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      08.06.2005 20:23
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      I actually work in one of the Mamma Amalfi Restaurant, after they change their menu in March. They change the way to cook their food as well. Most of the food on the menu has come in Frozen and its pre-made. Bolognese/Napoli sauase is come in a big bag. All they do is heat it up. The Lasagne is just like what you get in tesco. After they microware it they put it under a grill to make it look like its oven-baked. To be honest nothing on the menu is fresh. The new Platter is even worst. They deep fried eveything they can to make it tasty. The diced Herb Potato is from McCain so you can buy it in supermarkets. I can understand sometimes products are out of stock from time to time. But all they buy is cheapest they can. Orange Juices when it become out of stock. they use Asda Smartprice. or sometime Sprite Run out. They don't even buy Sprite. They buy Asda Lemonade.

      If I have to rate which is the easiest to cook I have to rate the lamb shank 5 stars. The lamb shank is come in pre-made all its time since it was on the menu which has been few years time now. The lamb shank is come in with sauce in a bag. They heat the mash and the lamb shank in the 2000W Microware. Put it on a big plate. Job done! Oh and they bought the lamb shark only for 2.14pounds. Everything in the restaruarent are from 3663. If you love to food so much u can order directly from them!

      Dolci..Its very horrible. As it is not prepared in the kitchen. They get prepared/made behind the bar. As most people know the bar people has to wash cups glasses as well. In a busy shift there is no time to wash the hand and the staff behind the bar have to do the deserts. I do not know why the bar people have to make dolci.

      Next time if anyone going to order Crepe Banane please check the banana inside is not black. As banana turn back in a few days. During the weekdays which dont sale much deserts The black banana will be used.

      The Rules on the expiry day is 3 days after the food get defrozend. But if the food (apply to deserts and food in kitchen) don't sale they will put a new date on it. During the summer the food goes out of date quickly. The chef will not throw the food but just leave it as it is and put so more stuff to cover the smell.

      The service is good because the tips is actually goes to Waitor/Waitess its own pocket. They wont share it with the kitchen and the bar people. Most of them are very selfish people!! The amount of work in the bar is much more than on the floor. Some Waitors are actually making 6-7pounds / hour and Bar/Kitchen People are only making the legal min wages! 4.85!!!

