About Oh Mamma Mia!
Sarasota, FL 34231
Authentic contemporaney Italian restaurant. Cooking show every night!
Italian, Wine Bar, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:45pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: Closed, Monday: Private Cooking Classes Only
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live cooking show as you dine. See the chef cooking your meal and broadcasted live on a giant screen in a open kitchen atmophere.
30% discounts on to go and catering.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Oh Mamma Mia! Ratings and Reviews
Our party of 10 felt like the most impor ...
Our party of 10 felt like the most important dinner but seems all the other customers were feeling the same way! The service was warm friendly and excellent! The chef/owner even stopped to check in us. Didn't see food on any plates that were cleared from our table.
Excellent. We love this restaurant and ...
Excellent. We love this restaurant and always find something different to try and enjoy. We have been eating there for years and have never been disappointed. The owner is a wonderful Chef and runs a terrific eatery. His staff are delightful and it feels as though everyone is family.
One of only 2 authentic Italian chefs in ...
One of only 2 authentic Italian chefs in Sarasota & they're moving next year to the Midwest where there's a bigger yr-round population & fewer authentic Italian restaurants. The only other one here is La Scarpetta.
Chef Giuseppe is the best. His love of c ...
Chef Giuseppe is the best. His love of cooking is shown with his delicious meals. All homemade and all so good. We always come back here when we're here on vacation. Told many family and friends about this place and now they its their favorite as well. It's a gem!
Had a table for 6 to enjoy a night of fo ...
Had a table for 6 to enjoy a night of food and wine with friends. It was the first visit for two of them. The wine selections from Chef G were perfect and the dinner was excellent. Thanks again, Chef for another wonderful evening.
The chef takes his job very seriously an ...
The chef takes his job very seriously and as a results creates excellent Italian meals. It is always a pleasure to eat at MaMaMia's. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great evening out with fine food and great service!
We were four people and had three differ ...
We were four people and had three different entrees between us. The kindest description we could give any of them was “adequate.” The waiters were running around in circles - terrible service. The cook/owner might consider focusing more on getting his restaurant together to deliver better food and service than on the silly large screen that live streaming the same ordinary meals being prepared. Won't be back!
7 of 8 dinners arrived together. The l ...
7 of 8 dinners arrived together. The last order was 15 minutes later and after the other dinners had finished their meals. When the Chef was asked what he could do to make it up he suggested that the wait staff be penalized on their tip. Will not be back to this establishment.
My first time here. Loved it. The food ...
My first time here. Loved it. The food was great and the service was very personable, despite the fact that I was there New Year's eve and the place was packed. I love that they take reservations too and prices are reasonable. So cool that they have a big screen that shows you what is going on in the kitchen. Can't wait to go back.
Regrettably, a name change is in order f ...
Regrettably, a name change is in order from Oh Mama Mia no No Mama Mia. This small strip shop eatery was once a favorite. When our previous plans for the evening fell through, I was surprised at the wide availability of times for dinner here, especially at the height of season in Sarasota. And now I think I understand why.
When we arrived for our reservation, the restaurant was virtually empty of patrons. We ordered and the food was brought in a timely fashion. Both of our meals were substandard. I ordered the veal osso buco and the meat was chewy and tough. The accompanying fettuccini was overcooked and clumped together. My mother ordered the linguini gamberi (her favorite) and the sauce was virtually flavorless. The pasta had not been drained sufficiently and the dish was watery.
When our server finally inquired about the meal, we voiced our disappointment and in short order the chef was tableside apologizing for the poor quality of the meals. He promised to adjust the bill and "only charge for the salads". When the bill arrived in the amount of $28.00, I questioned it and the chef began argue that he had to also charge for the bread and the white table cloth. $28.00 for 2 small side salads?
The tasteless meals were equaled only by the tasteless attitude of the owner.
No Mama Mia.
We had a group of six for dinner so didn ...
We had a group of six for dinner so didn't want to complain because it makes others uncomfortable. We had two appetizers for the table - the calamari was tasty and the frittata was good, however they were both fairly expensive for what you got - $12 for maybe 12 slices of calamari in sauce and the frittata was similarly priced. My husband asked for a pasta dish off menu, it came out very bland. My veal dish was tasty, however the vegetable and polenta accompaniments were stone cold. We had a great time with the company, the servers were delightful, but the food ultimately was not a good value and not as tasty as some of the other family owned Italian restaurants that we've been to in Sarasota, similarly priced.
