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prima Jan 26, 2013 05:27 PM

What's your favourite pizza to order at Mamma's Pizza?

  1. TorontoJo Jan 26, 2013 06:10 PM

    The Tuscany Tenderloin. I love the combination of the asiago cheese, roasted red peppers and caramelized onions -- the beef itself is almost superfluous for me (which is good, because they don't put much on there).

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      prima Jan 26, 2013 06:16 PM

      thanks, TorontoJo. I'll order the Tusacany Tenderloin next time. Tonight, I chose my own toppings: Italian sausage, mushrooms, hot Italian peppers and rapini, with their free options of plum tomato sauce, oregano & fresh garlic. Best take-out pizza I've ordered in a long time. So much better than the walk-in slices.

      1. re: prima
        kwass Jan 27, 2013 03:03 AM

        Which Mama's did you order from prima? Because I agree, it WAS the best take out pizza ever and my go-to place for a long time, but then it went downhill.

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          juno Jan 27, 2013 06:33 AM

          I'd also be intrigued to learn which Mama's outlet you ordered from. Because the one and only time I ever ordered takeout from Mama's - at Leslie and York Mills Rd. - the result was so dismal, so tasteless, such a total botch, that I swore never ever to order from any Mama's for the rest of my natural life. That was a couple of years ago. So I'd be interested to discover if my experience was merely an exceedingly bad day from one lousy franchise outlet. Indeed, ever since, whenever I crave pizza, I'll have it at a restaurant - to me, pizza invariably tastes best immediately out of the oven.

          1. re: juno
            prima Jan 27, 2013 07:25 AM

            I think Mamma's Pizza does vary from location to location, and probably varies depending on who is working. I don't know if I improved the pizza by ordering the option of fresh plum tomato sauce rather than the standard sauce, and adding fresh garlic and oregano. I like the current website design for online ordering. It's possible to order certain toppings on half the pizza. Other options include gluten-free or whole wheat dough, well-done, regular or lightly-done, thinner dough or thicker dough.

            This is the Mamma's I've ordered from the most. I usually recognize the guys who are working. Last night, the guy who made my pizza was was someone who I hadn't seen or met before.

            I had a disappointingly gritty slice at Bayview & Eglinton location a few years ago, which seemed to be the result of an employee not rinsing the spinach sufficiently. Over the last few years, I've been underwhelmed by most slices I've picked up at most chains (usually Mamma's or Pizzaiolo, occasionally Pizza Nova or Pizzaville) and I've noticed the made-to-order pizzas usually taste better to me.

            I like restaurant pizza, but I also like take-out pizza. Most restaurant pizzas I've ordered in Toronto over the last few years have been thin crust or Neapolitan-style. Most thinner crust restaurant pizzas in North Toronto won't work when I'm craving a more doughy pizza. I was craving doughy pizza with substance last night, and wanted some leftovers for breakfast.

          2. re: kwass
            Ediblethoughts Jan 27, 2013 07:15 AM

            Last time I ordered from Mama's it was meh compared to our usual order from Pizza Nova though I have no idea which location we ordered from. (As a side note, the veg lasagna from the Eglinton and Bayview location was very underwhelming---passable tomato sauce but only tiny bits of the cauliflower, broc, etc. they promise...)

            1. re: Ediblethoughts
              prima Jan 27, 2013 07:44 AM

              What's your usual pizza at Pizza Nova? I've never ordered a whole pizza from Pizza Nova. I've just tried the slices from the location near Lawrence Station. Maybe I'll order a whole Pizza Nova pizza to compare their pizza to the neighbourhood Mamma's, next time.

              Do any pizza chains in TO serve good lasagna? (Not trying to yank your chain, I'm genuinely curious ;-)) I guess I'm not surprised that the vegetarian lasagna at Mamma's Pizza would be underwhelming, considering I can't even find good lasagna in recommended Italian restaurants with table service in TO!

              1. re: prima
                Ediblethoughts Jan 27, 2013 04:52 PM

                I usually order WW crust, tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, mushrooms and garlic. It's gooood. We rarely get a bad pizza. They load it on and it's very tasty.

                Point taken on veg lasagna. Not that many places offer it so I jump when I see it. Phipps makes a good spinach cheese lasagna (not a pizza place). Pasta Perfection (if it even still exists) had a tasty one. Other than that, yeah, hard to find a good one. I think Cora's near High Park might have made a good ones some years back?

                1. re: Ediblethoughts
                  prima Jan 27, 2013 07:54 PM

                  Thanks! I'll try your Pizza Nova order next, but probably on the standard white crust.

                  Hopefully some other Chowhounds can suggest a pizza place that serves a decent veg lasagna. :-)

                  1. re: prima
                    Ediblethoughts Jan 28, 2013 11:14 AM

                    That would be nice! Let me know how you find Pizza Nova.

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts
                      prima Jun 14, 2013 06:55 AM

                      I finally ordered Pizza Nova- first time I ordered a take-out pizza since my order at Mamma's! I was in the mood for a classic, so we got their deluxe (regular white crust, pepperoni, bacon, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers).

                      I liked the dough and the sauce, and it was a good version of the type of Ontario-style pizza I grew up with. I would order from Pizza Nova again, but I think I like the sauce and pepperoni at Mamma's a little better. It could partly be the luck of the draw, depending on who is working.

                      Any Pizzaville lovers out there? I'll probably give their deluxe a try next time I need a take-out pizza, just to try out the competition.

                      1. re: prima
                        magic Jun 14, 2013 04:32 PM

                        I really like Pizzaville.

                        I find they vary by location. Yonge/Sheppard and Yonge/Steeles locations are really good!

