Belle is an extra special mom, because she’s Chef Lisa’s mother. She was born to Russian-Jewish parents in 1920 in Philadelphia (her dad died just before she was born). Raised during the Depression, Belle began working as a waitress when she was 16 years old, then married her boss and became a restaurateur herself. She and her first husband Roy owned a number of different restaurants where Belle was the cook, waitress, hostess and manager (kind of like Lisa is today). When they divorced, she opened up her own luncheonette,called “the Little Spot” – with only 3 booths and 13 stools. She made everything from scratch every day, and waited on the guests, too. She was a trailblazer – a single mother of two running a successful business back in the 50’s. She met Lisa’s father in 1955, they married in 1956, she sold her restaurant, and Lisa was born a year later. Belle passed away when Lisa was only 21 years old, but the memories of her cooking live on. There’s no doubt that Lisa inherited her cooking abilities from her mom, who hosted numerous family dinners, fancy French buffets for 30 friends, and cooked every night for her family. Lisa still remembers the oohing and ahhing of the family while they were sipping their matzo ball soup or eating her made-from-scratch chopped liver, and only wishes her mother was alive today to taste hers.

M.O.M. Menu


Beef Brisket Sandwich
open-faced on grilled country bread, horseradish mayonnaise, melted Tillamook cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, pasta salad

Pigs in a Blanket
kosher hot dogs, puff pastry, stone ground mustard mayonnaise

Grandma Mary’s Meatballs
Painted Hills natural beef meatballs, mozzarella cheese, tomato-basil sauce, grilled bread


Beef Brisket
natural beef brisket braised for hours with onions, spices & red potatoes, seasonal vegetables

Chicken Cutlet Parmesan
pan-fried, mozzarella, tomato-basil sauce, linguini


Flourless Chocolate Cake 
house-made espresso ice cream, white & dark chocolate sauce