Stop gnawing on rubbery slices and discover the perfect circle with today’s Groupon: $10 gets you $35 worth of food and drink at Mamma Mia Subs & Brick Oven Pizza at either Phoenix location (3937 or 896 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, 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 (starting at $5.45 for simple spaghetti or ziti). 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.
- Mamma Mia's is straight-up good pizza. No mess, no fuss, just good, quality food. For under $5, you can get two big slices of New York-style pizza. – Ohmilee, Metromix
- Best pizza in the area / best food in its price range in the area. There is no fault to be found with their two slices special. My favorite trio of toppings is meatball, onion, and basil. – Ash C., Yelp
- If you miss the great pizza of the North End or New York, you will be delighted to find this place. Thin--but not too thin--crusts, not too much sauce. Good quality ingredients. – Tonythezonie, Citysearch
Pizza is a cultural institution, penetrating every sphere of modern media, including video games. The first pizza-inspired video game, Pizza Problems! was released by Activavision Studios (a former pinball-repair and budget key-copying service) in 1981.
Pizza Problems sold an unprecedented 300 copies in 1981, and was even briefly adapted into a Saturday morning animated series, although fans objected to Pepperoni’s portrayal as a softheaded comic foil. Activavision Studios recently announced plans for a 30th anniversary relaunch of the Pizza Problems franchise, a mature-rated gore fest featuring the sultry voice talents of David Hyde Pierce.