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Celebrating 33 Years • 1989 - 2022
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Hours of Operation:
Mon.–Thurs., 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Fri., 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Sat., 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.     Sun., Closed

1350 Dorsey Road (Rt. 176)
Hanover, MD 21076

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Italian Restaurant

Here's The Story And The Testimonials To Back It Up

My name is Francesco D’Antona, the lovely couple to the left are my parents – Lydia and Dominick. My dad calls me Frank and my mom calls me Frankie; I’m fine with any of the three. I have three older brothers: Nicholas, Anthony and Dominick; they answer to Nick, Tony, and Don (his middle name). Growing up in our house, we could have been called any of the above. You will notice our parents are eating cheese steaks. Occasionally, my dad will order Calamari Fra diovolo over linguini, but most of the time it’s cheese steaks when they eat at the restaurant. Why? Because they can eat great Italian food at home, that’s why.

Mom and dad are both great cooks and my brothers and I are very lucky to have had the pleasure of home cooked Italian meals all our lives. It was not unusual for my parents to be feeding friends of ours at dinner – there was always plenty of food.

30 Years In Business

2019 marks our 30th year in business. It’s hard for me to grasp that I have been an owner here now for more than half my life. I started bussing tables back in 1977 for my father at the Italian Delight restaurant in Golden Ring Mall which was located in Baltimore County. Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees brings back a lot of great memories of working in the kitchen with the radio blaring. Tony, Don and I worked at different family locations around Maryland and we finally opened Cantina Mamma Lucia in 1989.

Much of the success here has to do with our amazing customers. Richard Berzinski (the tallest in this picture) is one and he, like so many, feel that this is a home away from home. Having worked at restaurants from Bethesda to White Marsh, I can easily say that our customers are the best by far. Another reason is that we still hold on to the values my father taught me in the business over 40 years ago. They revolve around making the customer feel good about doing business with you. This is our goal and we take every opportunity to let you know that your business is appreciated and we are grateful. Try and notice next time how often you here us say, “Thank you”. Notice how often you hear it when you shop elsewhere. It’s a lost practice.

Of course, it involves more than just saying the words. It takes a commitment day in and day out to provide the best service and quality food we can. Being an independent, family owned restaurant we can do that. It also takes us giving back to our customers. Not only are we active in the community feeding the homeless every month through Praise-N-Thunder Outreach Ministries, but also we like to mark each milestone by an event to show our appreciation. See the photos of each in the gallery section. Other events included our Italian Culture Series and Italian cooking classes, which we had my cousin Teresa fly in from Italy to teach.
Some of our customers have been eating here for decades and now their children’s children are eating here. It is not unusual for them to say that we are part of their family; they are certainly part of ours. We have room for you at our table and we have plenty of food.

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"I have been eating at Mamma's every Tuesday for the past 14.5 years. Additionally, I have also eaten at Mamma's 3 to 4 more times a month, some times with clients. I have used Mamma's on several occasions to cater affairs, sometimes for as many as 100 people. Over the course of my culinary experiences with Mamma's, I have found the following: The quality of the food has been consistently great...never had a bad meal; abundant portions; always friendly staff regardless of what position they hold, it is clean; meals are served expediently; large, easy access parking lot adjacent to the restaurant; safe; and with all these attributes, the prices are significantly reasonable. If Mamma's were a pyramid club, I'd be a wealthy man, for, everyone I have taken there continues to patronize it and they inturn have introduced others to Mamma's. As my Godmother always said, 'Try everything legal once'. If you haven't tried it, you owe yourself the dining pleasure and don't be surprised if, after which, you find yourself joining the many frequent diners at Mamma's of Dorsey Road.
—Richard B

"I placed a catering pickup order for a Sunday. I was so impressed that someone agreed to meet with me on his day off in order to fill my order. I received so many rave reviews from guests at my daughter’s graduation party on the food. Always a pleasure doing business with Mamma Lucia!!"
—Karen, Baltimore, Maryland

"We order from Mamma Lucia's quite frequently for work lunches. Everything on their menu is delicious and reasonably priced."
—Richard, Baltimore, Maryland

"We love going to Mama's and had just as nice experience with carryout as well. Everything was warm and delicious and ready to go. Definitely, recommend for your next party."
—Jocelyn, Columbia, Maryland

"We continue to be very impressed and satisfied with the catering that Cantina Mamma Lucia provides. As long as we are satisfied, we will continue to use them!! Keep it up!"
—Gloria, Elkridge, Maryland

"The meals at Cantina Mamma Lucia's are always delicious, and the service is spectacular. I usually do pick up, and I'm always greeted with a smile when I arrive. Any mistakes are quickly and kindly resolved."
—Kimberly, Severn, Maryland

"We were from Boston and needed a caterer for our daughter graduation of USNA. Cantina Mamma Lucia was recommended to us by our hotel. All our guest commented on how great the food was. They did not try to over sell. We also had them supply us with a waiter who was the most accommodating and polite individual I have every dealt with. He was very inventive to all our guest making sure they had everything they needed."—Gail, Hanover, Maryland

"Cantina Mamma Lucia consistently serves some of the best food you'll ever have. They have a clean, beautiful restaurant, and genuinely friendly staff. We are a frequent catering customer and are never disappointed."
—Kelley, Hanover, Maryland

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