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April 04, 2006

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Just Me

Dinner on the 22nd?

Sasha Ramirez

I love Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza, it's so good. It's really hard to find good pizza in CA, I am from NY and I miss having a good NY style Pizza, and Mamma's Brick Oven has gifted me with it.

Great Job!

Bill

That's cool, Sasha. We're from New Jersey. How long have you been out here?

Daryl

I live in Pasadena, and we tried Mama's Brick Oven, and we love it. The pizza is great. Not quite as good as the one I had out in Brooklyn last summer but better than anything around. The garlic knots are tremendous. I'd eat those for dinner if I could.

Some pretty decent Chinese Food is in the Von's shopping center at Fair Oaks and Monterey in S. Pasadena. It's called Golden China, it's by the Pizza hut. We eat there a lot. It's pretty cheap, you get a lot of food, and it's fast service.

Bill

Sounds good Daryl, thanks. I knew this blog would pay off one of these days!

Moii

I just found out today that Mama's Brick Oven has changed hands sometime around Christmas '06. It now tastes like a typical Dominos pizza - I'm heart broken. If anyone finds a new restaurant as good as the old or if the old owner has opened another restaurant somewhere else please let us know.

Bill

That's sad. We have moved to the East Coast so I'm afraid I won't be of much use!

Sue Chavez

This comment was removed by Bill.

john

I just ate at mammas last week. There is no way their pizza is like domino's. In fact They have more items on display now. They even had potato crokets wich you only find on the east coast. In my opinion the food actually tasted better than before and I thought that was impossible. I'm from the east coast and I give the food two thumbs up.

JENNY

HO! MY GOD! I WENT TO MAMMAS BRICK OVEN AND
THE FOOD TASTES JUST LIKE WHEN I USE TO LIVE IN NEW YORK, THEY HAVE THE POTATO CROQUETTES AND THE ZUCCHINI FRITTERS THAT MY MOM USE TO MAKE ALL THE TIME AND THEY TASTE HEAVENLY! THE PIZZA IS OUTSTANDING!
THEY HAVE SO MUCH VARIETY AND IT TASTES SO GOOD! THE CRUST IS NICE AND CRISPY AND THE SAUCE IS GREAT! I AM SO GLAD I FOUND THIS PLACE, I FOUND IT BY MISTAKE BECAUSE I WAS IN SOUTH PASADENA MEETING A FRIEND AND WE TRIED IT AND IT WAS EXCELLENT! I ALSO BOUGHT A PIZZA TO TAKE HOME SO MY HUSBAND COULD TRY IT AND BELIEVE ME! MY HUSBAND KNOWS HOW A PIZZA SHOULD TASTE AND HE SAID IT IS THE BEST PIZZA HE EVER HAD SINCE WE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA, WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THEY ALSO HAVE ALL KINDS OF APPETIZERS ON DISPLAY, STROMBOLI, PIZZA ROLLS, GARLIC KNOTS ETC. ETC., I LIVE IN REDONDO BEACH AND I DO NOT MIND DRIVING TO SOUTH PASADENA TO HAVE PIZZA IT IS WORTH IT!, I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR A GOOD MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN REDONDO BEACH, ANY INFORMATION WILL BE APPRECIATE IT.
JENNY

Lila

this place is the best I've been too in years. A true N.Y. pizza lots of good stuff just like back east, losts of variaty, when i dont feel like cooking i pick up different menu items like the potatoe crockets etc. and serve them for dinner my family loves it everybody needs to check out this place, its woth your time

********

hello everyone i would like to know who had setup this mamma brickoven comment page please email me page with a first name last name and phone because this is an urgent matter or if you know who had post this please email me and please take of the picture of mamma's brickoven


-thank you

Ken

I've been going to Mama's since they opened. I went in January not knowing about the ownership change. The new pizza is not close to being as good as the original owner's pie. I will not go back there again. We miss you Joe & family.

Adam

I can't believe you took it off. There's no reason why you can't use their logo to refer to them.

********

hello adam yes i told him to take off the picture because mamma's does not own the picture my family does ok

********

Hey guess what people just wanted to let you all know if you live in south pasadena, antonietta and anna the daughters of joe will be opening up in the matter of a couple weeks it will be named Nonna's Pizzeria

Adam

I am fairly certain that it is still allowed as "fair use" under copyright and trademark laws. Regardless, all the best on your new restaurant.

