Mamma Rosy, The Place to Taste Homemade Cooking of A Genuine Italian Family

We found another Italian restaurant in town! This time, it's rather interesting because it's run by Italian family along with some Indonesian partners, and based on its website, I believe the recipes that they use are hereditary since three generations. Mamma Rosy is owned by Daniel Vigone, and in case you're wondering, yes, he named the restaurant after his mom's name, Rosy, who now also acts as the house's main chef. Which is why I felt a hint of genuine motherly love being poured into every food she made. I've read somewhere that this restaurant is actually adopted from Daniel's family restaurant in Milan, Caffe Vergnano, which was established since 1882 and managed from generation to generations. I salute his idea of bringing Italy closer to us Jakartans through Mamma Rosy's simple cooking & heart-warming foods.

Located in the hearts of Kemang, Mamma Rosy occupies an amazing house that used to be an art gallery, with some influence of Javanese & Balinese culture. That explains the paintings, sculptures and most of the decoration elements both indoor & outdoors.

The most important thing is, Mamma Rosy wants you to feel at home — both through the laid-back ambiance and homemade foods. 

I went there on a Saturday afternoon, hoping that Kemang's traffic would still be kind enough (and luckily it was :). There were 8 of us, and although all of us had our lunch & promised to order only few dishes to try out, we just..... couldn't. We ended up ordering 13-course meal with desserts, and decided to share every thing, lol. So much for an early dinner, huh? Gotta feel lucky to have found such 'impeccable' eating buddies like them :p Now let's dig in.

ANTIPASTI / APPETIZERS

This is a compulsory service in almost every Italian restaurant I've visited. Free bucket of fresh homemade breads, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It's great for snacking, but mind the extra calories.

This is a compulsory service in almost every Italian restaurant I've visited. Free bucket of fresh homemade breads, with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It's great for snacking, but mind the extra calories.

INSALATA GRECA (IDR 44k). I have to say that this is definitely one super good looking salad, beautifully presented as if it came out of Nigella's cookbook. A warming Greek salad with feta cheese, black olives and lots of freshly grated peppercorn that just boosts the flavor; with adequate & well-balanced dressing that's just not overpowering. LOVE! Will try other salad next time for comparison, if it fails then I guess I'll stick with this one as a perfect appetizer choice!

INSALATA GRECA (IDR 44k). I have to say that this is definitely one super good looking salad, beautifully presented as if it came out of Nigella's cookbook. A warming Greek salad with feta cheese, black olives and lots of freshly grated peppercorn that just boosts the flavor; with adequate & well-balanced dressing that's just not overpowering. LOVE! Will try other salad next time for comparison, if it fails then I guess I'll stick with this one as a perfect appetizer choice!

POLPO CON PATATE (IDR 44k), fresh octopus with garlic potatoes and fresh parsley in extra virgin olive oil. I admit, we ordered it because we never had octopus in Italian restaurants, and so we were curious. Turns out that this just doesn't serve well in our palate.  It's way too acidic, they probably squeezed out too many lemon juices. I hardly taste the garlic in potatoes, and the octopus were nothing but small chunks in cute pale pink. Looks appetizing on camera, though.

POLPO CON PATATE (IDR 44k), fresh octopus with garlic potatoes and fresh parsley in extra virgin olive oil. I admit, we ordered it because we never had octopus in Italian restaurants, and so we were curious. Turns out that this just doesn't serve well in our palate.  It's way too acidic, they probably squeezed out too many lemon juices. I hardly taste the garlic in potatoes, and the octopus were nothing but small chunks in cute pale pink. Looks appetizing on camera, though.

RISOTTI

RISOTTO AI FUNGHI (IDR 79k). I am still on the quest of finding the perfect risotto in Jakarta. Mamma Rosy did a great job on making rich creamy risotto, but somehow I thought it was a tad few seconds undercooked. My friend says that this is exactly how risotto should be, al dente - and still have that firm crunch that offers a little resistance to your teeth. So you just gotta try this yourself! Next time I'm coming here, I heard their Risotto Gorgonzola & Risotto Roquefort tends to be people's choice. So I'm not giving up on my quest just yet :)

RISOTTO AI FUNGHI (IDR 79k). I am still on the quest of finding the perfect risotto in Jakarta. Mamma Rosy did a great job on making rich creamy risotto, but somehow I thought it was a tad few seconds undercooked. My friend says that this is exactly how risotto should be, al dente - and still have that firm crunch that offers a little resistance to your teeth. So you just gotta try this yourself! Next time I'm coming here, I heard their Risotto Gorgonzola & Risotto Roquefort tends to be people's choice. So I'm not giving up on my quest just yet :)

PASTA

Now we're moving on to Pasta. What I really like from Mamma Rosy is, they made it simple. Usually when I go to Italian restaurants I get stuck in their pasta menus for a ridiculously LONG time, just because they aren't so organized and we had to ask the waiters back and forth only to get ourselves ordered what they recommended, eventually. Sigh. 

