Friends of the farinaceous gather here. Mama Theresa's is a full-bodied pizza and pasta restaurant, with plenty of other Italian specialties, too. It's diner-friendly and popular, plus a good stop after some heavy-duty shopping in the neighborhood.

The veteran eatery prepares satisfying marinara, Bolognese and olive oil-and-garlic sauces with any of 11 pastas. You'll also enjoy fusilli in pesto; short pasta with eggplant, ricotta and tomato sauce; and rigatoni alla vodka. The eggplant rollatine, chicken piccata, and chicken pizzaiola compete favorably.

The full range of pizzas is highlighted by the stuffed vegetable pie. the "crispino," an extra-thin pan pie, and the pizza bianco, topped with mozzarella, ricotta, and pecorino. There are 14 pies by the slice, too.

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Fried calamari and calamari arrabbiata, baked clams oreganata, minestrone, pasta e fagioli, and stracciatella alla Romana juice up the openers.

Mama Theresa's is located at 1071 Old Country Road, Westbury, 516-334-3334