********

nonna pizzeria has a myspace if you want to be her friend it is www.myspace.com/nonnapizzeria

********

hey has anyone had mamma's lately how good or bad is it

Tony

my family and I visited this past weekend, it was quite excellent

mario

i had mamma's last friday and let me tell you that this is the best italian food i've had since i left new york 10 years ago. i had 2 pizza slices and a stromboli and even though i was stuffed, i had to get a 3rd slice. i recommend this place to anyone who wants REAL new york style italian food.

Jackie

i just had mamma's again today, i am so addicted to the pizza that i am typically there about 3 times a week. i totally agree with the previous reviewer, i moved out here from New York 2 years ago and let me tell you this place nailed it.

Bill

Welcome to the Mama's Blog, everyone! ;-)

TomTom

I went to Mamas and had the MOST AWESOMEST PIZZA AND OTHER ITALIAN STUFF EVER!!!! OMG!!!0_0 0_0!!!! JUST LIKE WHEN I LIVED IN TRIBECA IN THE NORTH VILLAGE!!! YOU GOTTA EAT THERE 3XS A DAY! ALL YOUR BLOGS ARE BELONG TO US BILL!


Bill

lol...Tom, you're weird. 8-|

TomTom

It took you a disturbingly long time to figure that out.

********

Nonna Pizzeria will be opening up on april 9th and hope to see you there it is on 818 fair oaks ave grand opening will be on 14th of april and between 5-8pm


email me for any questions
-thanx

deborah

Why would I email someone who won't even leave their name in a blog comment?

Jackie

my thoughts also...besides i tried a nonna pizzeria in san pedro before, it's was just average...

Stevie

nonnas pizzeria? what a joke. hey ********* or whatever your name is, i visited your restaurant in october and i got nothing but attitude from some old guy when i asked for a slice that wasn't out yet. and to top it off, your restaurant was way beyond dirty before the new owners took over. what makes you think i would eat or trust your food at the new place? the food at mamma's is better than ever and even though its usually a while to get your food when its busy, it's really top-notch restaurant style food in a take out atmosphere. i can deal with a little wait.

idonthidebehindafakename

i just want to let you know that we are open i am not pushing anyone to eat

Bill

Stevie,

I don't think you should blame a restaurant for the way it was under prior ownership.

jackie

if the previous owners ran their restaurant that way, who else would you blame!

Bill

I'm saying you can't blame the new owners for the way the old ones were!

Jackie

I agree with you. Stevie's comments referenced the old owners.

Martini

Had the Ferrari pizza and a pepperoni/sausage last night. The pies are very good. I couldn't get enough. Glad to see the family back in town.

deborah

So Bill, are you going to rename this blog "The Pizza Poet" anytime soon?

deborah

Bill

lol...i wonder if there's any money in this whole pizza blog thing!

nonna#1fan

thank you martini for the comment glad to have great customer like you

Bill

Now, for REALLY good pizza you need to come to V&J's in Wayne, New Jersey!

deborah

I would have to say that I am quite partial to Mystic Pizza's pizza in CT, featured in the movie. We stop by everytime we are in the area. (read: drive 45 min out of our way to get there).

TomTom

I second the V&J recommendation!

Jim

I was checking Chowhound before and found out that Nonna's opened. I'm really eager to going there because when Mamma's changed ownership,the taste wasn't the same. It just wasn't Italian too, especially since it's not even owned by Italians anymore.

The new owners of mamma's also seem rather arrogant, plus having their kids there all day is really distracting and annoying.

So it's super awesome the original owners opened Nonna's!

mario

jim, i do agree with you to some extent. having the owner's kids running around is both unprofessional and distracting. the owners have managed to spruce up the place a bit with the new umbrellas and the like. on the other hand, i visited nonna's last friday afternoon and since nonna's is truly a beautiful little place, i go to EAT... and mamma's food clearly blows nonna's away!!! paying $1.00 to $1.50 more for each plate at nonna's for inferior food just doesn't make sense to me.

the little guy at mamma's during weekday lunch time is very fast and friendly so i don't know who jim thinks is arrogant...he always goes out of his way to specialize my order. i only visit on thursday or friday afternoons. -mario

TomTom

I am afraid of this blog. It is being assimilated!!!

Mike

I agree that the food at the (new) Mamma’s is far better than Nonna’s. “Just not your daddy’s Oldsmobile”: These girls at Nonna’s are just not that talented. Nonna’s food is worse than the (old) Mamma’s food. Sad but true.
Tired of this subject, any tips on some great Mexican Food?


jackie

I recommend Mijares in Pasadena. They have great Tortilla soup and love their baja special, but what really makes the experiance

jackie

oops. Hit enter with my wine glass...:)
I recommend Mijares in Pasadena, great Tortilla soup ! and I love their Baja special but what really makes the experience is their hand shaken Margaritas.

