Mamma Maria Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1637 E Passyunk Ave

    Philadelphia, PA 19148

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  • 215-463-6884

About Mamma Maria Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 10:30am - 10pm;Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. 3pm - 10pm

Food

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We were going to try this restaurant but after my experience at the Italian Festival a few weeks ago and the number of bad reviews I've read on this site, I don't think so. My children and I ordered several orders of sausage & peppers &

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We were going to try this restaurant but after my experience at the Italian Festival a few weeks ago and the number of bad reviews I've read on this site, I don't think so. My children and I ordered several orders of sausage & peppers &

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Very out-dated, environment. Felt like I was eating in someones 1970's livingroom. Was told the minute we walked in that the part of the establishment we were in was the party area because they just experienced a fire and the entire other

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Very out-dated, environment. Felt like I was eating in someones 1970's livingroom. Was told the minute we walked in that the part of the establishment we were in was the party area because they just experienced a fire and the entire other

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The advertisement in the South Philly Review is so inaccurate. I felt like I was dining at a tourist attraction restaurant in Walt Diney World. The service was terrible and people that worked there spoke broken English. I think they

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The advertisement in the South Philly Review is so inaccurate. I felt like I was dining at a tourist attraction restaurant in Walt Diney World. The service was terrible and people that worked there spoke broken English. I think they

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We were 5 adults and 2 children celebrating three family birthdays. We had reservations and from the moment we arrived, we encountered a waitress who treated us horribly. We were taken aback by her nasty attitude. None of us had ever met her before, and were baffled. She rattled off the menu at warp speed and became agitated when we asked for a repeat of something.
We had been there several times before, and always praised the place, but the wait staff had always been pleasant until now.
To top it off, we realized later that we were charged 22 1/2% tip instead of 18 or 20%. Also, we never could figure out what the children were charged. When we attempted to ask the girl about the bill, we were once again talked down to and treated like interlopers.
She ran by our table, in order not to be asked anything. I caught her attention at one point and asked for water, which never came from her. I finally got some from a passing busboy.
We are not the type of people who enjoy complaining, so we left, extremely disappointed, and vowing never to return. Needless to say, at $73 per meal, one might expect better.
However, I am glad for the opportunity to vent in this forum.

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We were 5 adults and 2 children celebrating three family birthdays. We had reservations and from the moment we arrived, we encountered a waitress who treated us horribly. We were taken aback by her nasty attitude. None of us had ever met her before, and were baffled. She rattled off the menu at warp speed and became agitated when we asked for a repeat of something.
We had been there several times before, and always praised the place, but the wait staff had always been pleasant until now.
To top it off, we realized later that we were charged 22 1/2% tip instead of 18 or 20%. Also, we never could figure out what the children were charged. When we attempted to ask the girl about the bill, we were once again talked down to and treated like interlopers.
She ran by our table, in order not to be asked anything. I caught her attention at one point and asked for water, which never came from her. I finally got some from a passing busboy.
We are not the type of people who enjoy complaining, so we left, extremely disappointed, and vowing never to return. Needless to say, at $73 per meal, one might expect better.
However, I am glad for the opportunity to vent in this forum.

Pros: Outweighed by the cons

Cons: Surly waitress

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We have been going to Mamma's for years. Over the years to the present time we have notice a decline in service, a decline in food quality, and an increase in price. We went to Mamma's with a party of six people. All we did was brag about the restaurant, and at the end we had to apologize to our friends about everything. The waiter told us the wine was home made, it was Carlo Rossi(cheap wine). They served us canned veggies(not kidding), the pasta was box pasta ,(not homemade),and the main course was bla. Also the price went (UP) TO $55.00 per person. We were there for 3 1/2 hours. The service was a joke. Also with a party of 6 people the restaurant added there own 20% tip on the bill and for 6 people with the tip and tax it was $427.68. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GO ! WE WILL NEVER BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been going to Mamma's for years. Over the years to the present time we have notice a decline in service, a decline in food quality, and an increase in price. We went to Mamma's with a party of six people. All we did was brag about the restaurant, and at the end we had to apologize to our friends about everything. The waiter told us the wine was home made, it was Carlo Rossi(cheap wine). They served us canned veggies(not kidding), the pasta was box pasta ,(not homemade),and the main course was bla. Also the price went (UP) TO $55.00 per person. We were there for 3 1/2 hours. The service was a joke. Also with a party of 6 people the restaurant added there own 20% tip on the bill and for 6 people with the tip and tax it was $427.68. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU GO ! WE WILL NEVER BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Homemade Limoncello

Cons: TO EXPENSIVE, SLOW SERVICE,NOT CONSISTENT

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The staff treats you like family. You walk in and they make you feel like you came over to their home for dinner. The food is delicious, the service is great. The food is pricey but worth it. The area is nice for dates. I love that little strip on Passyunk.

