Mamma Mia Pizzeria

Price guide: Mid-range

8 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL

Price guide: Mid-range

Mamma Mia

By Adrian Mourby, your Oxford expert

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#24 of 27
expert-rated restaurants in Oxford
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.7
3.7
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Families with younger children, Mature travellers, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Mamma Mia Pizzeria

This friendly north Oxford Pizzeria is about to notch up 30 years.

Long before there was a West End musical by the same name, this basic but friendly pizzeria opened in South Parade. There are lots of larger and more expensive eating places along this cheery Summertown street now, but Mamma Mia remains very much itself. Seating is limited and pizzas are baked in view of the clientele. The staff are always pleased to see you; they even place a copy of their very own Italian-English dictionary of foods on the table in case you want to research what you’re eating (or if the conversation flags).

Food and drink: 

Pizzas and pasta dishes of course, costing around £8/9. The antipasti dishes are fancier and less good value. There is a decent lunch menu from Mondays to Thursdays, where £6.95 will get you a pizza and drink of your choice (mineral water/wine/beer).

Ambience: 

Pleasant and unrushed in the evening. With its quasi-Italian décor and low lighting Mamma Mia would be a good place for a cheap date that doesn’t look cheap.

Service: 

Genuinely friendly and attentive. This place is one of our family favourites. There's free off-street parking, which is always a significant inducement in Oxford.

Location: 

There are three great foodie streets in north Oxford full of places where you really want to eat. South Parade runs between the Banbury and Woodstock Roads in Summertown, with Little Clarendon Street between Woodstock and Walton Street, just at the top of St Giles and Walton Street in Jericho, my all time foodie heaven.

Mamma Mia shares South Parade with Portabellos, the Summertown Wine Café, the Hong Kong Chinese takeaway and Cibo! There’s also a fancy kitchen shop, art gallery, a Bang & Olufsen dealership, and several pricey boutiques. In the summer it’s great to sit out and watch people enjoying the street.

Price advice: 

Be prepared for £35-£40 for two without drinks.

Other useful branches: 

Mamma Mia is not part of a chain but recently began its own with a new Mamma at 102 Walton Street (01865 311211).

More information on Mamma Mia Pizzeria:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pizzeria
Food:
Italian
Address:
8 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL
Telephone:
01865 514141
Website:
http://www.mammamiapizzeria.co.uk (currently under reconstruction)
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon–Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-10.30pm; Sat–Sun noon-10.30pm; closed 24 December-1 January 2011 inclusive.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Local chain

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