Mama Maria's Shines After Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' Makeover

By Heather Holland on July 5, 2012 7:49am 

Mama Maria's swaps out its old awning for a simple sign.
Mama Maria's swaps out its old awning for a simple sign.
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CARROLL GARDENS — Since chef Gordon Ramsay made over Court Street restaurant Mama Maria's for the filming of his Fox television series "Kitchen Nightmares," the eatery has swapped out its traditional Italian vibe for a more Brooklyn feel.

Now, Mama Maria's features a shorter menu, a brand-new paint job, new chairs and recovered tables, Fox spokeswoman Joanna Wolff said.

The production sliced the restaurant's menu down from 110 items to only 30, one of which is a special dish, Wolff said. The menu still includes Italian favorites like a 10-inch pizza, lasagna and chicken parmesan.

"They completely cut down the menu so that each dish is better quality and more authentic," the spokeswoman explained. "They also changed some of the dishes so that the overall menu is a bit more modern, rather than strictly traditional Italian cuisine."

Aside from the entrees, the tables have been covered with vintage news prints bearing the restaurant's name. And while it's still a cloth-napkin restaurant, the artwork and store sign has added an urban twist.

The awning of the restaurant, located at 305 Court St., has also been removed and replaced with the simple sign.

Mama Maria's owners declined comment on the makeover, citing a contract between the restaurant and Fox.

The "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring the restaurant is scheduled to air this fall.

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