The Vavaroutsos clan set up shop with the first Mama's Pizza location back in '79, and they've been a trusted source for New Yorker-approved pies ever since. "This isn't 'New York-style' pizza," Jimmy says. "It is New York pizza."Don't let this pizzeria's shiny new digs fool you—they might look like new kids on the block, but these guys have been slinging pies in Roswell for over three decades. After emigrating from Greece to the U.S. in the '50s, Jimmy's dad entered the pie trade in New York City, where he spent years tweaking and perfecting his recipes for homemade dough and sauce. Eventually, those recipes made their way down South when the family relocated to Roswell… and the rest, as they say, is history. Delicious, cheese-slathered, pepperoni-topped history.
The Vavaroutsos clan set up shop with the first Mama's Pizza location back in '79, and they've been a trusted source for New Yorker-approved pies ever since. "This isn't 'New York-style' pizza," Jimmy says. "It is New York pizza." And considering the fact that Jimmy and Pete worked alongside each other in the kitchen for three decades, swapping recipes and perfecting formulas, we're inclined to believe him. With a crust that's thin enough to be crunchy, but substantial enough to support a heap of gooey cheese and toppings, these pies certainly seem like the genuine article. While the pizzas are the star of the show here, they're backed up by a supporting cast of stromboli, sandwiches, and deep-fried Italian hot dogs, a Jersey delicacy. Polish 'er off with a brew from one of the bar's craft taps, and save room for dessert: this joint's homemade Italian ice is almost as famous as its homemade salad dressing (described by Jimmy as "liquid crack").
Papou's Salad, $5.65 (Small) — $11.65 (Large)
Margherita Pizza, $10.75 (Small) — $15.85 (Large)
Meat Lovers Pizza, $14.50 (Small) – $20.75 (Large)
My Wife's Favorite Pizza, $12.75 (Small) — $18.50 (Large)
Italian Ice, $3.75
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.