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★★★★★

The staff treats you like family. You walk in and they make you feel like you came over to their home for dinner. The food is delicious, the service is great. The food is pricey but worth it. The area is nice for dates. I love that little strip on Passyunk.

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Mamma Maria's was one of my best dining experience ever! Mamma herself makes sure you feel right at home from the first course ro the last! What a great, delicious restaurant!

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Mamma Maria's was one of my best dining experience ever! Mamma herself makes sure you feel right at home from the first course ro the last! What a great, delicious restaurant!

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1st time at restaurant tonight with other season Italian americans, still close enough to speak italian. The food was nice, relaxed atmostphere and momma came out to greet us, very hospitable. Several course and all nice, like family food. Still, for a restaurant it's missing creativity and attention to detail. like my mamma, she can cook but not much on technique. Some things were dry and often could have been make better with just a bit more food knowledge. Sometimes home cooking is not enough to send a restaurant to the top. Finally, not a bad value for the time spent and variety given, but if you are looking for fine or creative or any new quisine this isn't the place for you.

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★★★☆☆

1st time at restaurant tonight with other season Italian americans, still close enough to speak italian. The food was nice, relaxed atmostphere and momma came out to greet us, very hospitable. Several course and all nice, like family food. Still, for a restaurant it's missing creativity and attention to detail. like my mamma, she can cook but not much on technique. Some things were dry and often could have been make better with just a bit more food knowledge. Sometimes home cooking is not enough to send a restaurant to the top. Finally, not a bad value for the time spent and variety given, but if you are looking for fine or creative or any new quisine this isn't the place for you.

Pros: homey atmosphere, and friendly momma!

Cons: no creativity, little attention to detail of cooking

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We have been at this restaurant for 4 times now over the past few years. I spent almost $300 for 4 people. We were there for a little under 2.5 hrs. Mostly because of waiting for the food. I had paid the bill and about 10 minutes had passed. We were just about to leave when Momma came over and said the the table was reserved for others and we should leave. I was dumfounded ! Needless to say, we will NEVER goback thre again. I am giving 2 stars because the food is good.

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We have been at this restaurant for 4 times now over the past few years. I spent almost $300 for 4 people. We were there for a little under 2.5 hrs. Mostly because of waiting for the food. I had paid the bill and about 10 minutes had passed. We were just about to leave when Momma came over and said the the table was reserved for others and we should leave. I was dumfounded ! Needless to say, we will NEVER goback thre again. I am giving 2 stars because the food is good.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Cramped

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Going to Mamma Maria's is like eating dinner at a friend's house. The staff are very friendly, Mamma always comes out and greets the guests, complimentary wine and limocello wine flow freely; however, I have to say that they do take some short cuts on the food preparation. For example, the antipasta was on the table before we sat down wrapped in saran wrap, some components of the dishes were canned (olives, veggies). All in all, we had a good experience but with all the great Italian places in So. Phila, chances are I won't be back.

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★★★☆☆

Going to Mamma Maria's is like eating dinner at a friend's house. The staff are very friendly, Mamma always comes out and greets the guests, complimentary wine and limocello wine flow freely; however, I have to say that they do take some short cuts on the food preparation. For example, the antipasta was on the table before we sat down wrapped in saran wrap, some components of the dishes were canned (olives, veggies). All in all, we had a good experience but with all the great Italian places in So. Phila, chances are I won't be back.

Pros: Homemade limoncello, friendly service

Cons: not the best Italian food in the city

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I have to say that my wife and I did not have the chance to taste the food. We made reservation 6 days in advance for Valentine's day. Although we had reservations, we had to wait more than 1 hour and 20 minutes right next to the door! The reservations were just overbooked ! I had never experienced that before and I can tell you that this is not the kind of thing you wish for Valentine's day. We just gave up waiting and left for another restaurant because it was just too much!

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I have to say that my wife and I did not have the chance to taste the food. We made reservation 6 days in advance for Valentine's day. Although we had reservations, we had to wait more than 1 hour and 20 minutes right next to the door! The reservations were just overbooked ! I had never experienced that before and I can tell you that this is not the kind of thing you wish for Valentine's day. We just gave up waiting and left for another restaurant because it was just too much!