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But here in Mamma Rosy they eliminate all the fuss of pricing, all of their pasta selections are priced IDR 69k, except for Carbonara it's IDR 89k. You could go for oven-baked pasta such as Canneloni and Lasagna, or choose from the a la carte section. Only two steps: select your pasta, and then select your sauce. They classified their pasta into Dry (Spaghetti, Penne, Linguine & Fusilli) and Freshly made ones (Ravioli, Gnocchi, Tagliatelle). The sauce is pretty much simple too, they only have 7 different kinds of sauce as seen above. You can see the detail menu here.

CANNELLONI (IDR 69k). Their pasta tubes are freshly made, and the ragu' is super tasty with generous meat in it. It also contains firm chunks of spinach and there's a slight hint of nutmeg flavor. Thickly coated in surroundings by generous amount of grated parmesan, this is definitely an Italian comfort food.

CANNELLONI (IDR 69k). Their pasta tubes are freshly made, and the ragu' is super tasty with generous meat in it. It also contains firm chunks of spinach and there's a slight hint of nutmeg flavor. Thickly coated in surroundings by generous amount of grated parmesan, this is definitely an Italian comfort food.

LASAGNA (IDR 69k). Similar to Canneloni, except that Canneloni uses pasta tube while Lasagna is stacked after layers of flat pasta alternating with ragu, besciamella cream and parmesan. Personally, I'd prefer Canneloni.

LASAGNA (IDR 69k). Similar to Canneloni, except that Canneloni uses pasta tube while Lasagna is stacked after layers of flat pasta alternating with ragu, besciamella cream and parmesan. Personally, I'd prefer Canneloni.

LINGUINE VONGOLE (IDR 69k). I was expecting the usual knowledgeable Vongole version I know: with messy clam shells tucked in every noodle strands here and there, looks vigorously inviting. But let's face the fact: We don't eat the clam shells, do we? So I guess Mamma Rosy truly cooks from a mother's perspective, she wants you to eat at ease without the hassle of getting rid of opened shells. Result: you get plentiful tiny clams every time you fork along your linguine. For me, this needs more seasoning because I find them a bit bland - so I added chili flakes hence.

LINGUINE VONGOLE (IDR 69k). I was expecting the usual knowledgeable Vongole version I know: with messy clam shells tucked in every noodle strands here and there, looks vigorously inviting. But let's face the fact: We don't eat the clam shells, do we? So I guess Mamma Rosy truly cooks from a mother's perspective, she wants you to eat at ease without the hassle of getting rid of opened shells. Result: you get plentiful tiny clams every time you fork along your linguine. For me, this needs more seasoning because I find them a bit bland - so I added chili flakes hence.

GNOCCHI AI FUNGHI (IDR 69k). Now behold. Their gnocchi is superb! It's the perfect texture I was looking for in gnocchi. This potato dumplings coated with cream and mushrooms was one of the highlight of our visit to Mamma Rosy. Next time I'll go with ragu', perhaps.

GNOCCHI AI FUNGHI (IDR 69k). Now behold. Their gnocchi is superb! It's the perfect texture I was looking for in gnocchi. This potato dumplings coated with cream and mushrooms was one of the highlight of our visit to Mamma Rosy. Next time I'll go with ragu', perhaps.

Ravioli Bianco (IDR 69k). This is spinach and beef stuffed ravioli in Bianco sauce, simply extra virgin olive oil with parmesan. Simplicity at its best. I really like the texture of their ravioli, it's cooked perfectly al dente and at the right chewiness, also the fillings are tasty too. It's easily becoming our favorite ;)   -- About the picture: I just realized that I forgot to take pic of this particular dish, lol. Special thanks to Ichil from Ingredients of Life (http://www.ioflife.com), who is kind enough to let me put up one above. Credits belong to the respective owner.

Ravioli Bianco (IDR 69k). This is spinach and beef stuffed ravioli in Bianco sauce, simply extra virgin olive oil with parmesan. Simplicity at its best. I really like the texture of their ravioli, it's cooked perfectly al dente and at the right chewiness, also the fillings are tasty too. It's easily becoming our favorite ;) 

-- About the picture: I just realized that I forgot to take pic of this particular dish, lol. Special thanks to Ichil from Ingredients of Life (http://www.ioflife.com), who is kind enough to let me put up one above. Credits belong to the respective owner.

TAGLIATELLE PESTO (IDR 69k). Let me start with the fresh homemade tagliatelle. It's soft and cooked just about right. Now let's talk about the pesto. The strong flavor of basil toned down with the earthy flavor of pinoles, and it comes in  rich creamy texture thanks to both pecorino & parmesan. In my opinion it beats Signora's pesto, hands down. I wish they sold their pesto sauce in a jar, I'd be the first to buy.

TAGLIATELLE PESTO (IDR 69k). Let me start with the fresh homemade tagliatelle. It's soft and cooked just about right. Now let's talk about the pesto. The strong flavor of basil toned down with the earthy flavor of pinoles, and it comes in  rich creamy texture thanks to both pecorino & parmesan. In my opinion it beats Signora's pesto, hands down. I wish they sold their pesto sauce in a jar, I'd be the first to buy.

