We had the joy of visiting Mamma Mia Pizzeria in Oxford’s Summertown last week – not just an Oxford favourite, but officially one of the UK’s finest pizzerias. In November, the pizzeria won the Platinum Award in the ‘Independent Pizza Restaurant’ category at the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association Awards.
To win the award, the judges commented on the particularly high standards in terms of food, service and overall atmosphere and we certainly found that the restaurant lived up to the hype.
Tucked down a side street, the pizzeria emits a warm glow and you can hear the hubbub as you approach, its neighbours look positively deserted on this cold January evening. We’re quickly shown to a snug table surrounded with just the right amount of Italian paraphanalia – the panettone boxes and olive oil bottles stacked high on shelves. The restaurant was filled with students, couples and families – living up to its ‘neighbourhood friendly’ billing.
Tom and I enjoyed a mixture of starters including the deep fried zuchini, a selection of bread and calamari. Although sorely tempted by the crab ravioli, we both enjoyed a fresh stone baked pizza – the Anna – beechwood smoked ham, anchovies, black olives and mine, pizza al funghi – tarragon sauteed mushrooms, Portabello, chestnut and button, with crumbled goats cheese and rocket.
In would have been rude not to have had a dessert and whilst Tom’s cappuccino bomb looked delicious, I definitely won the pudding stakes – my classic profiteroles, are not only my favourites, but were the bees knees!
We had a lovely dinner courtesy of the team at Mamma Mia. And if you are looking to capture a perfect Valentines night, Lady in the Tramp style, then this place should definitely be at the top of your list.