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I had the best time here! Each course was amazing. There was a guy singing and playing the accordion. But the best part was the liquors they brought to the table at the end of the meal. All you can drink! The fixed price is kind of high ($50 I think) but you really get your money's worth!

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I had the best time here! Each course was amazing. There was a guy singing and playing the accordion. But the best part was the liquors they brought to the table at the end of the meal. All you can drink! The fixed price is kind of high ($50 I think) but you really get your money's worth!

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A group of six went for the special course dinner. The food was very good. I believe the best thing that we found there was the homemade creamy limoncello. It is the absolute best that any of us have ever tasted!!

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A group of six went for the special course dinner. The food was very good. I believe the best thing that we found there was the homemade creamy limoncello. It is the absolute best that any of us have ever tasted!!

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My family is from Italy and I love everything about this place from the 1st to the 7th course! The vegetable antipasto is insanely good, the crepelle soup is as good as my grandmother's! It's so tiny, but that's what gives it so much of it's appeal to me! I would definitely recommend it for a date, nice family dinner out or a starting point with a night out with the girls.

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My family is from Italy and I love everything about this place from the 1st to the 7th course! The vegetable antipasto is insanely good, the crepelle soup is as good as my grandmother's! It's so tiny, but that's what gives it so much of it's appeal to me! I would definitely recommend it for a date, nice family dinner out or a starting point with a night out with the girls.

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I felt it was "average" not fabulous as some friends said it would be. I felt is was too dark with very old fashion decorations. Red/white wine was plentiful. Although their wine gave me a headache the next day. Not used to that. Appetizer platter: roasted eggplant, peppers and garbanzo beans was good. Bread was warm and crusty. The white bean soup..just okay. Pasta course was good. Entree of roasted seafood was also good....3 large shrimp, 1 langostino, 2 scallops, 3 pieces of calamari.... very little string beans and 1/4 piece of potato. Desserts were fair; nothing to write home about. Six slices of 6 different layer cakes. Come on, this is South Philadelphia...home of the best pastries in the city. No fruit, no cheese after dinner as one of my friends said Maria displays. My double espresso was good. Tried to get another but couldn't get attention of staff.

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I felt it was "average" not fabulous as some friends said it would be. I felt is was too dark with very old fashion decorations. Red/white wine was plentiful. Although their wine gave me a headache the next day. Not used to that. Appetizer platter: roasted eggplant, peppers and garbanzo beans was good. Bread was warm and crusty. The white bean soup..just okay. Pasta course was good. Entree of roasted seafood was also good....3 large shrimp, 1 langostino, 2 scallops, 3 pieces of calamari.... very little string beans and 1/4 piece of potato. Desserts were fair; nothing to write home about. Six slices of 6 different layer cakes. Come on, this is South Philadelphia...home of the best pastries in the city. No fruit, no cheese after dinner as one of my friends said Maria displays. My double espresso was good. Tried to get another but couldn't get attention of staff.

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Last week my family and I were walking around South Philadelphia looking for a great Italian restaurant. Since my mother?s family is from central Italy, I knew the odds were against us going in. The only other restaurant was Mexican (which I personally don?t like) we decided on Mamma Maria. Instantly we were seated without a wait (on a Sunday night), and the peppers and eggplant were brought right out. With no menu in front of us, we knew this was going to be an experience. All you can drink wine was the first pleasant surprise followed by many others. Needless to say, the experience was one of a kind. If you like ?REAL? Italian food and want to eat like real Italians do
I, highly recommend Mamma Maria. Not only was the wine and food delicious but the prices were extremely reasonable for the four hours we were there. They never rushed us and made sure we enjoyed every bite. Mamma Maria was walking by and stopped to have conversation with my mother. She explained to us that she moved here to the states 16 years ago and opened Mamma Maria a year later. I am so anxious to go to the seven fish dish in July. Thanks Mamma Maria for making our experience so wonderful.

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Last week my family and I were walking around South Philadelphia looking for a great Italian restaurant. Since my mother?s family is from central Italy, I knew the odds were against us going in. The only other restaurant was Mexican (which I personally don?t like) we decided on Mamma Maria. Instantly we were seated without a wait (on a Sunday night), and the peppers and eggplant were brought right out. With no menu in front of us, we knew this was going to be an experience. All you can drink wine was the first pleasant surprise followed by many others. Needless to say, the experience was one of a kind. If you like ?REAL? Italian food and want to eat like real Italians do
I, highly recommend Mamma Maria. Not only was the wine and food delicious but the prices were extremely reasonable for the four hours we were there. They never rushed us and made sure we enjoyed every bite. Mamma Maria was walking by and stopped to have conversation with my mother. She explained to us that she moved here to the states 16 years ago and opened Mamma Maria a year later. I am so anxious to go to the seven fish dish in July. Thanks Mamma Maria for making our experience so wonderful.