Anthony

Tx for the tip on Mijares. I have not been there, but I will try it. My favorite place for Mexican Food is Serenata in East LA. The service is so, so but the food is quite good.

TomTom

Well, Bill, you're currently the #8 result of a google search for "mamma's brick oven pizza". Keep shooting for #1, maybe you can charge for advertising! ;-)

Bill

I liked El Paso Cantina in Torrance. That's probably kind of out of the way for some of you, though!

Lauraconk

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just trying to help you climb the google mountain :)

I have NO idea what this place is and I'm allergic to normal pizza... but I DO remember how delicioso V&J's pizza was and my husband often wants to drive 2 1/2 hours to go get some... so I'll vote for that!
This is a strange blog topic, Beej!
Hope those classes get you your certification quickly!! Sorry for the commute you're heading into, but that campus looks so cool, when I've driven past it I've thought.... now that's where I should have gone to school! Lucky guy :) Maybe some day Val & I will go out there with you so we can shop and roam the campus!!
xo

Bill

That sounds good, although she's probably going to be working during that time. We're going to try to arrange to have someone(s) watch Liam for the 3 weeks I'm in school.

John

ok MAMMA'S is good. but don't order delivery from them ever. They mess up orders and don't apologize for it. Not a very intelligent way to run business.

Anthony

I agree with you; Mamma's food is great! Too bad that you had a bad experience John. They have been great us. We order 1 to 2 x a week. However, I did go in for pick-up one time and I noticed they had a whole bunch of pizzas stacked-up for delivery. They had 4 delivery cars heading out within 5 mins. Maybe you got them on an extremely busy night.

Gretchen

We stopped by Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza for a quick bite before attending a performance at Cal Tech. We're from Manhattan Beach and I wish we had a place like Mamma's near us. What surprised me initially was the large selection of pizzas by the slice. And it wasn't just cheese and pepperoni. There were various gourmet pizzas along with the standards. My husband and I have such different taste, so we were able to get what we each liked. I had a slice of the White Pizza, which I had never tried before. The combination of ricotta cheese, mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes were perfect! I tried a little of my husband's lasagna which was very good and the garlic knots were addictive. This place is great!!!! I'm going to find more excuses to visit Pasadena.

TomTom

I'm really beginning to hate pizza.

Moii

Wow Frightening Blog!!!

I'm an innocent bystander/real "pizza pie" lover - who just made a comment about the loss of a good pizza joint. All I did was agree that I had at one time liked the Mama Brick oven pizza - then after I got back from the East Coast for a Christmas visit '06 I noticed that the taste and texture of the pizza had changed dramatically. I'm not the only one who thought this - all the friends we had turned on to this little gold mine in South Pas had agreed something was very different. That's when I called the restaurant and found out it had change hands. The new owner was nice and said he was trying to adjust the recipe to keep the old customers coming back - but as nice as he was and as hard as he tried - it never went back to the same "Pizza Pie" taste. He asked my opinion, so I told him I thought the crust was too stiff/tough (bread is a difficult thing to get right). And the sauce didn't have the basil (?) punch - even the sausage was different (very small pieces - different supplier??) We went back three times - and then gave up (they must be using the wrong water - as the saying goes). We settled for Round Table in the Vons shopping center - definitely not authentic Italian but had interesting toppings to chose from and the crust was good (not great - and certainly not Italian style). We really missed getting an Italian pie.

BUT ...driving up Fair Oaks about a month ago I saw a new Pizza restaurant with a Grand Opening sign. It was Nonna - the same restaurant some of you are trashing - shame on you!

I had wanted sushi that night, but AI, my favorite Sushi joint in town, was closed on Mondays (I forgot) so I was going to settle for Tokoro's. Then I saw the new little pizza joint and suggested to my Long Island born husband we should try it out.

The Nonna pizza was great - it was very similar to what the Mama's place used to serve.

I only came on this site to share this new find and give info. But I'm devastated by some of the comments I found since my last entry (you're not really my neighbors are you???)- this has morphed into something ugly - certainly not truthful opinions.

I can only guess the vitriol being spread here is not really related to an honest opinion on taste. I suspect this is some type of business "war of competition" (not really 3rd party opinions - you sound like owners/relatives of the companies). Well just cool it - Please!!!! I think this town is big enough for a new pizza joint. We have 4-5 total if you include Papa J's, Round Table and Dominos (if they are still here? ).

