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Mamma Mia's In San Diego

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yanks26dmb Jun 1, 2008 04:07 PM

This is a little place in PB, on Grand Ave....Its in a little rustic, redone house right ont he street. Literally unbelievable. I am a transplant from the NYC area.....I know Italian food....this is BETTER than some of the best LIttle Italy restaurants in NY. Its apparently run by an Italian family..their entire staff is fresh from Italy. Kills anything in downtowns little italy. Prices are about half downtown too. Definitely check this place out.

  1. honkman Jun 8, 2008 08:28 PM

    We have tried this place three times now and were overall pretty disappointed. The appetizers are often good, but a lot of the entrees (we had vegetable lasagna, risotto (one of the worst ever) were very disappointing. And an italian restaurant serving a espresso without crema is just sad. For good (not oustanding) Italian food Barolo is much better than Mamma Mia

    1. Captain Jack Jun 5, 2008 04:05 PM

      I like Mama Mia too.

      Being a big fan of NYC Italian, I feel the need to point out that the best Italian is not to be found in Little Italy, so the analogy is not that flattering. Like our Gaslamp, much of Little Italy NYC is touristy.

      Yes, Mama Mia now has a beer and wine licence.

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        MrKrispy Jun 5, 2008 03:41 PM

        I need to check this place out. Has anyone been there recently that confirm they have wine/beer available now?

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          cstr Jun 6, 2008 05:07 AM

          Yes they do, they got their licence in March.

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          yanks26dmb Jun 5, 2008 03:01 PM

          semi related question...

          while mamma mia's isnt the only place on earth with a high quality marinara, it is very good.

          does anyone know how mamma mia's and other restaurants make this marinara? I do quite a bit of cooking, and get great reviews from freinds...but cannot for the life of me, get a marinara down the way the restaurants make it....can anyone help?

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            cstr Jun 6, 2008 05:08 AM

            One possibility is to use San Marzano tomatoes, from Italy.

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            cstr Jun 2, 2008 04:39 AM

            Yah, I gave a nice review months back, I commented about the use of homemade pasta sheets on lasagna and use of fresh ingredients for the price, no one seemed to get it, infact lots dissed the place. Hey, the place is real casual, not classy, with paper place mats etc. portions are not large but, the chow is very good. I've been back.

            Check out the thread for yourself.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/393846

            1. DiningDiva Jun 1, 2008 06:47 PM

              Yeah, we have :-). This is a board favorite but it hasn't gotten much play recently. Thanks for bumping it up.

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