Pros: great food with a friendly staff

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My husband and I sat down to a small plate of antipasto waiting for us- a few pieces of grilled veggies & roasted peppers, along with bread. They brought out what was supposed to be pasta fagioli- it was not pasta fagioli, but rather a vegetable soup of sorts. It was really good, but not pasta fagioli none-the-less. We received a trio of pasta which was okay. Not great, not homemade, just okay. Then the entree. I'm pregnant & considering there were 3 fish dishes, 1 veal, 1 chix, & the 6th was a meat platter, I picked the meat. It had roasted pork, chicken, sausage & lamb-- I figured it couldn't be that bad. The pork had no flavor & no salt. I didn't even look at the lamb b/c it was grey & still on the bone. The chicken was manageable at best; the sausage tasted like it was ground together with misc meats & no fennel. I felt like I was at someone's home & didn't want to be rude but I couldn't manage to get it down my throat. I think I drank 8 glasses of water. The meat tasted like it was cooked the day before & reheated, EXTREMELY gamey. I was mid-bite when I realized we were eating leftovers from Valentine's dinner the night before. After politely mentioning that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to eat the rest of the goodies, we asked them to wrap our entrees to go. They brought out a plate of cheese, cantaloupe & 1 small salad. The salad was my favorite part and it was served on a saucer. All of the desserts were made with liquor except one: the "leftover cake Mamma made especially for Valentine's day"... the day before. I suffered through the Vienna frosting, hint of biscotti & red cherry on top, and was ready to get out of there. But not before they brought out already opened bottles of liquor for an after dinner cordial- Sambuca, Amaretto, Lemoncello, Orangecello and some sort of white cloudy-cello. The best part out of all this, aside from the fact that we were stuffed FULL of really bad Italian food... was that when the bill came it was $130 w/ tip.

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My husband and I sat down to a small plate of antipasto waiting for us- a few pieces of grilled veggies & roasted peppers, along with bread. They brought out what was supposed to be pasta fagioli- it was not pasta fagioli, but rather a vegetable soup of sorts. It was really good, but not pasta fagioli none-the-less. We received a trio of pasta which was okay. Not great, not homemade, just okay. Then the entree. I'm pregnant & considering there were 3 fish dishes, 1 veal, 1 chix, & the 6th was a meat platter, I picked the meat. It had roasted pork, chicken, sausage & lamb-- I figured it couldn't be that bad. The pork had no flavor & no salt. I didn't even look at the lamb b/c it was grey & still on the bone. The chicken was manageable at best; the sausage tasted like it was ground together with misc meats & no fennel. I felt like I was at someone's home & didn't want to be rude but I couldn't manage to get it down my throat. I think I drank 8 glasses of water. The meat tasted like it was cooked the day before & reheated, EXTREMELY gamey. I was mid-bite when I realized we were eating leftovers from Valentine's dinner the night before. After politely mentioning that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to eat the rest of the goodies, we asked them to wrap our entrees to go. They brought out a plate of cheese, cantaloupe & 1 small salad. The salad was my favorite part and it was served on a saucer. All of the desserts were made with liquor except one: the "leftover cake Mamma made especially for Valentine's day"... the day before. I suffered through the Vienna frosting, hint of biscotti & red cherry on top, and was ready to get out of there. But not before they brought out already opened bottles of liquor for an after dinner cordial- Sambuca, Amaretto, Lemoncello, Orangecello and some sort of white cloudy-cello. The best part out of all this, aside from the fact that we were stuffed FULL of really bad Italian food... was that when the bill came it was $130 w/ tip.

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The food actually wasn't that great, but there is a lot of it! The unlimited wine and liqueurs were amazing, and the service was great. Not sure it's worth the $55/person though. It was a fun time with the large group that I went with. It was a Sunday night, and there was no one else in the restauant, except for one other table that arrived near the end of our meal. I would have rather had a more upbeat atmosphere, but overall it was a fun experience.

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★★★★☆

The food actually wasn't that great, but there is a lot of it! The unlimited wine and liqueurs were amazing, and the service was great. Not sure it's worth the $55/person though. It was a fun time with the large group that I went with. It was a Sunday night, and there was no one else in the restauant, except for one other table that arrived near the end of our meal. I would have rather had a more upbeat atmosphere, but overall it was a fun experience.

