I went there for lunch a couple of years back & ordered a salad & a diet Coke & scungili. An hour & 15 minutes later I'm still waiting & some young-dumb & full of ---- philosopher told me if I'd wanted fast-food I should have gone to Micky-D's. I told him he was right & put the 4.oo on the table for the salad & drink & was in the street a minute later. The owner came out (Ed. Vasaio) & asked me if there was a problem. I said, "no, not at all, young genius here gave me some good advice" Ed told me to call him in a bit & bring the wife to dinner on him. I called 2 months later and asked him if he remembered me & said, "I'm just glad you remembered me" yadda-yadda can we come over to dinner? 7:3o ok? Bing- he has a table ready- He comes over after we're seated, this is this & that's that la la la- I just tell him, you know what's what here. You show me what you want me to see & take it from there. We had it all. We had to carry home 3 card-board things you get a case of beer in w/take-out containers. I just guess he knew I'd tell the story. I'm a regular over there. Best Italian food in Richmond, Va. I've been all over the place & love it but come here & see for yourselves. The appearance of the place from the outside looks like it ought to be a "Social-Club" in you know where Ed Vasaio puts all his energy & creativity into the food.
We live in Charlotte, NC now but lived in Richmond from 8/96 to 6/99. A local restaurant critic visited MammaZu's and must have been "served" by the same genius you got the first time around. When they asked what kind of sauce was served with a particular dish, they were told, "the red kind". With any luck, this guy is now following the advice he gave you and asks his customers, "Do you want fries with that?"
Really great food but service was definitely lacking.