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Mamma Mia

By Eve Tranter

I was lucky enough to spend an evening at Mamma Mia’s restaurant as a TOG ambassador. Mamma Mia have two restaurants in Oxford - some of the oldest independent restaurants in Oxford, situated on the bustling Walton Street in Jericho and South Parade in Summertown.

Everything on the menu is made to order, and is full of authentic Italian food. The 40th anniversary reflects how loved their family recipes are, some of which have remained on the menu since its opening. The accompanying Italian drinks menu is equally pleasing, with a selection of Italian grape wines, soft drinks and coffees. The staff are really helpful, by recommending which wine complimented our food choice.

The specials board is updated weekly by the Neopolitan chef. Having won the award for the best independent pizzeria in Britain 2016, as well as the chef being awarded ‘pasta chef of the year 2019’, the food most certainly didn’t disappoint. The garlic bread is the best I have ever had!

For our main course we enjoyed the special pizza and gnocchi dish, followed by tiramisu to finish. The food was fresh, tasty and most certainly filling! The team were all very attentive and welcoming, explained the menu to us and offered their advice and recommendations. There is something for everyone: a range of pasta, pizza, meat and fish dishes are offered, as well as a good variety of vegan and vegetarian options.

Open at lunch and dinner, Mamma Mia’s is well worth a visit after a walk in Port Meadow, or as an end of week evening treat. The restaurant is open every day for dine-in, takeout and delivery. They also have a restaurant in Summertown, which is also a lovely part of Oxford to explore and a great place to take family and friends visiting.

For their 40th anniversary, Mamma Mia’s are giving away treats to some of their customers as a thank you, such as bottles of their favourite Italian wines and tickets to the Italy six nations matches! We were also told by the owner that there is something very exciting in store for their restaurant in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled...


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