Dee and Laurie Meduri say their friends have always commented on how good Laurie's cooking is.

They love how welcoming the family's Warren home makes them feel.

Today, that same home-style cooking and warm family atmosphere can be found at the restaurant they operate with their daughter, Star Meduri.

Mama's Hot Spot is located at 358 Danbury Road (Route 7 South) in New Milford.

"Mama is Laurie," said Star Meduri. "And we call it the hot spot not because we serve hot spicy food but because we want the restaurant to be the hot spot to come in New Milford."

Mama's specialty is the rib-eye sandwich. With its choice of cheeses and sauteed or raw onions, the Rib-eye Wedge offers mouth-watering goodness, Dee Meduri said.

"There was nowhere in town where you could get a nice steak sandwich or a good chili dog," Dee Meduri noted. "We'd been driving through town one day and Star wanted to stop for a chili dog. We realized there was nowhere to get one."

Dee's Special was born to Star's requirements -- a foot-long hot dog with a hot, long pepper, chili, sauteed or raw onion, and a choice of cheese.

Mama's opened in October on the west side of Danbury Road, just two buildings before Dunkin' Donuts for those traveling southbound.

Catering for small and large parties could include a pig roast overseen by Dee Meduri.

Starting this month, dinner specials are being added, featuring King Crab on Fridays and Saturdays and other seafood dishes throughout the week.

Soon the venue will include BYOB lunches and dinners.

"In the summer, we will have antique car shows here and four picnic tables added out back," Star Meduri said. "Starting this spring we'll offer home delivery."

Thirty years ago, Dee's Place in Stamford was the Meduri family restaurant. Today, Mama's Hot Spot celebrates Laurie Meduri's cooking.

Specialty pizzas include clams casino and BBQ white.

Fried clam or shrimp baskets, wedges and wraps, club sandwiches and burgers and salads complete the offerings.

Jeff and Rachel Nota were among Mama's first customers and have made the Hot Spot a regular stop.

"The food is really fresh and has a homemade taste," Rachel Nota said. "Dee and Star are so friendly. It's like stopping in to visit friends.

"Our kids gave us a gift card for Mama's this Christmas," she added, "and it was the perfect gift."

Mama's Hot Spot is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call 860-957-7231 to arrange catering.

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