Traditional American Pizza is hard to come by in Edinburgh, a city that is swamped with thin based Italian inspired alternatives. But rather than call off the search, I stumbled across an establishment whose moto ‘May yer dough be ever crispy’, tickled my taste buds. Mamma’s restaurant in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, delivers quality pizza and panzerotti, teamed with an undeniable American touch.
The menu itself is vast, providing a range of starters, main courses and deserts. However, a visit to Mamma’s for me wouldn’t be complete without one of their fantastic pizzas. The beauty of Mamma’s lies in the element of choice. There is no list of ready made pizzas for you to choose from, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Once you’ve decided how hungry you are, you can choose from a 9”, 12”, 14” or 16” pizza, which is accompanied by either mild or spicy tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. From this point onwards, the options are endless. The toppings are broken down into categories which include meat, seafood, cheese, fruit and veg, and various other toppings. And no, you haven’t misread anything, I did say fruit. Should you veer off to the adventurous side, your pizza could be adorned with bananas and apples, and to further promote Mamma’s as an entirely inclusive eaterie, there is even the option to have chocolate and marshmallows on your pizza, should the mood take you.
Spoiled for choice, myself and my dining partner thought long and hard about our bespoke pizzas, and lacking slightly in originality, avoided all chocolate and fruit. I opted for a 9” pizza, with mild tomato sauce, mushrooms, salami and blue cheese (£7.70). It was so good! The blue cheese was of the Danish variety, not too strong, and complimented the mushrooms perfectly. My dining partner also had a 9” pizza, however she opted for the spicy tomato sauce, topped with black olives, prosciutto and feta cheese (£7.70). The spicy tomato sauce provided just a hint of chilli, and the waitress recommended combination of prosciutto, olives and feta was truly delicious. Both pizzas had lovely crispy bases, with lashings of our chosen toppings. We were two very happy girls!
To wash this all down, the restaurant offers a range of beers and wines. I personally think pizza should be accompanied by an ice cold beer, so opted for a suitably chilled bottle of Peroni. My dining partner opted for a glass of shiraz, which went well with the black olives and prosciutto on her pizza.
Although I was too full for dessert, Mamma’s have an impressive range of American inspired classics, such as chocolate fudge brownies and chocolate cheesecakes, which I fully intend on trying in the future.
The customer service at Mamma’s was excellent, with two charming waitresses providing good honest advice, and quick, efficient service. I would never have known that Mamma’s offered gluten free pizza options if the waitress had not alerted us to this often neglected dietary requirement.
I really enjoyed eating at Mamma’s tonight. The pizza was delicious, the service excellent, and I was bowled over by the choice. Since they also offer a home delivery and take away service, which extends to alcohol, Mamma’s can rest assured that they have added another regular client to their rapidly expanding list.
You can also opt for the winning pizza in Mamma’s recent competition.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, ground level access with accessible bathroom.