Mother's Restaurant; Good Food, Good Friends & Good Living

Published on 30 November -1 in Dining
Carla Selby (author)

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Salmon Picatta

Salmon Picatta

If you love fresh flavors, innovative seasonal cuisine and an atmosphere where you are greeted like a member of the family, then Mother’s Restaurant is the place for you. 

Nestled in the heart of Westchase in Tampa, Florida, Mother’s Restaurant is your new home away from home.

Mother's restaurant, ran by Joseph Busicchia and business partners Joel Olinski and Brad Spoor, has a relaxed home-away-from-home atmosphere consistent with their philosophy to approachable, affordable dining.

Chef Primo Amicucci & Owner Joseph Busicchia

Chef Primo Amicucci & Owner Joseph Busicchia

The team at Mother's understands that the right restaurant experience can turn the ritual of going out to eat into a celebration of good food, good friends and good living.

Mother's Restaurant owner, Joseph Busicchia, says "We are committed to providing your family with a combination of well thought out, simply-prepared food and energetic family-friendly atmosphere that maintains the highest quality standards."

Fantastic Drink and Food Spread at Mother's

Fantastic Drink and Food Spread at Mother's

What makes Mother’s Restaurant different?

"Experience. Our team has over 96 years of restaurant experience and we are committed to bringing you the freshest, seasonal food at affordable prices," says Joseph. "Our scratch kitchen, lead by Chef Primo Amicucci, has cultivated long-standing relationships with local farmers and food purveyors in the area enabling him to create signature, mouth-watering dishes that are unique and delicious." So whether you are going for brunch, lunch or dinner, be ready to be wowed by Chef Primo's culinary skills.

Mom's Potachos

Mom's Potachos

If you're stopping for lunch, make sure to order a few of their "shareables," to enjoy with coworkers or friends on any given day. Like the mac and cheese bites, made with truffle oil, smoked chipotle gouda, served with cheese dipping sauce, or the Mom's Potachos. This shareable favorite consists of smashed yukon gold potatoes, flash fried, white cheddar, chopped bacon, diced red onion, tomatoes, smoked chipotle gouda cheese sauce and sour cream. And, if you're a seafood lover, like me, you will absolutely love the Smoked Fish Tacos. Slow smoked fish spread, pickled jalapeños and cabbage, served on the most amazing malanga root shells. This is a dish you will not want to pass on. 

Smoked Fish Tacos

Smoked Fish Tacos

Julie Neppel says this about her experience at Mothers; "Just awesome!!! The cocktails are great, food was excellent and the staff too! Gives you a neighborhood feel. Loved it. Had a blast. No complaints at all! Definitely going to be a regular spot for us. My mouth is still watering from the mac n cheese bites!!! Mmmmm. Support these guys!"

Mother's dinner menu offers some of the same lunch favorites and shareables, but it is enhanced with a larger variety of sandwiches, including several types of juicy burgers, as well as multiple salad and flatbread options. But they definitely take it to another level with their main courses, like their braised skirt steak risotto; slow braised skirt steak, traditional cacio e peppe risotto and mushrooms. Another dinner dishes worth mentioning are the braised pork shank served with garlic mashed potatoes, carrots, celery, shallots and flash fried parsnips, and the chicken saltimbocca, served with garlic, prosciutto, sage, provolone cheese, house made saltimbocca sauce, fire roasted artichoke hearts, capers and tomatoes atop angel hair pasta. Make sure to enjoy your food with a crafted cocktail or a glass wine.

Braised Skirt Steak Risotto

Braised Skirt Steak Risotto

Mother's bar is headed by business partner and one of the top mixologist in Tampa Bay, Joel Olinski. The bar boasts a drink menu of handcrafted, custom cocktails that incorporates only the finest ingredients combined in creative ways. “The Drunken Piggy” is one of their signature drinks, and it consists of bourbon, apple simple syrup, plum bitters and walnut bitters served in a smoked glass, topped with a slice of candied-peppered bacon and a filthy cherry. Gin S. from Tampa says; “Three of us ordered the Drunken Piggy craft cocktail and three ordered Moscow Mules. The ladies with the Drunken Piggy raved it was simply the perfect drink…fantastically perfect. We ended the night sharing the bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and followed Joel’s recommendations to add a few filthy cherries we strong-armed from him, and OMG!!! Delicious!!! It was an amazing night, with amazing food and amazing service. By the time we left we felt like we had visited with long known friends at a neighborhood restaurant we had been going to for years! We already have plans to make this our go to hangout!”

Drunken Piggy

Drunken Piggy

Another popular drink is Mother’s famous “Poptini,” which is a martini with a twist, as it is served with a frozen colorful Popsicle inside the most delicious concoction. They are not only a pleasure to see but also to sip. And only at Mother’s you’ll be able to enjoy a “Mamarita,” which is Mother’s version of the traditional Margarita, but what makes it truly unique, it is the fact that comes served with watermelon ice cubes. In addition to an extensive wine list, Mother's proudly serves their own private label wine, vinted especially for them in Italy. 

Mother's Poptinis

Mother's Poptinis

Don’t leave without trying their home made desserts!

There’s always room for dessert at Mother’s. Especially when the options include a very unique orange mocha crème brulino, the traditional and always delicious bananas foster, a moist four-layer chocolate cake, a chocolate bread pudding with Jameson whisky sauce or a ginger-spiced carrot cake, all served with a side of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Weekly Specials, Live Entertainment and Family Friendly Events

On Mondays, let someone else do the cooking and cleaning and head to Mother’s for their incredible 7-dollar Sloppy Joes and Chicken Pot pies.

On Tuesday’s let Mother’s take care of your kids! All kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Get over the hump and head to Mother’s on Wednesdays for 5-dollar flat breads and Poptinis.

Thursday nights have a more classic and romantic vibe with half off bottles of their finest wine selections.

The second Thursday of every month is for adults only. Mother’s restaurant invites you and your friends to LOL at their comedy night. Come enjoy a shareable and your favorite drink while laughing out loud at some of the funniest local comedians.

Mother's Restaurant kicks it up a notch on the weekends and features live music on Friday and Saturday nights. They also host fun parties and community events. Everyone and their ‘Mothers’ are invited. Pun partially intended. In addition, they have a daily late-night menu to accommodate everyone’s schedule.

Saturday and Sunday Mother’s restaurant offers brunch from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The brunch features bottomless mimosas, bloody mary's and sangrias for only $12.99 per person! Enjoy your drink of choice with a twist on a classic and get yourself some Crab Eggs Benedict. They also offer classic omelets, a variety of quiches, chicken and waffles and their French toast sliders that is to die for. If you have little ones, there's something for them as well! With delicious and affordable kid's breakfast options like "wakey wake eggs and bakey," your kids will be happy and so will you. 

Joseph Busicchia says "It is our number one goal to build excellent, long-standing relationships with our guests so that we can continue to serve you and your family again and again. We welcome you to our table!" 

Mother's Restaurant is located at 12227 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33626. Reservations are encouraged. Please log on to mothersfl.com for more information or call 813-814-1533

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  • Salmon Picatta
  • Braised Skirt Steak Risotto
  • Smoked Fish Tacos
  • Mom's Potachos
  • Mother's Poptinis
  • Drunken Piggy
  • Fantastic Drink and Food Spread at Mother's
  • Chef Primo Amicucci & Owner Joseph Busicchia
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