mates, the movie has a set of actresses who can sing and dance. But you won't be able to gauge their skill from the evidence here. The director, Phyllida Lloyd, encourages them to embellish their tunes with campy humor or belt them at the top of their lungs.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Sun Staff Writer | October 7, 1994
A star was born. And born. And born. And born.It was lights, camera and a lot of action as 10-month-old quadruplets Caitlin, Zachary, Melanie and Scott Poole made their acting debut yesterday. The quads, who live in Mount Airy in Carroll County, mostly gurgled and drooled their way through a day's worth of shooting and reshooting for a 30-second milk commercial -- and threw cumulatively fewer tantrums than the professional actors they normally work with, crew members agreed.The commercial, which will begin airing early next year, is for the Middle Atlantic Milk Marketing Association, aptly acronym-ed "MAMMA."
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By Kirsten A. Conover and Kirsten A. Conover,Christian Science Monitor | July 14, 1991
Watertown, Mass. -- Ask Margaret and Franco Romagnoli about America's love affair with Italian food and they'll say it's good -- and bad.Good, because their favorite cuisine is now one of America's favorites. Bad, because America's idea of Italian food is a little, well, overdone.Mr. Romagnoli refers to it as his "car-fin theory." Like the cars that sported tail fins in the 1950s, "Italian cooking now has become so faddish," he says, with people adding extras."We've been terribly conscious of authenticity," says Ms. Romagnoli, while being interviewed with her husband at their home.
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By Jacques Kelly | April 2, 2008
Maria Monaldi, the booking agent for her sons' Monaldi Brothers Band who was known as Mamma Monaldi, died of a respiratory ailment March 25 at Mercy Medical Center. The Little Italy resident was 86. Born in Maria Vidi in Pinzolo, Italy, in the Dolomite Alps, she came to Baltimore in 1935 with her mother. She attended St. Leo's Parochial School and joined a family business, Vidi Brothers Grinding Service, after her older brothers were drafted for military service during World War II. "She jumped right in with her younger brother, Nilo, to help and learned how to sharpen and hone knives," said her daughter, Rosanna M. Biscotti of Severna Park.
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