La Bonne Mère is a tiny place with about 6 tables – very casual. It is mostly a place for excellent pizza run by partners in life, Jérémie Piazza and Mahéva Angelmann. The walls are pretty much covered with mementos and art, with one wall being formed by a long stainless bar and that holds the register and wine bottles. The tables differ, some being wood and others metal, some clothed and others bare. It is a wonderfully cozy spot but if you want a table, reservations are a must – even at lunch. The rest of the business is take out. In the back of the restaurant is the giant pizza oven, where Jérémie makes incredible pies. The excellent crust is topped with fresh, quality ingredients. Not much English is spoken by the owners but enough for us to get by (especially with the help of another customer). However even with a language barrier, we couldn’t have felt more welcome. Wine selection is limited but very adequate.
The Parma pizza had tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, Parmesan, arugula, olives and balsamic. The excellent crust was chewy, tender and held up the ingredients well. Additional sheets of Parmesan were on top that really gave it extra flavor. All the ingredients had wonderful flavors and blended well with a perfect balance of ingredients to crust.
The Manon had tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. The tomatoes were outstanding as was the slight puff on the edge of the pie. Another taste treat.
We passed on dessert but with coffee she brought out tasty amaretto cookies and chocolate covered coffee beans. Both were tasty and fun with coffee.
As we talked on she brought out a special wine to share a glass with us. A truly lovely and generous gesture. Total thumbs up here.