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Mama Santa's

12305 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

216.231.9567

Little Italy

Pizza,American,Italian, $$


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From Seal Beach Ca to Little Italy Ceveland ohio


My wife and I ate at Mama Santas a few years back and it was the best...A little wine along with a small pizza...And the sauce...Wow the sauce!! Danny Scafetti (owner)and his family came out to our home in Seal Beach Ca a year later(5 of them)& stayed with us. Fun! We made his sauce in our home from scratch! The sauce is what makes an Italian restaurant a success as most folks know, and Danny nails it. I went to Benedictine and Danny went to Cathedral Latin (many moon's ago)...So you just know it was hard for me to give him praise!

Review by Arnie from Seal Beach posted March 03, 2014

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Mama Santa's( best kept secret in cleveland)


My wife and I always bring are friends to Ma Santa's and always have a good meal, and good service, we always have pizza with peperoni and onions and the price is lower than most cleveland area pizza shops and if you ever ate pizza in ITALY you would know the atmosphere is perfect, now shut up and eat.

Review by Nicky G from Highland Hts. posted July 03, 2013

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I'm so confused! Why was it so terrible?


After much prompting I finally convinced my husband to take me to Mama Santas. I was expecting a nice romantic italian restaurant, but instead I was met with a rather plain place with plain tables, no nice booths. More like a place college kids might hang out. ok, i figured the food will make up for it. Ya, I was wrong. We started with garlic bread (slices of bread with way too much butter and some garlic- basically what I can make at home) and cheese sticks. The cheese sticks were terrible, with a weird consistancy to the breading, but no taste. My husband called them the worst he's ever had, yet the waitress claimed they were home made. Ok I figure its all about the pizza.... next came the meatball side dish- which was a bizarre consistancy, like it had been in blender- still no taste. Finally, the pasta with oil and garlic that my husband pronounced as "eh". And finally the pizza! The tast was familiar- we couldnt quite place it until finally it hit us- just like a slice you get at the ballpark- maybe worse. Seriously, the whole meal was a mess and I apoligized all the way home. Then I came here to check the reviews- am I crazy?

Review by KAren from Cleveland posted October 22, 2012

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Bravo Mama Santa !


my first visit to mama santa's and was extremely pleased with the meal i had veal tetrazini and it was superb. my server was very friendly, and attentive to all customers. i will visit the resturant very soon.

Review by bob from mentor posted June 04, 2012

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NOTSO ITALIANO


I grew up from a baby going to this and all the places on the hill. I went back today for lunch for the first time in about twenty years and was extremely dissapointed. Growing up in an Italian old world family myself never had Lasagna so hard with a cold center. They replaced it and allthough hot it was still hard. I'd rather eat Stoffers. I tried to tell the cashier in a way as to use corrective critism and she deffended it like it was her baby. They won't be doing well with food and attitude like I recieved today.

Review by Monteleone from Berea posted May 15, 2012

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Bunch of Crap


This place is disgusting from the food to the service. When two couples eat out together you would think the food would come at the same time. NO! Pizza came first and after several attempts and 20 minutes we tried to flag down our server only to be meet with a hand in the air like don't bother me. Manager finally came over and told us WE were out of line! WTF? The wanted to give us our food to go we told them no, take it off the bill. They finally did but charged us for our two drinks, go figure. It wasn't just us, others around us were just as frustrated. Oh, and the pizza our friends had, was burnt. NEVER GOING BACK! Don't know what people see in this place.

Review by LIsa from Medina posted May 14, 2012

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MAMA SANTA'S = THE BEST PIZZA EVER!!!!!


I've been to Mama Santa's about five times in my life. I was glad I went each time. The service was great. The pizza was one-of-a-kind delicious. Mama Santa's makes me feel like I'm at home. The pizza is always perfectly made.

Review by Anonymous from Highland Heights, Ohio posted September 05, 2011

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Miss Mama Santa living in Central Florida


We used to live in Shaker Hts and went to Little Italy every friday for dinner. Mama Santa was one of the restuarants we patronize. My husband and I miss the food and ambiance. My daughter took her husband (an italian decendent from Long Island NY) he loved it. Keep it up. We'll visit soon.

