I first heard about Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti from reading Nottinghammm blog, and had walked past there a number of times when it was shut but never actually ventured inside
We were in Nottingham with friends for a concert on Thursday night and wanted somewhere to eat close to the arena. Being just a 2 minute walk away, Sexy Mamma was the obvious choice!
The restaurant is small and is spread over two floors, and it was heaving both when we arrived and when we left – every single seat was full which was great to see mid-week!
The lighting is moody and the paper-covered tables are quite little (we ate at a narrow bench so had to stagger our plates to fit!) so for blogging purposes and taking photos it’s not ideal (excuse the quality!) but that is by no means a negative and in terms of mood and ambiance the restaurant is so lovely – Sexy Mamma don’t change!
A glass of prosecco ordered with our super friendly and helpful waiter, we took a look at the concise hand written menu which managed cover a great range of proper Italian dishes
Soft ciabatta with balsamic and olive oil was brought over whilst we decided what to eat (which I found really hard as every dish sounded amazing!)
Daily specials were written on a chalk board hanging on the wall behind us, adding to the dilema of what to choose!
The delicious smell of truffle filled the air when we walked into the restaurant and swayed my choice of starter – I couldn’t not order the aubergine with ricotta, pear & truffle honey (our waiters favourite!)
Half an aubergine baked until tender (but not mushy) was topped with a generous helping of creamy ricotta and drizzled with the gorgeous sweet and sticky truffle honey. Slices of raw pear – also drizzled in honey – added a freshness & lightness to the dish and complimented the other ingredients well. I really enjoyed this and was pleased to see something a little different on the menu
Onto my main and it just had to be the osso bucco ravioli in a wild mushroom & veal ragu from the specials board. As you can see, they don’t scrimp on portion sizes!
The homemade pasta was light and well stuffed with moist osso bucco, but the real flavor was in the deep, rich & meaty veal ragu, which was full of earthy wild mushrooms and seasoned to perfection. The handful of freshly grated parmesan on top added more luxury to an already luxurious comfort food dish – this is my kind of pasta!
Now unfortunately we didn’t get to try the desserts as the husband was hurrying us along to the concert (he needn’t have bothered – the act was late and when he arrived, wasn’t that good anyway!) You know what that means though? We’ll just have to visit again!
I would thoroughly recommend a meal here, and will definitely be returning on a weekend so we can take our time over a bottle of red and make more of a night of it (and have dessert of course!) The restaurant has a really relaxed, cozy vibe that’s perfect for everyone from couples on a date to groups getting together for a birthday, and obviously concentrates on producing great tasting, authentic dishes.
Sexy Mamma has no website, Facebook or Twitter – you can only find them on Instagram. Call them to book a table – you will DEFINITELY need to make a reservation!