I suggest people try the new place - Nonna just north of Mission on Fair Oaks in So Pas. My husbands favorite is the plain cheese (only way to have a "pie" according to him). It is just like the ones you get in NY and you have to fold it over to eat it too!!! And see if you don't agree with me on taste (if you're from NY - you will). I think the Pizza at Nonna is really good (but the house salad is not spectacular - could use some parmesan cheese on it). Although the owner appears to still be trying to figure things out like where to park (outside of a few spots directly behind), she does get the sauce and crust right - and as far as I'm concerned that's what's important. They must be importing that "special" NY water (wink wink).

In case you are uncertain of the location, it is at 818 Fair Oaks just across the street from the Fair Oaks Pharmacy (North of Mission) - I still don't know which parking lot is OK to use - but there are several behind the restaurant (look for signage?) If you want to eat there, it has a nice atmosphere. It's not too crowded yet, but busy. I suggest you pick up a menu so you can order ahead of time.

Sorry this is so long, but NY is a long way to go for a real pie and I was so thrilled to find one close to home - again!

So...that said... Thank you for the tip on Mijares and Serenata. I have friends living in Sweden and when they visit - Mexican food is what they crave.

Moii

Correction - I which the Nonna house salads had Mozzarella cheese (not parmesan as I stated above)

Tony

Moii, you just made this blog more frightening. “innocent bystander”??? “3rd party opinion”?? and listing the address in detailed cross streets, pick-up menu - who writes like that in a blog!!!!!

John

I agree with Tony. I don’t think Moii’s comments are credible. And Nonna's sauces are bland and watery.

Bill

How about we just move on to Chinese food or something. Anyone want to write an article on a good Chinese place? I'll gladly post it and we can move on! ;-)

TomTom

NO, darn it! There's a conspiracy here! Call me paranoid, but I think there are some "ringers" posting on this Mamas Brick Oven Pizza blog!!!

And who is this "Bill" person, anyway? Spammer? Spy? Pizza hater?

christian

i googled mama's brick oven since i had lunch there last week and i wanted to see if there were any reviews online. its interesting what people say about the place. its really good food and i don't know why people knock it. for the record, i had a slice of margarita and a slice of brick oven. its the best new york style pizza i've had since moving to the LA area from boston. i have not tried the nonna place yet, i will probably go next week. one thing that caught me off guard were 2 young kids running in and out of the kitchen during lunch time. it was fairly busy while i was there and it looked very unprofessional and distracting. one of the girls even had her homework spread out on a table hahaha!! guess people do things a little different in LA. sorry for the rant, i just found it real strange. but i will be back to mama's regardless.

Lauraconk

What's the matter, Bill... didn't you intend to create a blog about pizza?? :) This is hysterical!!!! How's life, by the way? Third class done???

TomTom

See, Bill, Laura's got he right spirit! Embrace the pizza!


(Not literally. That would be messy.)

Joey

This is a strange blog...

Don’t know anything about old owners or new owners, and don’t really care…I go to a place because of the food, tried both restaurants and I definitely recommend Mama’s.

Sue

Sorry Bill I need to weight with my option.

Mamas has the best pizza I have had since moving to LA. I am in there a couple of times a week. The last time I was in my boyfriend and I split a shrimp scampi pasta dinner and a margarita pizza (Oink). It was delicious and we had "some" leftovers for lunch the next day:) I agree with Joey - I recommend Mammas over Nonna’s.

Linda

I am a Mammas customer, but decided to try Nonnas based on Carol Kramer’s comments in the S. Pas Review. It wasn’t what we expected; the sauce didn’t have any much flavor and seem thinned-out. And the place is quite small. I am going to stick with Mammas.

pizzalover

just wanted to say that i tried mammas and the owner he was really rude i ask to have a refill and he said yeah but he turned to a chinese anorexic lady and said this girl is fat that my feelings so i went to nonna and their pizza was unbelievable the stuffed foccaica spinach pizza was lovely light i am bringing my family from italy went they come to the u.s, mamma's gave me stomach problems and was on a toilet for a week

Bill Arnold

I was tempted to delete the above as spam, but then no one else gets to experience the sheer stupidity. Why are people so obvious with this kind of thing?

TomTom

No talk of spam here; this is strictly a pizza blog!


Hmmm, spam pizza... I wonder if Mamas or Nonnas or the Nina,Pinta, and Santa Maria make that?

loyalspas

just wanted to say i heard nonna has a myspace look above scroll up or its myspace.com/nonnapizzeria from above its cool

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