From The Owner

Celebrate at Mama Rao’s Restaurant & Party Room.
Mama Rao’s Restaurant Party Room, the contemporary Italian restaurant Party Room Located in the Vicinity of Dyker Heights, is redrawing the map for upscale dining in New York City. Since its opening in September 2001, has caused a buzz among serious foodies with our Chefs innovative interpretation of Italian cuisine. Mama Rao’s is more than ever a culinary destination for all seasons – and for all food-lovers.Mama Rao’s is the brainchild of Salvatore Rao, who since 2001 has built it to one of the leading catering centers in the New York metropolitan region.
Though perfectly framed by the décor, it is of course Mama Rao’s food that is the real heart of the experience. For Mama Rao’s our chef has developed a menu that he describes as focused on “creative and classic Italian cuisine.” In practice, this means an emphasis on the freshest seasonal ingredients and a fundamental respect for home-cooking traditions, leavened by some innovative variations, along with taste combinations that, while familiar in Italy, are less common on this side of the Atlantic.
Mama Rao’s extensive wine cellars echo’s the wide-ranging culinary outlook of chef. The restaurant’s wine list includes more than 200 selections from nearly every Italian wine-producing region, along with well-curated offerings from elsewhere in Europe, the Americas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.Rao and his team are also working hard to make Mama Rao’s a stand-out destination for entertainment and special events. Mama Rao’s Bar provides yet another option for entertainment, with daily drink specials Tuesday – Friday, from 3:30PM to 5PM.
For private parties, dinners and special events, Mama Rao’s can accommodate groups of up to 100 in its exclusive Galileo Room, with all guests treated to distinctive service and uncompromising attention to detail that have made Mama Rao’s a trusted partner for memorable events.

Firstly, dining out can be a great opportunity to try new foods and cuisines. Restaurants often offer dishes that are unique and not commonly found at home, providing a chance to broaden your taste and culinary horizons. Additionally, restaurants often have skilled chefs who can prepare meals with high-quality ingredients and expert techniques, creating flavors and presentations that are difficult to achieve at home.


Today I want to talk about how dining out at restaurants can be a better option than dining at home. While cooking and eating at home can certainly be enjoyable, there are many benefits to dining out that make it worth considering.

Secondly, dining out is a social experience that allows you to connect with others. Whether it’s a romantic date, a night out with friends, or a family gathering, sharing a meal over good conversation can create lasting memories and strengthen relationships. Restaurants also provide a break from the routine of cooking, cleaning and serving food at home, allowing you to relax and enjoy the company of others.

Thirdly, dining out is a convenient option for those with busy schedules or limited time. Whether you’re on a business trip, running errands, or traveling, stopping at a restaurant for a quick bite can save time and energy. Restaurants also offer a variety of services such as delivery, take-out, and reservations, making it easy to order your favorite meals from the comfort of your own home.

Finally, dining out can be an opportunity to support local businesses and contribute to the economy. By patronizing restaurants in your community, you help to sustain jobs, keep money circulating locally, and preserve the diversity and vibrancy of your neighborhood.

In conclusion, while dining at home can certainly be enjoyable and cost-effective, dining out at restaurants offers a range of benefits that make it worth considering. Whether you’re looking for a new culinary experience, a chance to socialize, a convenient option, or a way to support your community, dining out has something to offer for everyone.


My family & I have been going here for years. At this point we have tasted everything on the menu more than once! The food is amazing, always fresh, always delicious! I have had dinner here for many holidays & occasions from date night to birthdays to Mothers Day to large catered parties for myself and many family members. Anytime I am asked for a referral of a great Italian restaurant, THIS IS IT! I love the small, family owned vibe, which is so much of the Italian experience, and lacking in so many other restaurants. Sal & Christina are the best, and their staff is wonderful.. friendly, welcoming and very attentive. Home made breads, pastas, and lemon drop cookies are definitely their claim to fame, and they never disappoint.

- Stephan T.

The team at Mama Rao’s helped me plan my husband’s surprise party of 50 people with less than 2 weeks notice! It was so much fun, everyone had a wonderful time. The food was perfect. The steak excellent, the chicken was delicious, and the portions ample. The homemade lemon cookies were out of this world, worth every calorie! I could not thank them enough. We all left with our belly’s full and spirits high. A family favorite!


What a random find!!! The atmosphere is charming and fresh! But it gets better from here the food is authentic and delicious.  The servers are all helpful and kind, they are truly happy to serve you and they have a simple wine selection of all classic whites and reds that pair nicely with your entrees, I highly recommend coming here with a loved one for a quite relaxing date night.  It is a bit small and not made for large families or small children in my opinion 😉


Excellent food, Excellent staff. Attended a Bridal shower…Excellent food and service.

Love the new website and look!!