MAMA…what happened???!?!?

23 Apr
mamas by Junk Food Critic
mamas, a photo by Junk Food Critic on Flickr.

I can distinctly remember a time when MAMA’s pizza was the best around. Somewhere in the mid 90’s when all the other places were getting more and more corporate, Mama’s stayed true to it’s roots.

Doing some shopping nearby the location in Arlington, and I was instantly craving the pizza once I saw the sign. It was in the same location it was all those years ago. My thoughts raced around my head as I remembered what made Mama’s great. They used great cheese, solid toppings, and a crust that tasted like NOBODY else.

I stroll in, and the place is PACKED. I see all these people and I am starting to ask myself WHY am I not visiting this place more often?

The super friendly girls at the counter take my order and I remember one thing about Mama’s I forgot. Their pizzas are a little on the pricey side, but I am the type of person that thinks “you get what you pay for”. I don’t mind paying a little more for a great pizza.

Twenty minutes later, this pie slides onto my table, courtesy of the super-friendly counter-girl.

I take a minute to soak it all in. Haven’t had this pizza in awhile. It looks fantastic.

But one slice later I am remembering another feature of Mama’s. It’s a heavier pizza. Which means I can’t eat too much or you have to get a wheelbarrow to get me out of the place.

Two slices in I am happy, but I notice something. The crust and topping all taste exactly the same. Actually it all tastes pretty much like I remember, but it was a little on the bland side.

Have I spoiled my taste buds? I have been eating pizzas from places that really step it up with cheese blends and rustic sauces. So to step back to this pie, which for example has a very simple and basic tomato sauce, left me wanting more ZING, ya know?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still GOOD pizza. But with each bite I was just reminded how generic it was compared to the other pizzas I have had lately.

As I drove away, I passed a Domino’s and thought, maybe that’s it!?!

In as many years as I have ever gone to Mama’s, they have remained the same. Perhaps they could offer a different pizza sauce or cheese blend to spice things up like Domino’s did?

It worked for them, as Domino’s saw and INSANE amount of turnout to try the “new” pizzas they offered.


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