I'm a big fan of pizza (who isn't), but I rarely go out for pizza because I often find that the pizza's never live up to my rather large expectations. I'm quite particular you see. I like a crusty base (not too crusty but not too thick and heaven help me if it's soggy), it can't be too salty, has to have enough sauce on the base (but not too much) and enough toppings that I don't feel like I'm being short changed (anyone else ordered a pizza that says it comes with olives and it comes with the equivalent of one olive??)- oh and it has to have enough cheese but not too much that it over powers the rest of the flavours..... it's safe to say that I'm just a little high maintenance when it comes to my pizza....
So, there I was in Mamma's Pizza in the Grassmarket. Firstly, the restaurant has a really cool laid back American diner style vibe with cool murals on the wall mixed in with band posters and some great tunes playing over the sound system. I went along with my boyfriend and my sister (no one ever says no to pizza) and we ordered 3 pizza's between us. We had a BB King (chicken, bacon, sweetcorn and barbecue sauce), The Cash (spicy beef, jalapenos and roquitto peppers, onions and salsa) and The Veggie (mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic tomatoes and black olives). We ordered the medium sized pizzas and they were HUGE!!
One of the great things about Mamma's is that all of their food is handmade which is definitely reflected in the quality and the look which has a great rustic feel to it. My favourite pizza was the BB King mostly because barbecue sauce, sweetcorn, bacon and chicken are my all time favourite toppings on a pizza. I'd like to be able to tell you that we ate the pizza's like civilized adults enjoying a meal in a nice restaurant, but they were so good that we made total pigs of ourselves. The pizza's were the best I've tried in any restaurant in Edinburgh (and for the record there was no sign of soggy bases).
My dining companions and I have already decided that we are definitely going back again to try the rest of the menu. It's the perfect place to go on a relaxed date, but also a place to get your friends together as there is plenty on the menu aside from pizza to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. In just one night Mamma's Pizza became one of the my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh.
Try it, I know you'll love it!
Mamma's Pizza & Panzerotti
30 The Grassmarket
Edinburgh, EH1 2JU