Restaurant Review: Mamo Brings Cannes to New York City

By Jonathan Spira on 16 April 2018
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Celebrities flock to Mamo Le Michelangelo during the Cannes Film Festival for its Provençal/Italian cuisine, but now there’s a much closer option in New York City.

Located south of Grand St. on West Broadway, a parking spot right in front of Mamo was a good omen and things only improved from there.  The original Mamo was opened by Herve “Mamo” Mammoliti in 1992 and the New York version is helmed by his son, Mike.

Upon entering, I was greeted by a sea of white tablecloths on well-spaced tables, comfortable smart-looking white leather chairs, cognac leather banquettes, and pale yellow walls that gave the room a warm and rustic look. The vintage Italian movie posters acknowledged the restaurant’s Cannes roots.


The room’s warmth was matched by the host and wait staff, who were exceptionally well informed.

The menu is done in typical Italian format, antipasti (starters), primi (pasta and risotto), secondi (fish and meat), with a choice of five contorni (side dishes) as well as several pizze and the recipes have been passed down from father to son.

My dining companion and I started with a tasty Tonno scottato alla Siciliana (seared tuna with snowpeas, capers, and rutabaga) as well as a delightful antipasto, while continuing with a satisfying seared cod on black Italian rice with roasted carrots and risotto with truffle.

A small, well-curated wine list included some excellent choices including a 2016 Gavi di Gavi Ghibellina that we enjoyed greatly with the meal.

Don’t leave without trying the tiramisu. It is a worthy end to a memorable journey to Cannes without having to get on a plane.


323 W Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10013

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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