PIZZA

Mamma Rosy offers 2 (two) type of pizza: Traditional Pizza and Fusion Pizza. Traditional such as Margherita, Barese (with onions & capers), Napoletana (with anchovies & black olives), Zenese (for vegetarians), Frutti di Mare (seafood), Quatto Formaggi (4 cheeses), etc. For Fusion, there are only two: Aglio Olio & Cabe, and Karnivora (meat lovers). All priced in IDR 70k-119k range.

We didn't really focusing on pizza that's why at the time we only ordered the very traditional one, MARGHERITA PIZZA (IDR 70k). It's good enough, not too crispy base so your teeth won't struggle much upon biting, and the tomato sauce is fragrant with oregano, complements the melted mozzarella very well.  

We didn't really focusing on pizza that's why at the time we only ordered the very traditional one, MARGHERITA PIZZA (IDR 70k). It's good enough, not too crispy base so your teeth won't struggle much upon biting, and the tomato sauce is fragrant with oregano, complements the melted mozzarella very well.  

There were also fish & meat on the menu but since we ordered so many already, we decided to save it for next visit. But still, we can't resist not ordering their Chef's Special of The Day. So just out of curiosity we ordered veggie-lovers dish below.

PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE. This one's basically sliced and baked aubergines in cheese and tomato sauce. Yep, like true Italian where they combined everything with tomato & cheese, this was one of the comfort foods ~ but honestly, our nation's Terong Balado kicks more ass in terms of bursting flavor!

PARMIGIANA DI MELANZANE. This one's basically sliced and baked aubergines in cheese and tomato sauce. Yep, like true Italian where they combined everything with tomato & cheese, this was one of the comfort foods ~ but honestly, our nation's Terong Balado kicks more ass in terms of bursting flavor!

DRINKS

San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (IDR 30k).

San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (IDR 30k).

San Pellegrino Aranciata Dolce (IDR 30k).

San Pellegrino Aranciata Dolce (IDR 30k).

GOBERNUR SMILE (IDR 28k). A mix of orange and milk, which leaves a bit strange after-taste. Yeah, better try other mocktails. Virgin Pina Colada, maybe?

GOBERNUR SMILE (IDR 28k). A mix of orange and milk, which leaves a bit strange after-taste. Yeah, better try other mocktails. Virgin Pina Colada, maybe?

Caffe Vergnano 1882 Espresso Single Shot (IDR 20k). My friend who is a coffee aficionado ordered this, and she quite liked it. Can't give much details, sorry.

Caffe Vergnano 1882 Espresso Single Shot (IDR 20k). My friend who is a coffee aficionado ordered this, and she quite liked it. Can't give much details, sorry.

DOLCI / DESSERTS

Pannacotta (IDR 39k). It's one of the best pannacotta I've ever had. You just gotta have to try it yourself. Wobbly, soft, and delicate texture. No hints of overuse gelatin aroma. Wins over their tiramisu. 

Pannacotta (IDR 39k). It's one of the best pannacotta I've ever had. You just gotta have to try it yourself. Wobbly, soft, and delicate texture. No hints of overuse gelatin aroma. Wins over their tiramisu. 

Tiramisu (IDR 44k). Sadly, I'm not really diggin' their tiramisu. There's something lacking but I'm not sure either since I'm no expert on most desserts. Or maybe I was just too overwhelmed with their Pannacotta :p

Tiramisu (IDR 44k). Sadly, I'm not really diggin' their tiramisu. There's something lacking but I'm not sure either since I'm no expert on most desserts. Or maybe I was just too overwhelmed with their Pannacotta :p

At the end of the day, I felt like it was the right choice to stop by and give this restaurant a try. Some tip: bringing more crowds will save you a lot more money, with a lot more foods to try & share ;) I'll surely be back to try other dishes as well.  

If you're looking for authentic & affordable Italian in the hearts of Kemang area, look no more. Mamma Rosy is guaranteed to give you a more homey Italian dining experience; hassle-free. 

 *Update: I seem forgot to mention about their service. Their service was so damn quick. I don't know if it's because we visited on 4.30-6pm, but it was just too good to be true. Drinks came out pretty fast, and ever since the appetizers got out, our orders came out like flying! One pasta dish after another, and pizza, and risotti, we were overwhelmed to take pics :p Our waiter that day was super handy (too bad I forgot his name - dark, tall guy, looks like from East Indonesia) as well. Great job, hope they maintain the good service!

Mamma Rosy
http://www.mam
marosy.com

Jl. Kemang Raya 58
12730 South Jakarta
Tel. +62 (0) 21-71791592

Email: info@mammarosy.com
Twitter: @mammarosy_jkt
Facebook: Mamma Rosy

 

-with Daniel. (and I forgot which camera did we use to take photos with Mamma Rosy herself?)

-with Daniel. (and I forgot which camera did we use to take photos with Mamma Rosy herself?)