Mamma Mia Pizzeria Oxford Introduction
Mamma Mia Pizzaria Oxford, Jericho.
If I had to pick a favourite dish, it would probably be pizza and admittedly I’ve been craving proper Italian style pizza recently.
I would normally satisfy this craving by popping into a small local independent style pizza restaurant such as Mamma Mia Pizzaria Oxford. I was very happy to see that Mamma Mia Pizzaria Oxford has now begun taking orders for delivery and collection. This is awesome for me as I do not live within their delivery radius, so I was able to order and collect from their Jericho restaurant.
Mamma Mia Pizzaria Oxford is a bit of an institution and very well known amongst pizza lovers in the city. They have a restaurant in Summertown and Jericho and a few years ago there was a rumour they were going to open a third restaurant in Oxford as they have been so popular over the years, but I don’t think this ended up happening.
Upon stepping inside, I was immediately greeted by Bart who was friendly and let me know that my order was nearly ready.
What immediately struck me as well is that they have organised the waiting area very well, there is plenty of space when you walk in so it doesn’t feel too claustrophobic whilst you wait with other people collecting their orders too.
You can’t walk past the bar area. There is a small desk where you pay for your order and then next to that table, in front of the bar (pictured below) is a small basket with condiments such as chilli oil, chilli flakes etc which you are able to help yourself to. I thought this was a great touch and I was really impressed in general with how Mamma Mia have adapted to this new style of operating.
With our pizzas acquired, I swiftly left and made the journey home as I couldn’t wait to tuck in.
Food & Drinks
Pictured below is the Garlic Bread with melted mozzarella (top left), Americana with spicy pepperoni & onions (bottom left) and the Mamma Mia with spicy pepperoni, beechwood smoked ham, artichoke, mushrooms, olives, peppers, onion, capers & free-range egg (bottom right).
You can check out their full menu here if you want to take a peek.
The pizzas did not disappoint. They had a lovely thin Italian style base and the number of toppings felt generous compared to the price of these pizzas.
In terms of the garlic bread, this was absolutely stuffed with mozzarella and I regret not taking a picture of the inside! If you love cheese, I recommend ordering this.
Pictured above is the San Pellegrino Chino. I had never heard of this before, but I am a fan of San Pellegrino Blood Orange, so I thought I’d give this a go too.
Apparently it’s made from the ‘chinotto’, a small, bitter variety of orange that’s cultivated in southern Italy and Sicily. As well as bittersweet orange flavours, the sparkling Chino has aromas of cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
I have to admit although I did drink all of my bottle, I was left undecided on whether I liked it or not it in the end. It was really nice but I see this as a bit of a marmite drink, some will love it and some will hate it. I’d probably have it again though.
To finish, for dessert we had the Tiramisu. This was both very well presented and packaged considering it was for takeaway when Mamma Mia Pizzeria Oxford is used to serving this in a dining in environment.
We both agreed that the texture was spot on and there was not too much of an overpowering coffee flavour which I think you can find sometimes in a Tiramisu. This dessert really exceeded our expectations.
Conclusions and final thoughts on Mamma Mia Pizzeria Oxford
To conclude, I think that Mamma Mia Pizzaria Oxford have done really well to adapt to takeaway pizza only based on my experience of collecting from their Jericho restaurant. I would recommend you try it if you were thinking about ordering a propper Italian style pizza from a local independent restaurant.
I’ve done a few other pizza reviews which you can check out here.