Review by Ester from Lake Mary, Florida posted November 18, 2010

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Been there done that


I grew up in little italy and lived two doors down. I recently returned after ten years on the west side of town. It used to beto be cheap. I loved the grease at the bottom of the box. Like an authenic Philly and swiss in a brown paper bag. The flavor is still the same but order extra sauce and cheese. It will cost more but its worth it

Review by Ken Passerallo from Cleveand Oh posted October 05, 2010

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BELLA RISTORANTE


We've been going to Momma Santa's for over 20 years and they haven't lost a beat. Great pasta and meatballs to die for. Our favorite is the pizza, order double cheese, sausage, and well done. You won't find anything better. For me, this beat's Lombardi's in NYC. Worth the trip for any part of Ohio.

Review by A fan from Cleveland posted September 21, 2010

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Mama Santa's should be in the hall of fame; it rocks


Anyone looking for the pretense of a "gourmet" establishment will be sorely disappointed. But, if you want excellent Italian food at a great price, Mama Santa's can't be beat. The pizza is outstanding if you want a traditional crust and toppings. We also tried the homemade ravioli which was tender and delicious. The sauce was a little thin but had a great flavor. There were 5 people in our group and our food did not arrive at the same time. If little things make you uptight, e.g., tired decor, food arriving at different stages, etc., then this is not the place for you. If you want great, basic Italian food at a low price, then I recommend Mama Santa's.

Review by Badgers from Indy posted July 02, 2010

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No way


How this place EVER got it's "good" reputation is beyond me. The food is very generic..not authentic. The atmospher, is dark and dingy. and the service poor. This is not Good Italian food.

Review by MaryEllen from Brunswick posted May 31, 2010

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Tasty!


I went with my family to Little Italy and had a great time. The atmosphere is magical. This was my first time at Mama Santa's and had a great time. The restaurant recreates and brings back a feeling of an Italian restaurant back in the time of the mobsters. It was truly magical. It was cool. The food tastes very authentic and deliciously so. I would recommend Mama Santa's to anyone and everyone. It will definitely be getting my family's business again.

Review by Matt M from Avon posted April 10, 2010

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MAMA MIA!!!!


This was our first time eating at Mama Santo's - WOW! It was fantastic! Our waitress, appetizer & entrees were excellent! We actually had a small pizza as our appetizer and it was delicious! Authentic, quaint Italian eatery...will definitely be back!

Review by Mia from Akron posted March 29, 2010

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Overated!!!!!!!!!!


I really did not think the pizza was that great. Bland tasting sauce. Everybody hypes this place up, and I really don't feel it's that great. Very long wait for our food, and it wasn't the cleanest place either. I have had better pizza at Antonio's at Parma Town.

Review by Gregory P from North Olmsted posted January 20, 2010

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AWFULL FOOD AND SERVICE!!!


Table for 5 sat right away. Three ordered pasta and order came right away. You would think all orders come at once. Pasta dinners done still no pizza. After four questions about pizza and drinks ice tea was brought and waitress realized there was no pizza. She then ordered the pizza it came. All dinners tasted like a chain restaurant. Totally not what was expected of Little Italy. My family is from Calabria and I am no stranger to Italian cooking.

Review by Regina D'Agostino from Lakewood posted January 09, 2010

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Little Italy's Finest


My godfather opened this place over 50 years ago. It was called "Joes'. He brought Mama Santa over from Italy and did most of the cooking for Joe. He was very good too! During the Feast...slices of pizza and sausage just flew out the door.They were displayed in the long gone front window. Last visited 8 or 9 years ago.They treated me like an old relative once I told them about Joe Puleo.

Review by Robert from Macedonia, ohio posted December 27, 2009

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Mama San-Knock You Out


Although we've never visited Mama Santa's, it's AWESOME!!!! ZOMG! The pizza was amazing, and the service was the best in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and America, and the world, and the universe. Even God said so, I swear to God. And so did the cross-eyed manager who crook-charges for baby cow meals. We recommend this place to anyone who has ever tasted McDonald's (especially in Italy!!!) you will love it so much I know for a fact!!!!

Review by Hernando de Soto from Mahuactalan, Mexico posted December 22, 2009

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The Real Deal


After being a Geraci"fan for 30yrs and rarely went to MS-the tide has changed.I get the same all the time-pepperoni/sausage and extra well done.It comes out looking perfect and tasting as good as it looks.Only pizza places better in the country are Lombardis of NY,Grimaldi's of NY and Giordano's of Chicago.

