July 24th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
No furniture, wood or home decor posts today. I've taken the week off to tour through a handful of colleges with Riley. We drove down to LeHigh Universtiy in Bethlehem, PA last night and toured through the school today before journeying further South to Washington DC.
I loved Lehigh. Riley's interested in studying engineering and they have a wonderful program.
But who cares about that? I came along for the food. Just kidding. But Kendall and I visited LeHigh two years ago and stumbled upon America's best Italian restaurant, Mama Nina on historic Main Street in Bethlehem. Ever since that day I've been hoping Riley would want to visit Lehigh
If you love Italian food and you're ever in the Bethlehem area, I'd say Mama Nina is well worth going out of your way for. I had her signature salad of fresh greens, mozarella, sliced tomato, fresh basil, orange slices, black olives, artichoke hearts and roasted red and yellow peppers. I know it sounds a little busy, but it's incredible. Riley had pizza (of course). Between the two of us we had food for a family of 6 and the bill was $21.38.
It must be we're not the only Mama Nina fans because there were pictures of Bill Clinton, Barak Obama and Joe Biden's visits on the walls.
So my tip of the day (for all you foodies with college bound kids) is: get your son or daughter interested in LeHigh University. Visit on a nice day so you can head over to Mama Nina's outdoor dining terrace, indulge in warm, freshly baked garlic bread and watch the world go by. An extra bonus: it may even take the edge off thinking about tuition.
Here's another LeHigh bonus. Season's Tap Room, just a couple doors down from Mama Nina. Not beers, but hundreds of the world's finest gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Sample each one if you like and enjoy the flavor or order online.