I used to crave buffets. I was a big boy once. Just the sight or sign of an all-you-can eat buffet or smorgasbord would get my friends and I excited. I lived for the moment, literally. I had helpings and more helpings of the most unhealthy and unsightly food, but I didn’t care. Life for a few minutes was good. But with that comes severe repercussions.
I’d like to think I’ve grown up. I’ll eat the occasional Indian or Middle Eastern buffet, but I must be very careful. Our stomachs can only take so much. My tummy is hurting at the thought of this.
More on buffets shortly. That pic looks kind of funny I know.
This brings me to Cantina Mamma Lucia of Hanover, MD. This may not be the sexiest area, but I’ve been around the area enough times, it’s been long overdue to visit. And just because the strip mall doesn’t look too appealing doesn’t mean this spot is unwelcoming. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s a pleasantly surprising energy in this place. I can’t put my finger on it but the massive space may be a factor. It’s large enough to fit a big group or party but still has that quaint and cozy feeling.
But before going inside I caught the sign for a buffet. I didn’t expect that. I had to think for a moment, do I want to focus on the pizza or say the heck with it and enjoy this on my own, no pictures, no blog posts. I chose the former. For only $2 more I could have ordered the buffet which included sausage, meatballs, pastas, cheese pizza slices, and to counterbalance the carbs, a leafy green salad area. So….
I opted for two slices in the front display area. I went with the cheese and a vegetarian slice. The weather was conducive to sitting outside. Yet no one else echoed that sentiment. Well that just means more room for me.
As it gets warmer eating carbohydrates may be more of a challenge. Or maybe it’s just me? But I’m drawn to lighter fare such as salads, healthier proteins, and other nutritional friendly options. At least that’s my intent.
With these two slices it was a struggle to eat. I didn’t finish either and that had nothing to do with the quality.
The cheese was magnificent. The crust, sauce, and cheese were perfect together. If the temperature was chillier and my mood called for more comfort food, I would decimate a whole pie. Oh man maybe I should have gone with the err.. No…
The veggie slice was ok. They didn’t taste fresh and I think they were in the way of the cheese. I really just wanted another cheese at this point.
Which brings me to another point. As it gets hotter (and I’m not complaining, I love this weather), it’ll tempt me to find other alternatives in terms of crust. If that means gluten free then I’ll see where that leads me. I’ve had gluten free slices before with mixed results.
But for now I take solace in remembering how delicious that cheese slice was and forget about the rest. I hope to come back again and see what else their menu has to offer. If you’re in the area I would highly recommend that slice, and maybe the buffet. Maybe…