|The following review was given July 10, 2004, by Jack Ellery, WCTC Talk Radio (AM 1450), New Jersey.
"Philadelphia Italian restaurants may not be as well known as those in New York, but the Italian fare is fabulous.
If you are looking for cozy, quaint and authentic Philadelphia Italian restaurants, spend an evening at Ma Ma Yolanda's, 746 S 8th Street, in South Philly It is a true family retaurant! John Reghi is the proprietor, his wife Dolores will probably be your waitress, and daughter Kim is The Chef. The recipes have been handed down through at least three generations.
The restaurant decor is definitely different and delightful. There are antiques from a variety of different periods. The restaurant is of medium size, you will have fellow diners who come for the food and a few moments of old world charm. The food is bountiful and well prepared. The pasta is al dente, the sauce (or gravy as some Italians call it) is thick and delicious. Prices are reasonable, drinks are more than adequate, and while there is a bit of a wait for the food (it is prepared to order) you can hear your dinner companions talk. The noise level, unlike many other places, is low.
This is not fancy Italian fare. This is family food served in the family way. Don't be surprised if the owner greets you with a bear hug embrace and a kiss on the cheek. Now, that's Italian!"
Ma Ma Yolandas's. 215 592 0195. Credit cards accepted. Entree prices from $7.50 to $25.95. Parking is difficult in South Philadelphia. It is strongly suggested that you park in nearby inexpensive lots. Reservations suggested but not required. Dress is casual. Alcohol served.
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