2087 South Shore Road, Seaville
Hours: Daily, 11 am–9 pm.
Style: Located in the Cedar Square Shopping Center off Route 9, this small Italian pizzeria and restaurant offers take-out (serving pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and salads), eat-in for lunch and dinner, and a full catering menu. Despite its unimpressive strip-mall exterior, the dining area is elegant with large booths, murals of the scenic Italian countryside, and intimate lighting.
Don’t Miss: For dinner, each entrée comes with Mama’s complimentary, signature bruschetta, piled high on crusty bread. A good starter is the heart-smart salad with arugula, tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, avocado, sundried cranberries, and roasted pine nuts in a balsamic reduction dressing ($8). Try one of the creative homemade pastas including the penne My Way with sautéed shrimp and chicken, garlic, spinach, caramelized onions and mushrooms, hot peppers, and gorgonzola cheese in a white wine and sage cream sauce ($21). According to the menu, the tortellini Pavarotti was prepared at the personal request of Luciano Pavarotti back in Mama’s original kitchen in Italy. The tenor’s namesake features tri-color cheese tortellini in a butter, thyme, sage, and white wine cream sauce with artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and jumbo lump crab meat ($22). The pollo bruschetta is a signature dish comprised of breaded chicken topped with bruschetta, mozzarella cheese, and served in old-fashioned brown sauce ($18). If you’re in the mood for seafood, try fruitti del pescatore, a heaping bowl of shrimp, fish, clams, mussels, and scallops sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine served over linguine with your choice of sauce ($26). For dessert, the tiramisu is highly recommended ($5.25).
Heads Up: Chef and owner Joseph Massaglia opened Mama Mia’s in 1988 as a small pizzeria, but expanded the space to a full-service BYO restaurant within a year. You can still order the gourmet pies in the dining room—try one of the more than twenty brick oven-baked varieties ($10).
The Scoop: Mama Mia’s has become such a local favorite that Massaglia opened a second location earlier this year in Egg Harbor Township. Check the website for exclusive recipes and regional dinner and tasting events.
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.
Cuisine Type:European - Italian