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Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza: Two MM’s cuz its MM MM good!

November 2, 2008
Mammas Margherita Pizza Slice. Yummy!

Mammas Margherita Pizza Slice. Yummy!

My food inspirations initially came from the foodie site www.yelp.com . Real reviews from real people. None of that self advertisement crap meant to exploit the good natured honesty of the real foodies of the world. And so i happened to stumble across Mamma’s brick oven pizza in nearby pasadena. the pictures on the site was enough to stoke my curiosity, so much that on a casual sunday morning, my foodie buddy and I headed over to this joint to begin our enjoyment of a good slice of new york style pizza. the rest as they say, Is History.

Former KFC off of Fair Oaks

Mamma

 

Look at the red and white checkered table clothes

Look at the red and white checkered table clothes

Notice something similiar about the building? well, after a bit of digging around and talking to the owner, we found out that this actually use to be a KFC building, recently in the last few years taken over by mamma’s. Mamma herself, Jamie, spent her time remodeling the place to give it her own homely, non-kfc, appeal by stitching the draperies herself against the windows and a few other things.

 The pizza was so good here, after sunday a couple of co-workers and I came again, friday night after the rush where we were met by the hospitable and friendly owner steve. Curteous and warm, steve is truly a man that enjoys his job and shows it with his customers. upon entering, he set us right with our table, cleaning the table away and rushing us some free garlic knots for us to try before we made our order. Now thats service!

Yummy Garlic Knots

Yummy Garlic Knots

Notice the thin layer of olive oil and garlic over each piece

Notice the thin layer of olive oil and garlic over each piece

 As you can see, the garlic knots come with a glistening of what could only be olive oil with a strong hint of garlic. moist and light,  the knots were also put in the oven for a few minutes for good measure. by the end of the night, i could still smell the garlic and i’m sure anyone that was within a few feet of me could as well. Now thats good garlic.

Look at the brick oven plus the girl trying to hide from the shot. LOL

Look at the brick oven plus the girl trying to hide from the shot. LOL

Now this pizza joint is a fast food/sit down restaruant type of vibe. You order and pay up front, choosing from either the plethora of different pre-made pizza slices or rolls, or the made to order pizzas and pasta. As you can see, their gourmet pizza slices come in a variety of toppings, from the usual fare of pepperoni and sausage, to others such as the Margherita which have fresh mozzarella, basil, zerty margherita sauce, parmigiano, with extra virgin olive oil. All of which is put into the brick oven to heat for several minutes. the overall affect is that of a tasty slice of new york thin crust pizza thats piping hot and tastes like it was just made to order.

The Margherita Slice

The Margherita Slice

I ordered the Magherita slice.  As you can see, they have different types of cheese generously applied to the whole of the pizza, with basil spread throughout. the slice of pizza came out piping hot, melty and long strips of cheese dangling from my mouth. To my suprise, the pizza was actually somewhat crispy, a welcome suprise.

The Brick Oven slice

The Brick Oven slice

My friends ordered the brick oven pizza (pepperoni, salami, italian sausages, mushrooms, olives, onions and resh mozzarella).  You can actually see the mozzarella ( the white patches on the pizza).  this pizza wasn’t crispy, but not suprising due to all the fat and grease coming off the meat, but still a tasty slice for meat lovers.

Mama Jamie and Steve. Suprise mama is asian?

Mama Jamie and Steve. Suprise mama is asian?

it was a joy to see steve interacting with his patrons, seeing him walk up to his customers asking how their meal was, having repeat customers telling him how much they loved his pizza. definitely one of those mum and pop joints that cater to repeat customers. oh, it also turns out steve is a big James Dean fan, thus his request to have his picture taken in front of the james dean photo.

Hazel Nut Gelato

Hazel Nut Gelato

 

at the end of the night, after a good few minutes of conversation, steve was generous enough to offer us some gelato to try. wow, first free garlic knots and now gelato!?!?! score. i have to say, the gelato was a little bit of a dissapointment. i ordered the hazel nut, and looking at the gelato, you could tell that perhaps it was left in the freezer a little too long. the gelato was a little hard to scoop, showing in the layers of gelato and the freezer burn taste. the sample of blueberry i tried was much better, it being the best selling so obviously had not been in the freezer as long as the others. But hey, its free right?!?! best bet for you if you feel like a little desert is to sample all of them first, then make your decision. The worker was more than happy to help us with that. The blue berry was very good overall though.

Overall, great pizza. the gelato leaves alittle to be desired, but hey, i go to a pizza place to get great pizza, and thats exactly what you get here at Mamma’s brick oven pizza plus a good helping of friendly hospitality.

Food: 4 outta 5 stars

Hospitality from steve the owner: 5 outta 5 stars.

710 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030

(626) 799-1344

Yelp reviews
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mammas-brick-oven-pizza-south-pasadena#hrid:JGym1f12AwC1LcQgOIwhnQ/query:mamma’s
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