Chamber Luncheon Starts of the New Year in a Positive Direction

City Manager Richard Carmean, Mama Maria’s Owners Franco & Sal LaRagione, Chamber President Fred Rohm

By CCGM Executive Director Jo Schmeiser

Months ago when long time chamber member Franco LaRagione, from Mama Maria Italian Restaurant, asked me how the restaurant could get more involved with the chamber we decided the quickest way would be to showcase his business.

At the time we didn’t have a January General Membership Luncheon scheduled, however after much discussion we thought this would be a great opportunity for both organizations. The restaurant would be able to offer guests authentic Italian cuisine, show off their comfortable, casual restaurant and the chamber would offer members an opportunity to network, enjoy great food and learn from a guest speaker.

At the time I wasn’t sure who we would ask to be our guest speaker, however after there was a change in personnel in the City of Milford and Richard Carmean was asked to fill in as City Manager I knew just who to ask. Fortunately Richard was available, and said he would be delighted to be the guest speaker at our January luncheon.

Over sixty chamber members attended the luncheon, and completely filled the back end of the restaurant ready to try Caesar Salad, Grilled Vegetables, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Panini, Penne Pasta Al Forno, Chicken Francese’, Cannoli’s & Sfogliatelle and hear what Richard had to say about the City of Milford.

Richard informed guests that he stepped in as City Manager immediately after David Baird’s departure as there are several items on the table that need to be taken care of right away. He says he didn’t feel the issues at hand could wait, and that he jumped into the City Manager position from his temporary position as Milford Economic Development Manager. Richard also addressed the possibility of a solar field, the decrease in electric costs and the demolition of the building currently housing the chamber and Downtown Milford, Inc. He closed by letting chamber members know he is available to speak with them anytime they have questions or concerns about the City of Milford.

Guests were then treated to a wonderful buffet. There was plenty of food and several choices. I filled my plate and was pleased with everything I sampled. OK, I’ll admit it, I even took a couple Cannoli’s’ and a Sfogliatelle to go, to enjoy later.

If you’re interested in having a business, family or private party of any sort, they offer space in the restaurant as well as offer catering. They have an extensive menu with everything from pizza to pasta, appetizers to antipasto, dine-in and take-out.
Mama Maria’s is located in the Milford Plaza, and has been in Milford since 1985. If you haven’t been there, and you like authentic Italian food, you should try them because they truly are “Not your ordinary pizza place”.

For more information about Mama Maria Italian Restaurant call 422.2661 visit, and like them on facebook. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford, or to find out about other chamber events call 422.3344, or email