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Mamma's Brick Oven - South Pasadena

WildSwede | Jan 26, 2006 06:40 PM

I have been to Mamma’s Brick Oven twice now – once for dinner and once for lunch. First time was on Saturday. Was in the area and remembered that I wanted to try it, so I stopped in – it was around 5:00. There was a steady stream of people coming in and out. I eyed all the selections of pizza by the slice (ranging from $2 (cheese) to over $4 (multiple toppings)). All pizzas are thin crusted and the slices are very large.
I ordered a slice of “The Grandma’s” which was the only square pizza there – it is made of low carb crust (available on any pizza when ordered), fresh garlic, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil. I also ordered a small green salad $3 and a 1/2 order of their garlic knots (3) $1.75. They put the slice and knots into the oven for me and I got my salad and sat down. Normal greens with some tomato – nothing exciting. Then came the pizza, piping hot from the oven. I have to say, this pizza was good. However, the knots kicked my butt!! They are served with tomato sauce for dipping. Once you add some crushed peppers and salt - Amazing.
Before I left, I ordered a full order of the knots (6) $3.50 a pepperoni roll (pepperoni, garlic, parmiggiano & mozzarella cheese served with a side of tomato sauce) and a slice of pepperoni pizza to go.
The pepperoni pizza was good. The pepperoni roll was even better (after a pretty good stint in the toaster over). The knots, again, awesome.
I stopped by again today on my lunch. Of course, my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Since the last time I was there, I had overheard a woman say that her aunt kept telling her how delicious their pastas were; I ordered the meat lasagna and asked for the arrabiata sauce to cover it ($7.50 served with a green salad & 2 knots & dipping sauce). I also ordered a piece of the cheese pizza and another ½ order of knots and a root beer. I think that the pizzas with more toppings are the winners here. The cheese was very bland and unexciting. I ordered it well done, and it came out a little too crispy for my tastes. I will have to repost once I actually eat the lasagna (I only ate some of the melted cheese with the arrabiata) so I cannot judge properly. And I don’t have to say anything about the knots. I ended up taking the salad, lasagna, one leftover knot and my additional full order of knots home.
This is a place where you walk up and place your order – they will bring it to the table when it is ready. The people who work there are very sweet and helpful. They deliver too, with a $15 minimum.
They also have soups, both hot and cold sandwiches, salads, additional pasta entrees, various appetizers, eggplant rollatini, veal, chicken or eggplant parmiggiana, chicken marsala, various desserts, etc. They also advertise that they cater.
That said, I think that this is a place that is good to go to when you are in the neighborhood and want a decent slice of pizza. I don't think that it is a place to drive too far for.

Mamma’s Brick Oven
710 S Fair Oaks (where Kentucky Fried Chicken used to be – just south of Bristol Farms)
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-1344
Credit Cards Accepted

10:30am – 10:00pm 7 days a week

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