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Owners Close Mama's Hand Made Italian, Focus on Downtown Grocery in Ludlow

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An employee at Mama's Hand Made Italian - FILE: TOM MCNEIL
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  • An employee at Mama's Hand Made Italian

Ski-season dining options look a little different near Okemo Mountain Resort this winter. Ludlow's Mama's Hand Made Italian closed its doors in late October after two years of serving handcrafted pastas and Italian classics.

Owners Abby and Rogan Lechthaler have decided to focus exclusively on Downtown Grocery, the area's first farm-to-table fine-dining restaurant, which the couple has owned and operated since 2010.

"Two restaurants, two children, two mortgages, two staffs, only two of us — it was too much," Abby Lechthaler told Seven Days in an email.

Until they find a buyer for the restaurant, the Lechthalers will host occasional pop-ups "to pay the mortgage." Pop-ups featuring Asian-influenced dishes such as ramen, gyoza and tofu lettuce wraps are announced on the restaurant's social media.