You might think the best Italian restaurant in America would be somewhere famous like New York City’s Little Italy, but you’d be wrong, at least according to Yelp.
In its list of the highest-rated restaurants in the US, the top spot belongs to Mama D’s Italian Kitchen, a family establishment in the sunny town of Newport Beach, California. (Though to be fair to the Big Apple, Mama D herself is actually from New York.)
According to the founding story, Mama D (Diane Davidson) cooked for her husband and seven children in New York before moving to California (the family loved the beach so much they moved to the Golden State). That’s when the Davidsons decided to open a restaurant using her Italian grandmother’s classic recipes. There are a few Mama D’s, but the original restaurant in Manhattan Beach opened in 1992 and the Newport location in 2005. What to eat at Mama D’s…
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