Pizza >Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria
12305 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH | Directions 4410641.508714 -81.597242
Mon - Thur, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun, closed
Old World Style – Mama Santa is the kind of place you imagine would be in a small village in Italy. Their homemade pasta is just that, homemade, at lunch you can hear them cutting it in the kitchen. Recommend their Cavatelli, Meatballs and Antipasta Salad.
Really good pizza – I think the pizza here is great. I'm not the kind of person that craves italian food all the time, but there are times when all I want is a slice of pizza...ok maybe two slices of pizza. Inevitably I end up getting pizza here. I can't give them 5 stars since I haven't tried any of the other menu items, but maybe I will in the future.
Mediocre at best – I drove from North Ridgeville because of all the accolades of Mama Santa's pizza. I was disappointed. The pizza crust was a bit dry, the toppings were fairly sparce and not even close to fresh...had to be canned/dehydrated/frozen. I left with a taste of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix in my mouth! After 2 pies, 2 Pepsi's, 2 beers, the total was $50.05 and I could of got better from Georgios, 2 12packs of Pepsi, and a 12 of adult suds for the same price and not had to squeeze my (already small) car into a door ding mill of a parking place or pay a tip.
That being said, the wait staff was top notch and attentive. Kudos waitstaff!
I'd pass on Mama Santa's....IMHO!
Seek a Better Cleveland Pizza – On faithful insistence of friends who are Mama Santa?s fans, I gave Mama Santa?s pizza three separate tries. Unfortunately, three strikes.
As an enthusiast who has tried thin crust pizza at over 100 purveyors (NO chains, please) in numerous states, I found Mama Santa?s pizza experience lacking in several key elements. First, their crust, sauce and cheese just lay limp and sloppy without integration to blend flavors. Second, the sauce is deficient of pleasing subtle spices, failing to entice my palate to the next bite. Third, the decor is badly dated, but no so as to be delightfully kitschy, just bad. Lastly, the service is, at best, adequate, absent of personality or charm that would draw me back. All this in an otherwise wonderful Italian area of Cleveland!
On a personal note to reviewer DeathDealer9: For a restaurant review site to develop and sustain credibility, it must include all critiques, even those that disagree with our own tastes and experiences. To do otherwise would be disingenuous. Similarly, to maintain integrity, the review site must reject obviously biased puff praise from insiders and false damnation from competitors.
May Mama Santa?s fans continue to enjoy what they have come to prize. As for me, I will continue to seek a better Cleveland pizza.
rocking – where else can you go and get a great pizza, a bottle of wine and 2 salads for $22 bucks! Always great food!
nice place for couples – it is a nice place to spend time as a couple. nothing in particular, but we enjoyed it.
if you livein the area, you do not need to search further
For All the Haters – First off you Haters, Shut The F*** up. I've had the pizza many times there, and I Know its some of the best around. Key word there is Some; and by many i mean more then 50. Sorry to be so openly mouthy but seriously, all you supposed "pizza connoisseur's" give me a break; Just try and tell me that some of your favorite pizza you've had only once in your life. Not Gonna Happen. You have to have it more then once if not just to make sure. Point being, Try it again, Then again, a good judge takes in more then one perspective. As for service, in any place of business one should know that not every single server is going to be bright and jolly; and time frame, well if your there on a Friday Or Saturday, I'd like to see you serve people faster then them. Going back to you pizza connoisseur's just shut up pizza is pizza and not eveyone has your taste in it so don't try to speak for everyone, and stop f***ing posting that s*** like your some hot shot know it all.
My husband I drove from Mayfield Heights to Little Italy (about 8 miles) to sample the supposedly best pizza in Cleveland. What a disappointment! I wish I would have read the above reviews before we set out for the evening. The crust was thin with a very bland flavor, a little dry. There was VERY little pizza sauceon it, so it lacked any flavor there. I ordered mushroom and green pepper toppings for 1.25 each. The mushrooms were canned and there were very few pieces of green pepper on it. The cheese they use is obviously a very cheap kind because as I am sitting here typing this, I have terrible gas from it! Our dinner was $36 (before tip) and consisted of 2 dinner salads (iceberg lettuce with shavings of carrot, 2 very small pitted black olives, 1/2 very small cherry tomato and bland italian dressing), medium pizza w/2 toppings (as above), mushroom fettucine (again, canned mushrooms), 1 glass of chianti ($6 and was good) and 1 glass of water. My husband enjoyed his fettucine dish dispite the canned mushrooms. Overall, it was not worth the drive for very mediocre food. We won't be back unless they revamp the food quality.
Nothing Special – My sister came to visit one weekend and we decided we wanted really good pizza, and I had seen that Mama Santa's was always mentioned when people taked about great pizza in Cleveland, so we decided to try it. The crust was really good, super crispy, but the overall taste was just ok. Maybe the pasta is better (seemed to see more people eating it), but our food wasn't anything great. It was the some of the greasiest pizza I've ever seen, but that didn't seem to affect the taste for better or worse. The other big thing that bothered us was that they only give you one free refill on soft drinks, which are served in really little glasses. I don't drink a lot of pop normally, but I really like it with pizza, so I wasn't really a fan of that policy. Our waitress was really friendly, but the our impression of the service overall at the restaurant wasn't that great. We decided next time we'd just go to Donatos.
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