SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Frank Scarpino and Laura Sergo greet guests at Mama
Onestis new location on Cortez Road West.
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
If youre from an Italian family, chances are the
aroma of your grandmothers kitchen is still with
you. Visions of veal parmigiana, stuffed shells and sausage
and peppers dance through your childhood memories. Mamma
Onestis Italian Restaurant may not be exactly like
your grandmothers kitchen, but the mouthwatering
menu will keep you coming back, even if youre not
Laura Sergo and Frank Scarpino opened Mamma Onestis
Italian Restaurant in May of this year. If the name sounds
familiar, thats because Mamma Onestis was
previously located on North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Frank Scarpinos in-laws, the Onestis, owned
and operated the restaurant at this location for 23 years.
Scarpino and his family ran the restaurant during all
of those years, and Sergo worked there for more than 10
Sergo and Scarpino have joined forces in establishing
an affordable neighborhood restaurant with good quality
home cooked food, and to their delight, the neighborhood
has come to them. They discovered that many of the original
Mamma Onestis customers live close to the new location
and are introducing their friends and neighbors to the
new Mamma Onestis.
The restaurant offers a full Italian menu including pasta,
chicken, veal and fish dishes, as well as appetizers,
soup, salads and desserts. There are also daily specials
and a good chance that Laura Sergo will remember your
favorite dish the second time you come in.
They make their own bread, pastry and famous garlic rolls.
Personal pizzas are available in the restaurant, but regular
pizzas are take out only in addition to their full take
out menu. Also, their extensive catering menu should be
kept in mind for the upcoming holiday season. Beer and
wine is available, and Im told to try their special
appetizer of spinach, sausage and cannellini beans. They
are open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with pasta
dishes, sandwiches, salads and personal pizzas on the
Laura Sergo, originally from Chicago, and Frank Scarpino,
born in Calabria, Italy, and their staff are excited about
the new location, getting reacquainted with their old
friends and making new ones. Their T-shirts say it all
Lifes Too Short Not To Be Italian, but even
if youre not Italian, you can eat like one at Mamma
Mamma Onestis Italian Restaurant
In the Albertsons shopping center
4625 Cortez Road W.
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday:, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.