121 – On Celebrating With Mama’s Cooking: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, UP Town Center

CJ and I have a tradition of treating our younger siblings out; last time we did so, it was at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza at the Podium. We opted for something nearer this time, however. Given that all four of us wanted some Italian fare, Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen over at UP Town Center was the first thing that came into our minds. Originally from the southern part of Metro Manila, Mama Lou’s branch at Katipunan’s newest commercial and retail hub is their first foray up north.

Here’s a short introduction on how Mama Lou’s came to be. French-Canadian owner Richard Tremblay and his Filipina wife Marilou established an Italian restaurant at their old home in BF Homes Paranaque. Richard and Malou were hands-on with the operations, and their quaint house at Aguirre Avenue slowly gained popularity. from locals and diners from far-off places alike. She unfortunately passed away some years ago, unable to see her restaurant grow and expand. Thankfully, Mama Lou’s legacy remains alive—through her loved ones who continue to manage the restaurant, and the large number of satisfied customers raving through word of mouth.

Incidentally, we dined here before bringing our younger siblings – a decision that proved to be a right one. If Mama Lou was alive today and she happened to be at the restaurant, I would tell her: grazie, Mama.

Alright, enough of the short description. Here are some pictures during our trip to Mama Lou’s. Do check out their Facebook page to stay connected. Until the next review, bon appetit.

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
G/F UP Town Center,
Katipunan Avenue, Brgy. UP Campus,
Diliman, Quezon City 1108

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16 thoughts on “121 – On Celebrating With Mama’s Cooking: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, UP Town Center

  1. I used to live in BF Homes and I met Miss Lou when I was still in college. Super nice and bubbly! Their resto was called Café Francais back then. Tambay ako dun after school. Hehe! ‘Yung sarap ng pagkain ng food nila in the early 2000’s, maintained pa rin ang lasa ngayon. She would have been very very proud.

    • Hi Monching!
      My name is Crystal, I am the eldest daughter of Malou.
      Thank you for writing about your experience in our UP Town Center branch.
      I am very happy to hear you enjoyed our food.

      It melts my heart to read about how our mama’s cooking delight guests like you and on her behalf I’d like to thank you for your kind words!

      Grazie Mille!
      Crystal

      Hi takawtrip! Thanks for sharing your memories of our former restaurant, I’m thrilled to hear you met mama. She was indeed a bubly one.
      Cheers!
      -crystal

      • Hello there. 🙂 You’re most welcome, and hope we can come back soon to the UP Town branch. 😉

        (Oh, I almost forgot. If you have any corrections, please feel free to leave a comment here and I’ll fix up the article ASAP.)

        Thanks for visiting the Guide!

      • Hi Crystal! I think we also met. You used to study in Southville, right? Im from Beda Alabang. My whole barkada used to hang at Cafe Francais and we all loved your mom. Your dad too also would chitchat with us about school. Hehehe. I hope all is well with you. God bless you always!

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