There’s been a discussion at NUVO about maybe creating a “Best of Hall of Fame.” If we follow through on that one, Mama’s gotta make the list. Housed in a 1920s-era model home built to entice Northsiders to go all stucco (and some around Meridian-Kessler actually did), Mama’s has been serving up consistently good Italian fare in her home by the Monon since 1997. Had a tough day? Try the rosemary chicken lasagna. We dare you to feel bad about anything after that dish.
1031 E. 54th St., 259-9412, www.mamacarollas.com
2nd: Iaria’s Italian
3rd: Milano Inn