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Welcome to Mama Fanti Italian Kitchen

Rustic modern food



Who is Mama Fanti?

Mama Fanti is our mother, Fantina Mateo Portillo. She was born in 1956 to a working-class family with few resources. Mama Fanti’s life has been closely linked to the kitchen. She never finished school, but her fight to educate her children was the driving force to get ahead. On occasion, she would go to fairs with our grandmother to sell food in different cities.

Why the name?

We want to recognize our mother’s legacy in our achievements. The name conveys tenderness, home, organic, family, and the wooden board links us between countries as lovers of good home-cooked food.


Discover our menu

Opening Hours

Call For Reservations

Sunday to Thursday

11 AM 09 PM

Friday to Saturday

11 AM 10 PM

Our restaurateur

Chef Lazaro

Our focus is Italian food in a rustic setting but with contemporary food. Our chef Lazaro is passionate about food and is focused for this menu in Sicily Italy, come and try this delicacy with your family.


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Our Team

High-class professional service

We are very grateful for the legacy that our grandparents left behind. Their passion for Italian cuisine inspired us to follow our dreams and open our own restaurant. We hope that our food will bring our customers the same joy and happiness that our grandparents’ food brought to our family.

What they said about us

Based on 106 reviews
Finally, a truly nice Italian (non chain) restaurant close to home! Excellent food, friendly service & atmosphere. We’ll definitely be frequenting this place.
Dionne Baksh
Dionne Baksh
I visited mamafanti this evening for a last minute dinner date with my husband and it was outstanding. The customer service was excellent, the food was even better . My husband and I are huge foodies and we are always looking for local restaurants with an at home feel and this restaurant checks all the boxes. BEST crème brûlée I’ve ever had! Give this restaurant a try, it will not disappoint !
J Solis
J Solis
I pride myself in eating only the finest foods in the garden state; and this was no exception. The Italian atmosphere was marvelous to admire as I consumed my plate of nutrients, and the service was second to none. The owner was very friendly and helpful with anything we needed; I thoroughly thank you. One of the most important factors a restaurant must take into account is cleanliness, especially that of the washroom. To my surprise, the washroom was not only spotless, but elegantly lavished with different decor of sorts. As I close this review with quill in hand, I fondly remember my experience there, and will surely come back when the time is due.
Michael Glassen
Michael Glassen
First time here, wonderful experience! Staff is very attentive and friendly, and the food incredible, will be back!
Food was very fresh and the staff was welcoming.
Geoffrey Carey
Geoffrey Carey
Nice breath of fresh air to Hillsborough. Food and service was wonderful. Totally recommend. Loved the grilled octopus app.
Veliko Bekir
Veliko Bekir
Friendly staff. Outdoor eating. Local wines or BYO