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Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - 92 Reviews - 12305 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH - People Watching Reviews - Phone (216) 421-2159

Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria

12305 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-2159
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Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - Cleveland, OH
Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - Cleveland, OH
Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - Cleveland, OH
Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - Cleveland, OH
Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - Cleveland, OH
Mama Santa Restaurant Pizzeria - Cleveland, OH


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Being part of a big Italian family, I know what to expect when it comes to good Italian food. Growing up in...


I am tired of everyone saying Mama Santa's has the best pizza. I am guessing most of the people who have voted have nevr even tried it. Valentino's on Murray Hill has a much tasti...

Old World Style 5/18/2012

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. more

Really good pizza 6/14/2011

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. more

Mediocre at best 10/3/2009

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. Pros: Traditional almost to a cliche atmosphere Cons: Pizza quality that of a chain store more

Mama Mia! 4/5/2009

Being part of a big Italian family, I know what to expect when it comes to good Italian food. Growing up in... more

Mama Mia! 4/5/2009

breezy Provided by Partner
Being part of a big Italian family, I know what to expect when it comes to good Italian food. Growing up in Cleveland Ohio, we were always on the ... more

Seek a Better Cleveland Pizza 3/8/2009

On faithful insistence of friends who are Mama Santa?s fans, I gave Mama Santa?s pizza three separate tries. Unfortunately, three strikes. Pros: Loyal fans Cons: Limp, weak-tasting pizza. Hideous decor. more

rocking 2/21/2009

where else can you go and get a great pizza, a bottle of wine and 2 salads for $22 bucks! Always great food! Pros: great pizza and price Cons: decor more

nice place for couples 12/11/2008

it is a nice place to spend time as a couple. nothing in particular, but we enjoyed it. Pros: Pricing is OK, food OK more

For All the Haters 11/30/2008

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. Pros: If i could rename the Large pizza it would show up on the menu as ""Delicious"" THe rigatoni, spagetii and stuff are good too, all of witch are Cheep Cons: Dumb customers Makeing STupid reviews more

What a disappointment 11/11/2008

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. Pros: Our server was very friendly and attentive, but not overbearing. Cons: Parking-bad, ambiance-bad, food-cheap ingredients. Why bother? more

Nothing Special 10/19/2008

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. Cons: Greasy average pizza, Service not great more

Great pizza; terrible service 7/27/2008

The pizza at Mama Santa's is some of the best I've ever had, but our waitress was terrible. It took 10 minutes for her to take our drink order and another 10 minutes to bring the drinks. After my wife and I where clearly done with our pizza our waitress was no where to be found. We had to ask another waitress to find her, and when she couldn't they other waitress had to bring us our check. My advice is to get the pizza to go. Pros: good pizza Cons: service more

overrated 7/13/2008

I was told this place had the best pizza in Cleveland. I was shocked by what I actually got. It was overcooked, even black on some parts. Even if it was fine the service leaves a lot to be desired. Service is indifferent to say the least. Everyone is pretty brusque and unfriendly, almost like they don't care if you come back or not. Don't worry, I won't. Soda is served in a small glass at $1.30 and no refills! It comes across as very cheap on their part. Stick with the free water they give you. To top it off they overcharged me when I used my debit card to pay. more

So-so Taste but Costs Little $$ 6/24/2008

Good pizza and manicotti. Stay clear of the lasagna. Decor a little tacky. Service is inconsistent- sometimes efficient and friendly, other times slow and a tad bit rude. Pros: pizza Cons: parking- tiny lot in back, otherwise on the street more

best ever 4/25/2008

best pizza ever. if dont like dont know italian if u ever tasted it. so good. pasta is amazing there too Pros: cheap and great tasting more

Best Italian for the value, and still great food 3/5/2008

This place is actually very tasty. By no means upscale, but the pastas are fresh and the pizza crisp. The toppings on pizza are canned, or dehydrated onions, but with the homemade sauce and crust it comes out much better than expected- much better than any delivery joint. Pros: tasty, cheap, better than most upscale places, takeout Cons: atmosphere, dehydrated onions, slow service, long wait times more

God Eats Here 2/12/2008

I want to sleep with mama santa. she is the best cook ever. i love her. if she was jewish i would marry her. more

Good pizza. The best??? 2/4/2008

I'll won't dwell on the negatives about the space others have brought up. Yes, the 2 person tables against the wall are not for the claustrophobic or large of build. Pros: very reasonable prices, good meatballs Cons: too much hype, some quirkiness more

Second worst pizza I've ever had 9/27/2007

We went to Mama Santa's because so many people in CLE seem to think it's ""the"" place for Italian/pizza. I can't imagine ever going back. Cons: terrible food and service. more
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  • The Scene
    A handful of tables sit in the cozily appointed dining room, and soft music plays overhead. Chianti bottles and Italian travel posters surround regulars sipping soft drinks in...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon - Thur, 11am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11am - 11pm; Sun, closed
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
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