Pros: unlimited drinks, lots of food, good for groups

Cons: quality of the food, price

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This was one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. I went with other folks from a business conference whom I did not know very well. However, we all felt like a family after enjoying the enormous amount of food and personal attention we received. It was a great atmosphere and I would highly recommend to anyone. I would love to find another excuse to go to Philly for work so that I would have a chance to eat here again.

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★★★★★

This was one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. I went with other folks from a business conference whom I did not know very well. However, we all felt like a family after enjoying the enormous amount of food and personal attention we received. It was a great atmosphere and I would highly recommend to anyone. I would love to find another excuse to go to Philly for work so that I would have a chance to eat here again.

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We go here once a year with friends - usually about 14 or 16 of us and it is always a crowd-pleaser. Lots of food and courses- and Mario the accordian player who entertains on weekends is great. He always plays " Can't Touch This" on the accordian and after a few glasses of house Chianti there isn't anything funnier. Food is good, but not exceptional. But it is a great place for a large group and they bring you a platter of cordials (the whole bottles!) and you can't beat it for $55/pp

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★★★★☆

We go here once a year with friends - usually about 14 or 16 of us and it is always a crowd-pleaser. Lots of food and courses- and Mario the accordian player who entertains on weekends is great. He always plays " Can't Touch This" on the accordian and after a few glasses of house Chianti there isn't anything funnier. Food is good, but not exceptional. But it is a great place for a large group and they bring you a platter of cordials (the whole bottles!) and you can't beat it for $55/pp

Pros: good value, entertaining, great for groups

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We stumbled on Mamma's one cold January night because it was the only parking space we could find. And, what a find it was! The food is excellent. I've never had even close to a disappointing meal. The service is very attentive and friendly and Mamma always makes you feel like family. The only bad thing about it is that I always overeat! The prix fixe menu is great and leaves no surprises

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★★★★★

We stumbled on Mamma's one cold January night because it was the only parking space we could find. And, what a find it was! The food is excellent. I've never had even close to a disappointing meal. The service is very attentive and friendly and Mamma always makes you feel like family. The only bad thing about it is that I always overeat! The prix fixe menu is great and leaves no surprises

Pros: Service, Quality of food, All inclusive price

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Mama personally visits every guest at her restaurant, making you feel extremely welcome. The staff are attentive and extremely knowledgable of all foods, and wines served. whether dining with two or ten, you will never be disappointed at Mama's!

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★★★★★

Mama personally visits every guest at her restaurant, making you feel extremely welcome. The staff are attentive and extremely knowledgable of all foods, and wines served. whether dining with two or ten, you will never be disappointed at Mama's!

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Such a waste of my money and my time. The food was blah at best. I had the swordfish, which was dry and tasteless. Salad? I could have made a better one myself. The dessert was ho-hum. It actually hurt me to pay that bill. I hate wasting good money on bad fod.

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Such a waste of my money and my time. The food was blah at best. I had the swordfish, which was dry and tasteless. Salad? I could have made a better one myself. The dessert was ho-hum. It actually hurt me to pay that bill. I hate wasting good money on bad fod.

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I have been going to Momma Maria's for years now. It is the best meal I have ever had. You feel like you at home with Momma Maria stopping at your table to make sure you are happy. The food is fantastic along with the service and atmosphere. You are encouraged to stay as long as you wish. I love the accordian player and his cannoli song. I wish I could eat there every night.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Momma Maria's for years now. It is the best meal I have ever had. You feel like you at home with Momma Maria stopping at your table to make sure you are happy. The food is fantastic along with the service and atmosphere. You are encouraged to stay as long as you wish. I love the accordian player and his cannoli song. I wish I could eat there every night.

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We ate there on Saturday night before a show. The service was excellent and timely as we requested. Every course was delicious, especially the pasta trio including basil pesto shells and the seafood dishes. We enjoyed a succulent swordfish with shitake mushrooms and a tilapia broiled with a light marinara sauce. The desserts were decadently delicious.

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We ate there on Saturday night before a show. The service was excellent and timely as we requested. Every course was delicious, especially the pasta trio including basil pesto shells and the seafood dishes. We enjoyed a succulent swordfish with shitake mushrooms and a tilapia broiled with a light marinara sauce. The desserts were decadently delicious.

Pros: All inclusive, Service, Food

Cons: Too much food, Cheesy music, Table too small

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Plenty of good Italian food, the wine glass that never goes empty and great service. What more can I say?

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Plenty of good Italian food, the wine glass that never goes empty and great service. What more can I say?

 

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