South Bay for Lunch at Mama Terano in Rolling Hills

“We should look for someone to eat and dink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf.”  Epicurus (Greek philosopher, BC 341-270)

By G. Stassi. This quote is on the menu of Mama Terano in Rolling Hills. It’s very true and I couldn’t not have a picked a better lunch date than my soul sister Adriana. When it comes to eating Italian, the two of us know our stuff. It’s a humble and pristine little joint — sunny and welcoming. I did feel the server bristle a bit when I whipped out my camera and began shooting a few things but she mellowed out after a while.

Because, what we do is eat and drink, Adriana and I have taken to splitting our dishes and excessive exercising so that we don’t need to invest in larger wardrobes. We began our lunch with each of us having a cup of soup. I had the tuscan bean soup. It was very smoky, comforting and smoothly pureed. Adriana had the tomato bisque which met with her approval. Next, we had sweet little red peppers stuffed with tuna. These little devils were addicting and I may just order like three plates of them next time and nice bottle of Pinot Gris and then walk home. They were so flavorful. The small, sweet red pepper contains a high-quality tuna dressed with olive oil and you just can’t stop eating them. I think they are fairly harmless to the waistline — very “low carb” — which is usually an offensive term to we pastaphiles.

For our main course for lunch, we split the tuna salad wrap which is lavash-type bread with tuna, olives, tomatoes, basil, arugula, sweet peppers and red onion. For $11.00, it’s about 10 inches of wrap and it comes with a bowl of soup.

We finished off our meal with a creamy, rich cappuccino. Mama Terano was good for a leisurely, light lunch in a nice, sunny and quiet atmosphere. The meal was very fresh and well-prepared.

815 Deep Valley Drive, Rollings Hills Estates. 310-377-5757. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 1130am – 930pm; Sunday 4:30pm – 9:30pm, http://www.mamaterano.com/home/