Cantina Mamma Lucia
1350 Dorsey Rd
Hanover, MD 21076
Hidden a few minutes from the busy Arundel Mills Mall is probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. The reason I go there is a $7.49 lunch buffet. The all you can eat buffet runs Monday thru Friday, 11am - 2pm and is really one of the best values on the menu. The menu changes daily on the buffet, so check the website for your favorites. I do not know how they make any money if they have customers who can eat as I do.
Their pizza is in a NY style and has a crisp crust with that little bit of chew to it. The toppings are always fresh. My two favorite pasta dishes are the Fresh Battered Eggplant Parmigiana served with spaghetti and tomato sauce and the Linguini Alla Mare Chiara with fresh clams, shrimp, and calamari in a delicious marinara sauce.
The Subs are always well prepared as well. The salads are basic and consistent. The Fritto Misto consists of a plate of fried calamari, mozzarella sticks, breaded mushrooms, and zucchini sticks, and is my favorite appetizer there. Mama always said, "Nothing says loving like fried cheese." However, it does not hurt to have other fried foods around it.
This restaurant does italian food right, they cook for you as though you were family, and just like family when you leave, they hope you come back soon.