Mamma Mia's - Clarks Summit, PA
Location: Clarks Summit, PA
Date: August 2012
Pizzas Ordered: 2 medium pies; 1 sweet, 1 italian
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out
So Mamma Mia's is pretty new to the Clarks Summit pizza scene, but they are certainly not new to NEPA as they have been in Scranton for quite a long time. They don't have a dining room, so I presume they are exclusively take out or delivery. Let me tell you, they know their niche, because no matter what you order, they always tell me my food will be ready in 5-15 minutes, and low and behold it is always ready when I get there! These guys are known for their original sweet sauce, but they also offer an italian seasoned sauce for those seeking something different. I decided it would be a good idea to pit one against the other in a PIZZA FACE-OFF!
When I picked up the pizzas, it was clear that both were cooked and prepared identically, so we don't need to go into a lot of detail in comparing and contrasting the cheeses and crusts of each. Both crusts were decent, a bit chewy, not crispy, which is typical of pizzas that are cooked on screens and not directly on the oven brick. I prefer a little more crust around the edge, but I'd think the vast majority would disagree since empty pizza boxes usually are filled with leftover crust. The cheese was definitely my favorite part of both pies. I believe it is a blend of some sort, but I wouldn't speculate what the cheese blend was. (Well maybe I will - mozzarella and provolone?!) It was the slightest bit salty, and generously applied. The way that the cheese was perfectly browned in spots throughout gave a nice flavorful texture.
So now it's on to the battle, italian versus sweet sauce. Admittedly I am a fan of a zesty sauce, and really don't like a sweet sauce, but alas I will try to step outside of the box and come up with an objective winner in this bout. First, the italian spiced sauce. I found it to be a good sauce with a nice consistency and small pieces of crushed tomatoes. Overall, it was still a little sweet for my taste, but the oregano, basil, and other italian seasonings muted the sugar a bit which was an improvement in my view. The slight sweetness did some justice to counter the saltiness of the cheese. Second, the sweet sauce was presumably the same sauce minus the italian seasonings, perhaps adding a spoonful or two of sugar. Simply put, I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't like drinking a sugary glass of Kool-Aid. It was still quite sweet, but not over the top and didn't leave a sweet aftertaste as some pizzas do. This pizza was well balanced also, and I can appreciate what is trying to be accomplished here.
In the broad scope of things the pizzas are one in the same, just one sauce has some added italian seasoning, and one has a bit more sugar. They are very consistent pizzas, and I clearly have a preference toward the italian seasonings, so me rendering the final word on such a contest wouldn't be helpful to the NEPApizzareview readers so I enlisted the refereeing services of a man lovingly referring to himself as "The Big Ragu" (don't ask!) who was happy to try a couple slices of each pie and render his verdict. Upon careful deliberation, he bellowed his disdain toward the sweet sauce, as he too preferred the italian sauce making Mamma Mia's Italian Sauce the winner of this PIZZA FACE-OFF.
At the end of the day, it's up to personal preference as to what type of pizza people will order, but I would imagine the sweet sauce is more popular from the feedback I've heard from other customers. This is another pizza that people who like sweet sauce will flock to and enjoy. As far as the pizza ratings go, I see them as equivalent, so I'll score them both this way:
Overall Taste: 3/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 3/5
Overall Value: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
Similar To: Goodfella's Pizza
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THE BOTTOM LINE: This is a good pizza at a great price. The product is ALWAYS consistent, cooked properly, and ready in a heartbeat. I was told my order would be ready in 15 minutes, showed up in 10, and my pizzas were ready and blazing hot. Perfect place to go if you have to pick up pizza on the way home from work for the family. Coincidentally, I can see this being a huge hit with the kids. Finally, if I was ordering delivery faced with the choice of Mamma Mia's versus say - Domino's, I'd definitely choose Mamma Mia's without question.