Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rolling with Mama Gizzi’s Suppah Club: Lake Worth

Photos courtesy of LibbyVision.com)

In a small space tucked on the east side of Dixie Highway, just south of the Lake Worth line, is Mama Gizzi’s Gourmet Pasta shop (2212 N. Dixie Highway, 561/642-9996). This is everything you think a pasta/bakery/herbs/desserts/other yummy stuff store should be—the sights and smells are all-enveloping in a very good way.

Everything Mama—Leah Gizzi—makes is for sale. She sells to her walk-in customers, and she supplies pasta to a large number of local restaurants, too.

And now she’s serving suppah. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Mama Gizzi serves a prix-fixe meal that changes every week, for $28 per person (including taxes, but not gratuity). It’s a family-style event, so you meet new besties and break bread, and everyone has to roll out the door at the end because there’s just that much food. Reservations are required.

We went on a recent Thursday to the 7 p.m. seating. There’s a 4:45 p.m. seating on Thursdays, too, and then at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can bring your own beer or wine, and Mama supplies sparkling or still water, or tea or coffee.

Eight hungry folks sat down, and then we all tried to get up after dessert. It was difficult. Between the beginning bread bowl and the take-home leftovers, we ate our way through Italy.

It’s hard to recall everything served, because it was all good, all kinds of yummy, and there was mass quantity.

Let’s see, first a bread bowl with all kinds of good doughness, which was just one of the three bread breaks during dinner. The other two were Mama’s monkey bread—made with three different kinds of bread—and the ‘bread breaking ceremony,’ with everyone having to break off a piece and then getting on with the amazing food show. Inside the bread bowl was three or four different kinds of baked goods, a ricotta dip and Luvies—baked lasagna sheets crisps covered with olive oil and herbs. These got a definite thumbs-up.

Then the courses starting pouring forth and included fettuccine with baby peas and a cream sauce; fried cheese ravioli on a stick—created for a green market, so folks could walk around and eat this; papardelle, gnocchi, chicken marsala and portabello mushrooms filled with more mushrooms, among other things. The red gravy was available for much of the meal. No, not a sauce—it’s a gravy. Mama says gravy is a consistency, not a color. Just eat it.

Dessert. Oh, my. Limoncello mascarpone cake, with homemade vanilla gelato, chocolate chip cookies, brownies… yes, we ate it all.

For the every day, “what should I make for dinner?” query, the store sells the No Drama Mama Dinner Kit and a Pizza Kit. For $25, you get everything needed to make dinner at home, from the pasta to meatballs or sausage, to gravy and bread; for the pizza kit—the dough, gravy, cheeses and pepperoni.

This is one Suppah Club we will return to, after fasting for a week or so.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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