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        02.12.2001 02:23
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        MAMMA AMALFI have 8 large Restaurants throughout Britain, usually in large Shopping or Leisure complexes. The one I visited, in Cambridge’s Grafton Centre, is ideal for anyone who is going to catch a Film at the adjacent Warner Village Cinema. Anyway, that’s just what we did recently. The Restaurant itself, has a small Bar area, plus some seating outside and advertises itself as a ‘Caffe • Bar • Ristorante’. If you want to have a meal, you must wait to be seated and once the ‘Maitre D’ (well I guess that’s what he regards himself as) has seen you he invites you to take a seat at the Bar and he’ll call you when your Table is ready. As I said, the Bar area is quite small, and only space behind the bar for two barmen - both swarthy Italians and extremely fanciable (so my wife, Jill reckoned anyway – not that they did much for me). One of them was dealing with drinks orders brought him by the waitresses (Good looking with definite Latin overtones – not that they did much for Jill!), while the other serves the waiting customers. He tried very hard at pretending he was so ‘super-cool’, but fell almost literally on his face. The guy in front of me ordered two Martinis. The Barman swivelled as he reached for the bottle, loaded the glasses with ice, poured over the Martini, then proceeded to over fill the glass with lemonade. Looking for a slice of lemon, he knocked one of the glasses over onto the floor. On attempting to rescue the sitaution and pour another he missed the glass with the Martini. I hoped that this was not going to be a pointer for possible disappointment lateer. I need not have worried. Hardly had I had a chance to take a sip of my Budweiser, than our Table was ready. It was only then that I realised how large the place was. The Bar may have only had half a dozen table, plus the four outside, but the Restaurant was busy and m
        ust have had space for almost 100 covers. It was done very nicely. All tables had candles and the walls and décor looked very authentic ‘village’ Italian. We sat down at our table and proceeded to examine the menu ‘Antipasti’, ‘Insalate’, ‘Pizza’ (I understood that one), ‘Secondi’, ‘Paste’ and ‘Contorni’ was on offer. But fortunately all the dishes had subtitles so ordering was very easy. The choice of dishes was very nice with some items not the usual ‘run of the mill’. This was no Pizza Hut or even one of the ‘pseudo’ Italian Restaurants that served Pizzas, Pasta and Texas BBQ Ribs !!! My wife was not feeling very hungry, but I twisted her arm to order ‘whatever she wanted’ (After all, once I get my long awaited CROWN for this review?? - or maybe this is just quite up to Dooyoo standard - hah!!). Earlier in the week, we’d been at a Pub/Bar opening – on business – and seen people eating Mussels. They were on the menu here, so Jill tried those. ‘Cozze Marinara’ (£4.85) the Menu said – Mussels in a Garlic, White wine, Parsley and Tomato sauce. I ordered the Whitebait in breadcrumbs or as the menu put it so much prettier ‘Bianchetti Fritti’(£3.45). After ordering a couple more drinks, the Waiter soon re-appeared with a basket of fresh ‘rustic pain’ – bread - and proceeded to drizzle (yes, I’ve watched ‘Ready,Steady, Cook too) some extra Virgin Olive Oil into a small saucer. “What’s that for?”, I dumbly asked my wife. She’s far more ‘foody’ than me and knew that it was to dip your bread into. ?????? Mmmm I was a bit sceptical “You dip your bread into Olive Oil?” I was less than enthusiastic, but after a couple of bites of the tasty bread, I relented and went all ‘European&
        #8217;, by doing the dip. Actually it was OK. Well, it was rather nice. Less than 10 minutes after ordering, the ‘Antipasti’ arrived at the table. Jill’s mussels looks rather sort of.....shellfishy, but tasted absolutely divine, I’m told. The sauce was ‘to die for’. Right, so you’re happy then, I thought as I dug into my Whitebait. Maybe not ‘to die for’, but very nice and the lemon and mayonnaise that accompanied it was an excellent blend. Now for the Main course. Which came almost immediately afterwards. Top marks for prompt, attentive service here. OK So I know I was in an Italian Restaurant, but I love Steak, so I picked the ‘Controfileto al Pepe’ (£12.95) – Pan fried Sirloin steak in a Brandy, cream and green peppercorn sauce. It was gorgeous. Nicely cooked, succulent piece of steak in a sauce which to coin a phrase already used earlier was - ‘to die for!’. Excellent. Meanwhile Jill was tucking into a very nice looking plateful of ‘Gamberetti Spaghetti’ (£6.95) – Spaghetti with Prawns! Another thumbs up from across the table. So now I’ve got you ‘on the end of my fork’, drooling over my every word (I hope), I’ll make matters worse by just plucking a few other options from the menu that might just tickle your tastebuds. How about: ‘Branzino Arrosto’ – Whole Sea Bass baked with fresh rosemary and lemon, finished with olive oil and served with new potatoes (£13.95) or ‘Pulcino alla diavola’ – Oven baked, Whole baby Chicken with a sauce of white wine, chillies, parsley and butter (£11.25) or ‘Crespelle Fiorentina’ – Pancakes filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, baked with tomato and a creamy béchamel sauce (£6.75) There really is something for everyone, especially when you include a full rang
        e of Pizzas, Lasagne, Spaghettis, Linguine, Fettuccine, Salads etc etc and all as you can see from the prices that I’ve indicated about – without the need for ‘breaking the bank. We never got as far as the Dessert Trolley, but I’d guess that Italians know a thing or two about those too. I must say we were VERY Pleasantly surprised. We saw an excellent Film , had a lovely meal in very ambient surroundings. We’ll be going again, just as soon as we can find an excuse. MAMMA AMALFI “The Picnic on the Park” 106 Grafton Shopping Centre Cambridge Tel – 01223 462 464 Other Restaurants in Cardiff, Croydon, Hatfield, Ealing, Southend, Whiteleys (London) and Lakeside Shopping Centre

