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Mama's Pizza - 25 Reviews - 961 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117, Saint Paul, MN - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (651) 489-2005
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Mama's Pizza

961 Rice St, St Paul, MN 55117
Saint Paul, MN 55117
(651) 489-2005
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We found Mama's a couple of years ago after the great fire and we consider it to be the best...


I read reviews of this place, and even heard people talking about it on the bus, all of which seemed to indicate that this was a great place to eat. My wife and I went there, and ...

Love Mama's 6/4/2012

We found Mama's a couple of years ago after the great fire and we consider it to be the best... more

Love Mama's 6/4/2012

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We found Mama's a couple of years ago after the great fire and we consider it to be the best Italian-American restaurant around. The pizza is good... more

Updates to this Site: Hours / Website 11/30/2008

I love Mama's Pizza! Pros: Good service, family treatment Cons: Get there early because it fills up early more

best Ever 11/19/2008

Pizza is out of this world. If you dine in they treat you like family. You won't find pizza this good at his price anywhere!!! more

Best local pizza joint 10/5/2008

The pizza is the reason to go here...don't waste time, $ or calories on the pasta! The meatball is the best thing about the spaghetti, and you do get bread served with the pasta, but the pizza is generously portioned and has the right amount of cheese. This is a great place to take a small to mid-sized group out for a hometown meal. The owners are great and the servers sweet. Pros: Great Value, Great Pizza, Friendly Staff, Small town feel Cons: Neighborhood, Small Seating Area more

Great food 4/5/2008

Mamas has the best pizza I have had to this point in the twin cities. Its not too greasy and they aren't stingy with the toppings. I have also had their ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs which was also very good. The waitresses are very friendly plus you get a free ice cream cone to top it off. more

So glad they're in my neighborhood! 4/4/2008

My wife and I moved to the North End in October of 2007. I did not know about Mama's at that point. I drove by it several times and always saw the ""reopening soon"" sign and just thought sadly that it was like the other such signs you see along Rice that you assume have been there and will continue to be there gathering dust for years to come. Not this place! I never visited it before they had their damage, but everything I'm reading here still appies to it today. Great food, great service, great character! A true neighborhood type of place and I'm glad it's so near my house. My vegetarian wife and I can go eat there for just over $20 and be absolutely stuffed and happy when we leave. It reminds me of the family run Mexican places in Denver that my family always frequented - the kind of place that knows that good service and remembering your customers is what it is ALL about. My plan is to bring all of my out-of-town guests to Mama's at some point before they leave. I think it is a true taste of Saint Paul! All I can say is thank you for sticking by the North End Mama's! You could have gone anywhere in town and been successful but you stayed with the neighborhood and I for one REALLY appreciate that! Pros: Food, service, ambiance, portion sizes Cons: Only that it is small! I'd never want it to leave, but often wish it was bigger! more

Now Re-Open! 1/31/2008

FYI - Mama's has been open again for the past couple weeks! Time for that hot [derrogatory term for Italian-American that is, apparently disallowed] you've been craving! more

When will they reopen???? 12/7/2007

My mom started going to Mama's when it first opened, as she lived about 7 blocks away. We used to go there every Friday night and one of the picture collages on the wall has a picture of my sister's 9th birthday party. She's 33 now. I have a picture of me on Tony's shoulder when I was 8 years old. Their mostaccoli can't be beat, it's amazing. The pizza is classic and where else can you watch them make your pizza fresh from a little ball of dough? I've watched Peachie stir a vat of sauce in the back, I've made those little ice cream cones like a professional. I visit mamaspizzaparlor every day to see if they've announced their reopening. Just thinking about a plate of pasta there is making my mouth water. Does anyone know when they'll reopen? The website still says ""open sometime in November"" and on Friday, November 30, I called the number that I've had memorized since 1st grade, and there was no answer. I'm assuming that they were not ready to open. Please, please reopen soon! Pros: delicious, neighborhood place, friendly staff, family friendly Cons: water pipe burst has had mama's closed since feb 07 more

Family First! 11/7/2007

I have been eating at MaM'a since I was born. I actually have a photo of me at the age of 1 sitting on Santa's lap. They know me and my family by name and face - that makes you FAMILY! You could not ask for a better place to eat. Sometime they do get busy, the wait is always worth it. I can't wait for them to re-open. I just moved back to that part of town and I am craving some good home cooking! Hope you are back soon! more

