The Place: Mamma Melina, 5101 25th Ave. N.E., 632-2271, University District. The

The Place: Mamma Melina, 5101 25th Ave. N.E., 632-2271, University District. The Hours: Daily 3-6 p.m., 9-11 p.m. The Deal: Mamma Melina slashes the prices on all its bar-menu items by half during happy hour. And this isn’t some bar with lousy, prepackaged pub food. Think platters of thin-sliced prosciutto di Parma ($6 at happy hour), pasta with Bolognese sauce ($6.50), and clams with white beans and pancetta ($6). You can also get plate-sized, wood-fired pizzas for just $6, though only the Margherita, Corydon (pepperoni), and marinara varieties.The deals don’t stop at the food. Glasses of house red, white, or rose are just $3.75, or get the whole bottle for $14. Granted, these prices don’t get you the barolos or the brunellos, but you can get a perfectly serviceable pizza wine like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. And for beer drinkers, all taps are just $2.95. The Digs: Located in an otherwise sterile strip of modern condos and retail space across from University Village, Mamma Melina anchors a corner of the complex. On sunny days, with the restaurant’s large glass doors open onto the expansive patio, it looks more like L.A. than the U District. Large, umbrella-topped tables spill out onto the patio, while tables inside are topped with white linens and surrounded by sleek, modern, molded-plastic chairs. Don’t forget to set your gaze upward, where you’ll see some unique ceiling fixtures. The crowd is a mixture of UW staff with–I kid you not–corduroy blazers with leather elbow patches, young professionals from the surrounding neighborhoods in for a cheap and tasty meal, and a few students who clearly know a good deal when they see one. The Verdict: Mamma Melina has been in the game for a long time–from their original location on Roosevelt Ave., to the new location near University Village–and has always cranked out authentic and tasty Italian food. The new location includes a wood-fired oven, and they char the pizzas just enough to make the crust flavorful and delicious, but not too much, so the center is still a little soggy. Pasta portions are sizable, even at happy-hour prices, and wine pours are generous. Follow Voracious on Twitter and Facebook.