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).
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.
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.
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.
Be prepared for £35-£40 for two without drinks.
Mamma Mia is not part of a chain but recently began its own with a new Mamma at 102 Walton Street (01865 311211).
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- No fuss