2411-A Hempstead Tpke. East Meadow, NY 516-520-5556
It sells pizza, pasta, heroes and Italian food..Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Credit cards: Accepted
Mama Theresa's has been serving Italian-American staples for more than 25 years. Owner Mauro Gallo says the mama of the title was the mother of the original owners. The name was kept. Whimsical illustrations of mamas preparing food or raising a glass decorate the unpretentious, easygoing place. It's popular for baked pastas, "specialty" pizzas, soups, salads, main dishes such as eggplant rollatine and chicken alla vodka. Mama Theresa's also has branches at 2429 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park, 516-743-3111; and 2411-A Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-520-5556.
Mother's Day: Hours 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Regular menu served.