Food was very good but serving size was ...
Food was very good but serving size was a bit skimpy. Homemade pasta and bread, varied menu and great specials. Excellent service, very attentive staff. Fun and active dining experience as the owner and chef is very hands on and you can watch your meal being prepared on screens throughout the restaurant. Only complaint is they serve espresso; no regular coffee is available. We really wanted coffee to go with our delicious cannoli's and don't care for espresso.
We were heading up to the Asolo Theater ...
We were heading up to the Asolo Theater for a show and stopped for pre-theater dinner. Arriving for our early reservation, we were the only patrons in the place. We were a little concerned, but figured what the heck! We didn't make a mistake. While the menu had many of the usual Italian restaurant offerings, there were several unusual and different choices. They all turned out to be delicious! All food was prepared fresh in front of our eyes in their open kitchen. Service was neighborhood friendly and attentive. By the time we headed up for our show, the place was full! I don't know what took us so long to try this restaurant. We'll be back for sure.
Second time there. First was much bette ...
Second time there. First was much better. Portions were adequate, but not what you expect from an Italian restaurant. My pasta, requested al dente, was overcooked. Seafood portion was sparce. I believe the owner, who has sold or will soon be selling, is "lame duck" and getting ready to move onto another venture.
This restaurant is a rare find in Saraso ...
This restaurant is a rare find in Sarasota. The Chef owner is The Personality and his menu and food made right in front of you are phenomenal. Italian the way it should be prepared. And his service staff are friendly and competent and make you feel right at home. Just like family. We can't wait to get back again to try another selection. Perhaps next week??
Always wanted to try this place. After ...
Always wanted to try this place. After making the reservation, my wife signed up for a "birthday club" and then received an email offer for first-time diners that said "25% off your total bill". The food and service was fine, and the prices reasonable. However - our server told us that the gratuity was "included" as part of the prices on the menu- that was completely untrue. Then, when we presented the coupon, the bill that came back reduced only my wife's meal by 25%. When we questioned this, the 'chef/owner' came over and proceeded to loudly and insultingly tell us that coupon wording means YOUR bill - not your entire table's bill! We were annoyed by this and told him so. Eventually, he reduced our bill, but was cleary angry at us. As we were leaving, I inqured at the front desk about a carryout menu. The chef followed us out of the restaurant and screamed at us, "You are banned from ever coming back here!" Completely unreasonable and highly unprofessional. As I said, the food was okay, but given the incredibly rude behavior of the owner (all other staff were actually quite okay) I will NEVER retrun, and I wil tell anyone who asks me that it simply isn't worth goign here.
You accepted our reservation but they we ...
You accepted our reservation but they were closed from Monday to Wednesday until October 1st (and therefore closed when we had our reservation). You need to work on not allowing that to happen as we had to find a backup.
Our experience did not live up to the gl ...
Our experience did not live up to the glowing reviews. We were quite surprised. Our server was very pleasant but the food was quite disappointing - especially the shrimp which did not taste like it was ok to eat. I am a picky eater but my husband is not and he agreed. We would not return nor recommend this restaurant.
The restaurant really was not much to lo ...
The restaurant really was not much to look at, located in a strip mall, not very impressive. However, the service was OUTSTANDING!!! The FOOD DELICIOUS, in every way possible. Friendly staff, we were most definitely very pleasantly surprised. A real neighbor hood gem!!
The food was fabulous and the service wa ...
The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. The air conditioning was having some issues but it did cool the restaurant down after 30 minutes or so. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I will be returning soon!
Anything but what the typical strip-mall ...
Anything but what the typical strip-mall Italian eatery location would portend. Really good and creative options and flexible about substitutions (even if not on the menu). Affable, attentive service. Fairly economical to boot. A definite do over and a lot closer than Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
Our third visit to Mamma Mia. First sinc ...
Our third visit to Mamma Mia. First since the expansion . Took some Italian friends there . Food was outstanding . The sauce was to die for . The expansion was classy and we were impressed by the positive addition.
The staffing that particular night was insufficient . If this was more than a one time issue they should increase the staffing . When the snowbirds get here it will really show.
The service was very slow. Our waiter wa ...
The service was very slow. Our waiter was sitting talking to two female customers while we waited almost 15 minutes to make his first appearance at our table. They were out of several of the featured wines. No atmosphere will not go back.
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