Best Mostaccioli I have ever tasted. 9/27/2007

I cant wait for Mama's to reopen. Great family restaurant owned by a great family. Worlds best Mostaccioli, bar none. Comes hot from the oven smothered in cheese. Done to perfection. Service cant be beat. Complete with a bib and an ice cream cone following your dinner. You will feel like family. Pros: The wait staff and management treat you like family. more

Can't Be Beat! 7/12/2007

Mama's is the greatest! The pizza and hot dagos are excellent. The portions are unbelievable! The service is wonderful. Pros: Great food Cons: Too small more

mamas pizza 6/26/2007

n8dagr8 you are honestly mistaken my aunt founded mamas and my cousin tony is my hero you need to keep quiet until you know american hard ship u need to keep quiet my aunt peachie was the best person in the world and she worked until she could no longer my uncle jerry her husband now father of tony geri lee and gina is in the hospital also a great man you need to honestly reasess ure self because mamas is honestly the place i felt safe and my second home look at all the other reviews and u will see everyone loves mamas and so do i its my crutch my second home think before u speak. i will always love my family and they are my family thanxs tony if u ever see this i love all of u guys Pros: no cons only pros family more

I love Mama 6/12/2007

N8dagr8 sounds like you must be the competitor down the street hurting for business? Pros: Great food and service Cons: To small more

Avoid at all cost. 5/19/2007

I read reviews of this place, and even heard people talking about it on the bus, all of which seemed to indicate that this was a great place to eat. My wife and I went there, and I will be the first to tell you that this was the furthest from the truth. The pizza hardly rivaled most frozen pizzas, and the pasta was about the same quality as pasta my four year old niece could make. This is a case of been in the neighborhood for years, so people think the food is good because of the history of the place. Unfortunately, the history and the fact that it has been in business for so many years does not make up for the lack of quality of the food. Luckily, they only accept cash so I was able to walk across the street to get cash while my wife was sick in the bathroom. As stated above, ""Avoid at all cost"". Pros: Absolutely nothing (besides the bathroom to lose the food you eat). Cons: Bad food, bad service, just plain bad. more

best hometown experience anywhere, great food, great value, WONDERFUL staff. customers and staff REAL folks. and when taking home leftovers (and you need to) they have always added a bit more sauce 5/4/2007

best hometown experience anywhere, great food, great value, WONDERFUL staff. customers and staff REAL folks. and when taking home leftovers (and you need to) they have always added a bit more sauce, and I have never had that anywhere else. Pros: that they are still there and rebuilding Cons: that i live so far away more

Terrific Experience 1/31/2007

I have eaten at Mama's many times and all I can say is check it out. I like bringing guests from out of town here for the ambiance and all have spoken quite highly of it. The Pizza has a terrific ingredients loaded with cheese. There are other Italian favorites on which one can dine on though. The excellent leadership here shows. If you are in the neighboorhood- Visit Mama's!!!!!! Pros: Pizza, Price, Athmosphere, Service, Take-Out more

Best Sevice around!! 8/6/2006

Been going for years and I can always count on great food and good service. Pros: Good food. Good service. Good prices. more

Rehearsal Dinner 3/27/2006

I decided to bring my wedding party here for our rehearsal dinner because it was close to our house and I read here how great the food and service were. Even though asthetically it's may not meet everyone's tastes, the unbelievably great food, affordable prices and incomparable service by Tony and his crew washes everything else out. Mama's made our wedding rehearsal truly memorable. They even threw in a couple bottles of champagne and congratulated us! I've never had such great service. Pros: Service, Quality of Food, Inexpensive Cons: Seating Space, Parking more

Great Pizza, Gopher Hockey Heaven 7/22/2004

Loved the pizza, drooled over the pasta being delivered to other tables, and we loved the Gopher hockey memorabilia. Tony is a great cook and a wonderful personality (and my wife thinks he's a hunk, too!) If it was just a little bigger, perhaps the smokers could be further away . . . takes a little away from the enjoyment. Pros: pizza, pasta Cons: , crowded (good sign!) more
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  • In Short
    The waitress will ask if you want a plastic bib. Most booths offer quarter-operated TVs that actually work, showing programs in glorious black-and-white. Mama's menu is a mix of...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sat: 4pm-10pm, Sun: 4pm-9pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm, Fri: 11am-10pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Cash, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    South of Maryland, North End