1637 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914839.929201 -75.164189
Mon. - Fri. 10:30am - 10pm;Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. 3pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Bella Vista/ Southwark, South Philadelphia
the best italian food in the city – Last week my family and I were walking around South Philadelphia looking for a great Italian restaurant. Since my mother?s family is from central Italy, I knew the odds were against us going in. The only other restaurant was Mexican (which I personally don?t like) we decided on Mamma Maria. Instantly we were seated without a wait (on a Sunday night), and the peppers and eggplant were brought right out. With no menu in front of us, we knew this was going to be an experience. All you can drink wine was the first pleasant surprise followed by many others. Needless to say, the experience was one of a kind. If you like ?REAL? Italian food and want to eat like real Italians do
I, highly recommend Mamma Maria. Not only was the wine and food delicious but the prices were extremely reasonable for the four hours we were there. They never rushed us and made sure we enjoyed every bite. Mamma Maria was walking by and stopped to have conversation with my mother. She explained to us that she moved here to the states 16 years ago and opened Mamma Maria a year later. I am so anxious to go to the seven fish dish in July. Thanks Mamma Maria for making our experience so wonderful.
Mamma Maria – My husband and I sat down to a small plate of antipasto waiting for us- a few pieces of grilled veggies & roasted peppers, along with bread. They brought out what was supposed to be pasta fagioli- it was not pasta fagioli, but rather a vegetable soup of sorts. It was really good, but not pasta fagioli none-the-less. We received a trio of pasta which was okay. Not great, not homemade, just okay. Then the entree. I'm pregnant & considering there were 3 fish dishes, 1 veal, 1 chix, & the 6th was a meat platter, I picked the meat. It had roasted pork, chicken, sausage & lamb-- I figured it couldn't be that bad. The pork had no flavor & no salt. I didn't even look at the lamb b/c it was grey & still on the bone. The chicken was manageable at best; the sausage tasted like it was ground together with misc meats & no fennel. I felt like I was at someone's home & didn't want to be rude but I couldn't manage to get it down my throat. I think I drank 8 glasses of water. The meat tasted like it was cooked the day before & reheated, EXTREMELY gamey. I was mid-bite when I realized we were eating leftovers from Valentine's dinner the night before. After politely mentioning that we were afraid we wouldn't be able to eat the rest of the goodies, we asked them to wrap our entrees to go. They brought out a plate of cheese, cantaloupe & 1 small salad. The salad was my favorite part and it was served on a saucer. All of the desserts were made with liquor except one: the "leftover cake Mamma made especially for Valentine's day"... the day before. I suffered through the Vienna frosting, hint of biscotti & red cherry on top, and was ready to get out of there. But not before they brought out already opened bottles of liquor for an after dinner cordial- Sambuca, Amaretto, Lemoncello, Orangecello and some sort of white cloudy-cello. The best part out of all this, aside from the fact that we were stuffed FULL of really bad Italian food... was that when the bill came it was $130 w/ tip.
Want to get drunk? Good place then! – The food actually wasn't that great, but there is a lot of it! The unlimited wine and liqueurs were amazing, and the service was great. Not sure it's worth the $55/person though. It was a fun time with the large group that I went with. It was a Sunday night, and there was no one else in the restauant, except for one other table that arrived near the end of our meal. I would have rather had a more upbeat atmosphere, but overall it was a fun experience.
This Italian spot is known for its seven courses of homey fare, strolling accordion players and dedicated regulars. – In Short
During busy months, a strolling accordion player or stand-up comedian adds to the atmosphere. There is no dinner menu, just seven evenly paced courses for $50. Dishes change slightly, particularly those offered for the main course. Meat and seafood samplers offer stellar main courses, while spongy lemon cake or ricotta cheesecake nicely tops off the meal. Wine is served throughout dinner, and bottles containing after-dinner drinks arrive at the table to wrap things up.
That's AMORE – This was one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. I went with other folks from a business conference whom I did not know very well. However, we all felt like a family after enjoying the enormous amount of food and personal attention we received. It was a great atmosphere and I would highly recommend to anyone. I would love to find another excuse to go to Philly for work so that I would have a chance to eat here again.
great for a large group – We go here once a year with friends - usually about 14 or 16 of us and it is always a crowd-pleaser. Lots of food and courses- and Mario the accordian player who entertains on weekends is great. He always plays " Can't Touch This" on the accordian and after a few glasses of house Chianti there isn't anything funnier. Food is good, but not exceptional. But it is a great place for a large group and they bring you a platter of cordials (the whole bottles!) and you can't beat it for $55/pp
WONDERFUL! – We stumbled on Mamma's one cold January night because it was the only parking space we could find. And, what a find it was! The food is excellent. I've never had even close to a disappointing meal. The service is very attentive and friendly and Mamma always makes you feel like family. The only bad thing about it is that I always overeat! The prix fixe menu is great and leaves no surprises
Best of the old world – Mama personally visits every guest at her restaurant, making you feel extremely welcome. The staff are attentive and extremely knowledgable of all foods, and wines served. whether dining with two or ten, you will never be disappointed at Mama's!
terrible... – Such a waste of my money and my time. The food was blah at best. I had the swordfish, which was dry and tasteless. Salad? I could have made a better one myself. The dessert was ho-hum. It actually hurt me to pay that bill. I hate wasting good money on bad fod.
Home With Momma – I have been going to Momma Maria's for years now. It is the best meal I have ever had. You feel like you at home with Momma Maria stopping at your table to make sure you are happy. The food is fantastic along with the service and atmosphere. You are encouraged to stay as long as you wish. I love the accordian player and his cannoli song. I wish I could eat there every night.
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