Review by tommy p from cleve hts,oh posted September 17, 2009

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Best pizza in Cleveland


I eat at Mama Santa's quite often. I've had many things on the menu and never been diappointed. But the pizza is my favorite. The crust is a thin crust that is really yummy. The sauce has a slight roasted taste and is full of different spices, but not over powering. The italian sausage is excellent too and there is plenty on it. The thing I like is that the pizza is not greesy like so many places. As close to perfect as pizza can get.

Review by Keith from Bay Village posted April 11, 2009

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italian speciality


first time there on 11-08-2008 , and first time in little ataly. the food was really great. service was the same. can't wait to go back again. it was a great experience and looking at their pizza's that just came out of the ovens looked fantastic. next time will be a pizza cost of the food was very reasonable and the seating area was very quiet and nice.- jim j. austintown ohio

Review by jim johnson from austintown ohio posted November 09, 2008

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Cross-eyed Crook with Fake Italian cuisine


I have been to many fabulous Italian restaurants, especially being a native New Yorker, and this one is BY FAR A FAKE!!!! Not only does the staff have a zero on the knowledge of Italian food scale, but after I was unfortunate enough to eat the food, I got a big sendoff with an extra $6.00 crook-charge on the bill. According to the cross-eyed crook manager, if you order a veal dinner with pasta it's $11.50; HOWEVER if you order pasta with veal will be charged as TWO dinners or $17.00. When questioned, he said I had a bad attitude. They are crooks!! & The food is fake, NOT authentic Italian cuisine.

Review by Immaculata from Cleve, Ohio posted September 16, 2008

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Best Cheap Pizza in Cleveland!!


We always get their pizza and are never disappointed. Thin crust, with great sauce and just right amount of cheese. I've never had under-done crust - maybe other reviewer went on a bad day or something...? The atmosphere is comfortable - like my old italian grandma's basement rec-room. Service is quick and a bit abrupt (not super-friendly, but not bad). Don't bother with the olive appetizer (a few canned black olives), or the salad (iceburg with so-so dressing). Everything else is EXCELLENT and CHEAP!

Review by Anonymous from Cleveland Hts posted August 09, 2008

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Awful Crust


We ordered their Pizza, after eyeing a few tables ,the pizza was picture perfect!!!!, Looks can be deceiving, When the table next to ours picked up a slice and looked under it, the dough looked under cooked, the pie just flopped. Sadly when our pizza arrived it was the same as the next tables. Good toppings ,but the crust is soft like wonder bread. Left the pizza for the trash.

Review by Rose from Avon posted June 12, 2006

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Just ok


We picked up a pizza to go today and it was a disappointment. We've eaten at Mama Santa's a number of times and have had good meals. This pizza had very little flavor. We were really surprised. My son commented on the number of pizzas they were making...maybe they were too busy...???

Review by Suzi from Solon posted May 19, 2006

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Mama Santa = Pizza Santa!!!


This place have the best Piza in the whole State of Ohio. I mean, is that good ! Is a very affordable restaurant with very nice waitress and excellent service. Although if you go on a weekend afternoon you might have to wait a little bit,but is shure worth the wait. Best Pizza I ever had !!! AAA+++.

Review by Tony Soprano from Cleveland, OH posted March 23, 2006

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Northern Ohio Live Magazine


This comforting neighborhood standby is a haven for college students, hospital staff, concertgoers and gallery visitors. Stepping into the dimly lit dining rooms is like leaving the 21st century behind; you'll hear strains of Sinatra or Dino over the hum of conversation and the din of the busy kitchen. Don't leave without trying the pizza: thin, crispy crust topped by tangy tomato sauce, cheese and your choice of toppings. A traditional selection of pasta dishes, sausage and peppers, antipasto and house salads is also available, along with house wines and a brief beer list.

Review by Northern Ohio Live posted June 03, 2005

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Cibo Italia For real


If your into authentic Italian food then this is the place to go. Along with the best Pizza your going to find in Cleveland, you will find everything on the menu outstanding, and easy on your wallet. The service is wonderful. Make sure to try the Pizza, best anywhere.

Review by Pete from Westlake posted May 17, 2005


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