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          20.10.2001 00:08
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          It’s so nice to discover somewhere new to enjoy a good meal MAMMA AMALFI have 8 Restaurants throughout Britain, usually in large Shopping or Leisure complexes. The one I visited, in Cambridge’s Grafton Centre, is ideal for anyone who is going to catch a Film at the adjacent Warner Village Cinema. Anyway, that’s just what we did recently. The Restaurant itself, has a small Bar area, plus some seating outside and advertises itself as a ‘Caffe • Bar • Ristorante’. If you want to have a meal, you must wait to be seated and once the ‘Maitre D’ (well I guess that’s what he regards himself as) has seen you he invites you to take a seat at the Bar and he’ll call you when your Table is ready. As I said, the Bar area is quite small, and only space behind the bar for two barmen - both swarthy Italians and extremely fanciable (so my wife, Jill reckoned anyway – not that they did much for me). One of them was dealing with drinks orders brought him by the waitresses (Good looking with definite Latin overtones – not that they did much for Jill!), while the other serves the waiting customers. He tried very hard at pretending he was so ‘super-cool’, but fell almost literally on his face. The guy in front of me ordered two Martinis. The Barman swivelled as he reached for the bottle, loaded the glasses with ice, poured over the Martini, then proceeded to over fill the glass with lemonade. Looking for a slice of lemon, he knocked one of the glasses over onto the floor. On attempting to rescue the sitaution and pour another he missed the glass with the Martini. I hoped that this was not going to be a pointer for possible disappointment lateer. I need not have worried. Hardly had I had a chance to take a sip of my Budweiser, than our Table was ready. It was only then that I realised how large the place was. The Bar may have only had half a d
          ozen table, plus the four outside, but the Restaurant was busy and must have had space for almost 100 covers. It was done very nicely. All tables had candles and the walls and décor looked very authentic ‘village’ Italian. We sat down at our table and proceeded to examine the menu ‘Antipasti’, ‘Insalate’, ‘Pizza’ (I understood that one), ‘Secondi’, ‘Paste’ and ‘Contorni’ was on offer. But fortunately all the dishes had subtitles so ordering was very easy. The choice of dishes was very nice with some items not the usual ‘run of the mill’. This was no Pizza Hut or even one of the ‘pseudo’ Italian Restaurants that served Pizzas, Pasta and Texas BBQ Ribs !!! My wife was not feeling very hungry, but I twisted her arm to order ‘whatever she wanted’ (After all, once I get my long awaited CROWN for this review?? - or maybe this is just quite up to Dooyoo standard - hah!!). Earlier in the week, we’d been at a Pub/Bar opening – on business – and seen people eating Mussels. They were on the menu here, so Jill tried those. ‘Cozze Marinara’ (£4.85) the Menu said – Mussels in a Garlic, White wine, Parsley and Tomato sauce. I ordered the Whitebait in breadcrumbs or as the menu put it so much prettier ‘Bianchetti Fritti’(£3.45). After ordering a couple more drinks, the Waiter soon re-appeared with a basket of fresh ‘rustic pain’ – bread - and proceeded to drizzle (yes, I’ve watched ‘Ready,Steady, Cook too) some extra Virgin Olive Oil into a small saucer. “What’s that for?”, I dumbly asked my wife. She’s far more ‘foody’ than me and knew that it was to dip your bread into. ?????? Mmmm I was a bit sceptical “You dip your bread into Olive Oil?” I was less than enthusiastic, but after a couple o
          f bites of the tasty bread, I relented and went all ‘European’, by doing the dip. Actually it was OK. Well, it was rather nice. Less than 10 minutes after ordering, the ‘Antipasti’ arrived at the table. Jill’s mussels looks rather sort of.....shellfishy, but tasted absolutely divine, I’m told. The sauce was ‘to die for’. Right, so you’re happy then, I thought as I dug into my Whitebait. Maybe not ‘to die for’, but very nice and the lemon and mayonnaise that accompanied it was an excellent blend. Now for the Main course. Which came almost immediately afterwards. Top marks for prompt, attentive service here. OK So I know I was in an Italian Restaurant, but I love Steak, so I picked the ‘Controfileto al Pepe’ (£12.95) – Pan fried Sirloin steak in a Brandy, cream and green peppercorn sauce. It was gorgeous. Nicely cooked, succulent piece of steak in a sauce which to coin a phrase already used earlier was - ‘to die for!’. Excellent. Meanwhile Jill was tucking into a very nice looking plateful of ‘Gamberetti Spaghetti’ (£6.95) – Spaghetti with Prawns! Another thumbs up from across the table. So now I’ve got you ‘on the end of my fork’, drooling over my every word (I hope), I’ll make matters worse by just plucking a few other options from the menu that might just tickle your tastebuds. How about: ‘Branzino Arrosto’ – Whole Sea Bass baked with fresh rosemary and lemon, finished with olive oil and served with new potatoes (£13.95) or ‘Pulcino alla diavola’ – Oven baked, Whole baby Chicken with a sauce of white wine, chillies, parsley and butter (£11.25) or ‘Crespelle Fiorentina’ – Pancakes filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, baked with tomato and a creamy béchamel sauce (£6.75) There really
          is something for everyone, especially when you include a full range of Pizzas, Lasagne, Spaghettis, Linguine, Fettuccine, Salads etc etc and all as you can see from the prices that I’ve indicated about – without the need for ‘breaking the bank. We never got as far as the Dessert Trolley, but I’d guess that Italians know a thing or two about those too. I must say we were VERY Pleasantly surprised. We saw an excellent Film , had a lovely meal in very ambient surroundings. We’ll be going again, just as soon as we can find an excuse. MAMMA AMALFI “The Picnic on the Park” 106 Grafton Shopping Centre Cambridge Tel – 01223 462 464 Other Restaurants in Cardiff, Croydon, Hatfield, Ealing, Southend, Whiteleys (London) and Lakeside Shopping Centre

