Stop gnawing on rubbery slices and discover the perfect circle with today’s Groupon: $10 gets you $20 worth of food and drink at Mamma Mia Subs & Brick Oven Pizza at either Phoenix location (3937 or 806 E. Indian School Rd.).
The pizza here is truly pizza. Get doughy foldable triangles spackled with a generous heaping of bubbly cheese and just the right ratio of zesty tomato sauce. (Pizzas start at $9.95 downtown and $10.99 at the Arcadia location, but can quickly escalate to $282.57 depending on how many toppings you add.) Produce-lovers will revel in the veggie pizza, loaded with onions, broccoli, spinach, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms, and sprinkled with a talcum powder-like coating of extra cheese. You can also opt for a healthy low-carb option by ordering the personal pie on a whole-wheat crust. If you're against eating altogether, pizza can also serve as a blanket for a turtle or be folded into an anniversary card.
If circular food makes you nervous, take your pick from a plethora of pasta dishes served at the Arcadia location (starting at $6.99 for a simple pasta). The lobster ravioli (chewy crustacean-packed pockets drenched in a roasted-pepper and brandy cream sauce) or baked manicotti will satisfy your craving for carbohydrates; or pick from Mamma Mia's tasty wings, salads, baked entrees, desserts, and cold or hot subs, including meatball parmaigiana, eggplant parmaigiana, and cheese steak.
Mamma Mia is a family-style restaurant that once simultaneously served Cyndi McCain and a homeless man, according to Metromix (rumors of a forthcoming sitcom remain simply rumors). The furnishings and ambience—mob-era memorabilia on the walls, blaring big-band music—bring a little of the East Coast to the Southwest. Mamma Mia is open seven days a week.
The Phoenix New Times named Mama Mia the “Best Slice of Pizza - 2007”. Yelpers, Citysearchers and five Insider Pagers give the Arcadia location an average of four stars. As for the downtown location, Yelpers have granted it a 4.5 star average.
- Run by New Jersey natives, Mamma Mia serves up an exemplary piece of pizza, with a thin, crisp crust, primo sauce with a bit of tomatoey sweetness, and just the right amount of cheese, all bubbly and lightly browned. Every neighborhood should have a spot like this. – Phoenix New Times
- Add small drink, pay CHEAP fare, and enjoy this blissful ride to pizza heaven. – Bo G., Yelp