Italian guy missed home cooking so much he opened a restaurant and hired his mom

Mamma Emilia making pasta. Each mamma spends about three months working in the restaurant

(CNN) — Like many Italians living abroad, Peppe Corsaro missed his mother’s cooking.

Born in Sicily, he moved to London when he was 16, and soon started yearning for his home flavors and traditions — especially the bustling Sunday lunch, when mothers and grandmothers cooked timeless favorites for an open-air, marathon feast that could easily spill into the evening hours.

After he built up a career in the restaurant business, Corsaro was enjoying a night out with friends when one jokingly suggested that he should bring over his mother to cook.

He took it seriously.

“I said to myself, why not? So I called my mom and I asked her. She said: ‘I’ll come tomorrow.'”

That’s how La Mia Mamma began. The eatery launched as a pop-up in 2018, before growing to today’s pair of restaurants and a deli.

Mamma Emilia making pasta. Each mamma spends about three months working in the restaurant

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