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            03.05.2001 15:46
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            ** UPDATE ** This branch of Mama Amalfi is now closed - a big shamew, in my opinion ** UPDATE ** This Italian restaurant is located in the middle of a retail park, and near to Bolton's Reebok stadium, so on the one hand it's easy to get to, but on the other, hardly an intimate, special dining experience. The kind of place you might go to before a visit to the cinema, or for a lunch break in a day's shopping. And you won't usually have difficulties parking here, except maybe on days when Bolton Wanderers are playing at home. . The interior décor is very unusual - with the bar area done out like an Italian street, complete with washing lines overhead, and the dining area done like the downstairs of an Italian house, kitchen area and the lot - and it works very well. The waiting staff are not Italian mamas, though. It is just a restaurant chain, after all. They're more your usual young studenty type, and very helpful. The food is good, and reasonably priced. Delicious bread, with olive oil for dipping it into is served free of charge. Not a great idea if you're on a diet, but hard to resist! Starters are around £4.00 or £5.00, and I would heartily recommend the mushrooms with mustard sauce, or the prawns in a chilli sauce - both scrummy. There's a range of pizzas (thin crust, of course) and pasta dishes start at under £6.00 for the straightforward Arrabbiata sauce. I had a pasta dish with a mushroom sauce, which £6.35, but to be honest was slightly disappointing, perhaps a little bland. There are also steak and chicken dishes, and salads, with plenty that would appeal to vegetarians. I never got around to trying out the desserts, unfortunately. There are better Italian restaurants in the North West, and even in Bolton, but I think that on the whole, Mama Amalfi is slightly better value. Address: 8-10 The Linkway, Middlebrook Leisure Park, Bolton Telephone 0120
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