                        Yonge/Fairlawn not too bad, but I've seemed to have better zas from those first two locations. Still, not bad.

                        1. re: magic
                          prima Jun 14, 2013 07:52 PM

                          Thanks, magic. I've had a slice from the Fairlawn location. WIll try to get a whole pizza from Yonge & Sheppard next time I order a take-out pizza.

                          1. re: prima
                            magic Jun 14, 2013 08:06 PM

                            Excellent :)

              2. re: Ediblethoughts
                prima Jan 27, 2013 10:37 AM

                I do like that Pizza Nova includes a Nutrition Guide on their website. http://www.pizzanova.com/nutrition/nu...

              3. re: kwass
                prima Jan 27, 2013 07:17 AM

                The Mamma's location at 3218 Yonge, north of Lawrence Station. I picked up the order.

                I've bought quite a few slices at this location over the years. The made-to-order pizzas seem to always end up tasting better than the slices.

                1. re: prima
                  magic Jan 27, 2013 09:37 AM

                  I'm not a fan of Mamma's. I've probably only had it from a few locations, mostly from the Eglinton/Bathurst location. It's always awful. The last time I had it I swore would be my last. I intend to keep that promise to myself.

                  Does anyone remember the Mamma's that used to be in Yorkdale about 30 years ago? It's long since closed but sticks out as some of the best pizza I've ever had.

                  1. re: magic
                    kwass Jan 27, 2013 09:47 AM

                    Actually the best Mamma's Pizza was the Mamma's which started it all. It was the takeout side of Monte Carlos on Eglinton close to the Allen

                    1. re: kwass
                      magic Jan 27, 2013 09:51 AM

                      I don't remember that location.

                      All I remember is Monte Carlo itself, which in its heyday was incredible. Basically the exact same piza as the Yorkdale Mamma's location I spoke of. Amazing.

                      I miss it.

                      (I believe Mammas' head office is still located in that location, where Monte Carlo used to be - in the upstairs section of the building.)

                      1. re: magic
                        kwass Jan 27, 2013 09:57 AM

                        That's what I'm talking about...Monte Carlo in it's heyday. And as far as I know, that was the original Mamma's pizza, which then turned into a chain.

                        1. re: kwass
                          magic Jan 27, 2013 09:59 AM

                          Yes. That was incredible pizza.

                          Mamma's now compared to then, to me at least, is not the same product in any way.

                          1. re: magic
                            kwass Jan 27, 2013 10:04 AM

                            I agree Magic! It doesn't even come close :(

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            bbbradk Jan 27, 2013 10:16 AM

            I've only ever had slices from them, they are horrible

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              Jar Jun 14, 2013 07:04 AM

              I only ordered once from the several years closed Maple location and no one liked it at all, extremely poor pizza that day and kind of unforgiveable considering the amount of Italians living there, would have expected better!

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              1. re: Jar
                prima Jun 14, 2013 07:14 AM

                Too bad! :-)

                I've found the Mamma's Pizza does vary from location to location, depending on who is making it.

                My last Pizza Nova pizza and my last Mamma's Pizza were better tasting than the last half dozen pizzas I've ordered from local independent Ontario-style pizza places (in London, ON, not TO). I don't know how some of the independent pizza places are staying in business, selling pizzas with dough that tastes like cardboard, or dough that's half-raw in the middle! I had been trying to support local, but it's become difficult to find local Ontario-style pizza places.

                Other than Gerrard Pizza, Danforth Pizza House, Bitondo's and Vesuvio's, it seems there aren't too many locally run, independently-owned Ontario-style pizza places on the subway line.

                1. re: prima
                  magic Jun 14, 2013 04:34 PM

                  Is there a Mamma's location you've had good luck with?

                  1. re: magic
                    prima Jun 14, 2013 07:56 PM

                    I've had good luck from the 3218 Yonge, north of Lawrence Station, when I've ordered take-out or delivery.

                    It's starting to look like I've just been much luckier with my Mamma's pizza orders compared to the majority of Chowhounds in the GTA or I've got really horrible taste when it comes to chain pizza!

                    1. re: prima
                      magic Jun 14, 2013 08:06 PM

                      I'm thinking good luck!

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                barneyvernon Jun 14, 2013 08:18 AM

                We ordered from them about 2 months ago,for the first time in many, many years. It was delivery and I think it was from the Yonge & Sheppard location. It was absolutely horrible. Everything was mushed together, a speck of green pepper, a speck of mushroom, no distinct taste of any of the ingredients. Of the chains, Pizza Nova is much better at least you get big pieces of veggies.

                I sent Mamma's an email telling them how awful it was, and they never responded. I wouldn't go back even if it was free.

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                  mrsyumyum Jun 14, 2013 02:43 PM

                  Devil's Delight and Gourmet Delight are my favourites...

                  But if you get a chance try Pizzaiolo...lots of great pizza - Godfather, Capone, Brando...

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                  1. re: mrsyumyum
                    kwass Jun 15, 2013 04:18 AM

                    I liked Pizzaiolo when it 1st opened, but i find it isn't nearly as good now as it was a few years ago.

                    1. re: kwass
                      Full tummy Jun 16, 2013 02:57 AM

                      Which location? It is still my favourite. We have had great pizzas from the Beaches location for years now.

                      1. re: kwass
                        kwass Jun 16, 2013 09:29 AM

                        It was the original location. Can't remember where that was.

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                      Wino In Training Jun 15, 2013 07:45 AM

                      Given that a Mamma's flyer arrived the other day and it had an ad for a pizza with penne on it, baked... ummmm, no. Maybe Mamma's has jumped the proverbial pizza shark.

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