Great ambience and Excellent food. This place was recommeded by a co-worker for it's great food at a reasonable price. He warned that it was easy to miss as it is a small building behind a gas station, but it was worth the search. White tablecloths, lit candles, and soft Italian music made it a nice romantic evening out. The food was excellent and made fresh. Excellent service, friendly wait staff. Will definitely do this again!!
PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A SICILIAN RESTAURANT. There is nothing at all unique or special about this restaurant, except to say that one could find better food in a jar of Spaghetti-O's. The pasta was ordered al dente but came out slimy & soggy. The sauce was very sweet and tasted like it was prepared by a rank amateur. The amount of pasta served barely covered the bottom of the plate and the price for it all was ridiculous. When I stated I did not like the pasta and wished to just pay for the salad, I was charged $6.00. Needless to say I will not return to this place anytime soon. Full blame for this is poor management and certainly not Sicilian. The cooks in the rear all spoke Spanish. Not a pretty sight.
Waste O' Money. This was an awful experience. We started with the crab stuffed mushrooms which were luke warm and flavorless. The house salad dressing is weak. Try Joey's in Brentwood if you want a good olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. The shells stuffed with spinach, cheese and sundried tomatoes were flavorless as well as luke warm. The Vodka plate was served with chewy prosciutto (instead of crunchy), a greasy sauce and flavorless basil. The service was also lacking. Our server never came to our table for more than a 3 second period and neglected to refill our waters. If you like plywood enclosures and flavorless-old-people food, this restaurant would be right for you. If this is what it is like in Sicily (as they boast so much about being true to the Sicilian style), I don't want to go.
fun night out with reasonable price and portions!!.
My Husband and I went there last night with a group of friends about 20, we were all seated promptly, the service was good and the food was well prepared, we brought our own bottle of wine and the corkage fee was only $5.00 dollars a bargin!
My Husband had the seafood cantilona, I had spagetti and meatballs, garlic bread and a salad with tip the whole meal with a bottle of wine brought from home was $60.00 dollars, I thought it was a bargin!
Decent food and at least it is not a chain.
The food at Mama Mia's is better than most of chains in the area. The setting is OK but seating is limited so expect to wait on weekends. The entrées are the stars here. I had the Lobster ravioli, veal saltimbocca, etc.. All tasty but far from authentic or imaginative. They reuse the same 3 sauces for all of the dishes. The bread is like the stuff they give you at the Olive Garden which is to say it is like a hotdog bun and horrible. No self respecting Italian or Italian American would call the stuff good. The salads are OK I guess but lack the bitter greens that one would expect from an Italian restaurant. I guess if you are from Nashville and only have seen I-talians on TV you would think that is authentic.
If you’re looking to an alternative to the local chains but not looking for authentic Italian food give this a try.
I'd rather go someplace else.
We heard a lot of good things about this place. Maybe we shouldn't have had too high expectations. The server wasn't that attentive, and the food took a while to get to our table even though it wasn't busy at all. Taste? not bad, but for the price they charge, I'll find someplace else to be full.
It was our first time dining at Mama Mia, and it was the last time too.
I doubt how clean their food could be. Kitchen was right next to the restroom.
Might be good food but.. unsanitary. While Mama Mia's has beyond amazing Italian food, you should think twice about how it is being handled. Once again I will say no negative things about the food. Even though the people that own the restaurant are hard working, they do not know how to operate a sanitary restaurant. Having first hand knowledge of what goes on behind the scene it is not where it needs to be. The waiters & waitresses do not see it fit to thoroughly wash their hands before preparing any type of order. Some items are left over from the previous night and wait to be served the next day. How they're health score was a 92 I will never know. Also, the help does not give their main focus on the customers. People are waiting way too long to receive their checks and receipt in return. If you're looking for food that is extremely good, but not the most sanitary, then you have your spot.
Truly the crown gem of Italian food in Nashville!. I have nothing but good things to say about this restaurant's cuisine! I certainly have NEVER seen any health code issues as one couple wrote of in their summary of the place. I think it was just simply someone being vindictive because they weren't satisfied for whatever reason. I have been coming to the restaurant for years! The food is extraordinarily magnifico, the staff is friendly, though usually very busy. It's true there are some things that would make it a better "total" experience for dining, such as more parking, not having a "cork fee", and the orders being more expedient. But hey...it is what it is! Try getting faster service in a restaurant of this caliber in NYC or Chicago...it ain't gonna happen! Keep in mind the pricing and that it's a small restaurant...don't expect to get the same sort of service you would at the Palm or Antonio's which are greatly higher in price for food that's not as impressive.
NOT a good place.. I used to go to Mama Mia's a lot about a year ago and recently went back a few days ago with my boyfriend. They do not have a hostess, so if you need to be seated and they're busy, you might be waiting for awhile. When we finally got seated & got drinks, our waiter brought out a crusty old piece of bread (just one--usually they give you at least 3) we ordered and everything seemed to be okay, except that they were out of Veal parmesan (my favorite). We noticed that we were seated behind an extremely loud group of women, i mean we could hear every word they were saying & so could everyone else in the restaurant (i know this is not the restaurant's fault, but they could have asked them to be a little quieter). When i was served my salad the guy set it down and walked off--and we had no utensils. My boyfriend had to steal them off of the table next to us. The salad was not very good and it took a long time to be served. Due to the loud and unpleasant environment, i asked for our entrees to go. When we finally got our to go bag we were more than ready to leave. Unorganized and unprofessional.
Could have got past the hair, but not the ***. I was'nt sure where to write this in hope that it saves a few couples from going through what we did lastnight. Next, I will be calling the health dept. We used to be somewhat regulars at Mama Mia's a couple years back and would suggest it to all our friends as a romantic little place to dine. The last trip prior to lastnight we found that the prices had gone up substantually all of a sudden and that curtailed our patronage for some time. Lastnight I was craving Eggplant Parm because i read somewhere it could help induce labor (I am 9mos pregnant) so we thought we'd give Ole Mama another try. We arrived early so we did'nt have to wait to be seated, we were greated by our server, he was pleasent but distracted somehow. Typical service issues like bread plates and finished salad bowls and unrefilled beverages ensued but we are really pretty lax about things when we ae just trying to have a good night out. Our entree's arrived looking pretty good, the eggplant was alright. We went along eating taking a bite from eachothers plates and such. My husband, the champ that he is, had found a hair in his as it made it's way into his mouth. He did'nt say anything , not wanting to make an issue, and possibly upset me. On the second occurance of another hair drew his attention to his dish where the consistancy of more hair appeard to be and right there next to it was a nice almond size critter! I too at this time was zero'ed in on the nasty critter and felt instantly ill....my poor husband spitting into his napkin was able to carry the dish to the manager and hand it over, we left straight away not wanting any return visits comped or anything, Oh God, I would never go back there and nor should you. Go to Caraba's or something or better yet pasta is cheap, cook it at home. Good luck and God bless
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