At the risk of offending Francis at Food and Fort Worth, Texas, and never having been to Charlies, I have to thank my good buddy anonymous for the recommendation for Mama's Pizza.
I went here the other night and I'm filing this place in the same place as Fuzzy's. Cheap food and beer. For $8 bucks -ish, you can get an 8" pizza with one topping and a shiner bock....thats draft, Pete. Oh, and the pizza is great. And the beer was so cold, pieces of iced froth formed on the top.
To be honest, when anonymous recommended this place I was a bit suspicious. I mean, pizza...really? I can make a boboli pizza that tastes just fine. It's not even a gourmet pizza place with fancy toppings like Palio's (favorite "gourmet" pizza place - plus its affordable). It's pizza. But this wasn't just pizza. It was your basic style pizza but so much more. I didn't see the option to put poached prussian quail eggs, greek sheep spit or lobster marmalade on the pizza, but I did have the options of pepperoni, green bell peppers, canadian bacon and other things that I don't put on my pizza.
So I ordered one with pepperoni and cheese. That's how I like my pizza at a pizza joint. Plain and simple. If I want all those vegetables I will order a salad. I don't want a salad. I want to die fat and happy, not thin and hungry. If I go to Palio's I dress it up, but we're not talking Palio's here. We're talking Mama's. So back to the subject at hand. Unfortunately I lack the culinary descriptive abilities of Ciao Baby, FW Foodie, Food and Fort Worth, Texas, or even the Startlegram. However, you can trust me when I say this. The pizza is good. Really good. Good enough to make me forget about calling dominos/pizza hut next time I order and go to Mama's.
For those that need it, here's my best shot at a formal foodie review: When the pizza came out the aroma stimulated my noshing desires and jolted me from my gaze upon the brilliantly, yet homely decorative scheme. The pizza was delivered with superb style by a seasoned server who obviously knew her way around a pie. She even went so far as to provide me with freshly poured parmesan powder. At first blush I knew this was more than your chain pizza. The pepperoni was made from old world oni sheep and peppered just enough to tickle my nose with the hint of green peppercorn but not so much as to over power the hint of cashmere. The fresh mozzerella had gently melted on top of the perfectly tangy secret family marinara recipe and it all sat on the most delicately flaky, yet chewily chunky crust. Upon entering my mouth, a celebration began in which my tastebuds each jumped to meet the next bite before the other buds. The pizza melted in my mouth and my molars modestly molested each morsel. After but a fleeting moment in my mouth, I gently opened the orifice in the rear of my mouth and allowed the delectable delicacy to enter my ever developing gut.
That was fun for me. I hope you enjoyed it as well. By the way, the melting I mentioned was actually the melting of the skin on the roof of my mouth. Watch out, its hot.
I promised myself this post would be short so I'll stop with this last note. This really is a great pizza place with that great tasting, original pizza style you had as a kid and we rarely see anymore. There are so few good pizza places that serve a basic pizza that tastes great. Plus, $8 bucks for pizza and beer. Thanks anonymous.
Mama's Pizza is south on Berry, just east of 8th Ave.