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Title: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: dssjh on August 05, 2018, 09:01:33 AM
The new pizza place replacing the short lived Sp'ilt! Milk was open yesterday and offering samples of their wares in the form of half slices and bites of other items. Had a nibble of pepperoni pizza that was pretty good (they got the crust down very well).

Opening for real on Monday.
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Post by: Ms. Jackson on August 05, 2018, 09:36:29 AM
Thanks DSSJH. Will have to venture over!
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Post by: N00b on August 06, 2018, 06:04:09 PM
Did it open today? Interested in trying for dinner
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Post by: ljr on August 06, 2018, 06:29:49 PM
Inside is pretty much the same as its predecessor, Fresh Spilt Milk. Same tables and chairs, same lighting, same big clock on the wall. Do they sell only pizza?
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: dssjh on August 06, 2018, 06:42:25 PM
they didn't have menus on freebie saturday, just a variety of pies, none too offbeat looking.
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Post by: BennyB on August 06, 2018, 10:55:58 PM
I tried it and found the crust a little odd. It was crispy in a strange way, like it had a different kind of flour in it. Not bad at all.

Also, there had been a sign for “Argentinian Pizza” so I asked about it and here’s how the conversation went:

Me: is there any Argentinian pizza?
Manager: No, are you Argentinian?
Me: no, but the sign said there would be?
Manager: well, Argintinian food is like Italian food
Me: ok, so just American pizza then?
Manager: no, pizza is from Italy, not america
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: N00b on August 06, 2018, 11:39:06 PM
I tried it. It’s pretty good. Definitely not brick oven style. Cornmeal crust. Reminds me of Two Boots. Unfortunately I think because it’s the first day the turnover was low and some of the slices were pretty old looking.
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Post by: jeanette on August 07, 2018, 09:16:25 AM
Me: is there any Argentinian pizza?
Manager: No, are you Argentinian?
Me: no, but the sign said there would be?
Manager: well, Argintinian food is like Italian food
Me: ok, so just American pizza then?
Manager: no, pizza is from Italy, not america

too funny.

Argentine-style pizza has a thick, bready crust. It is definitely not a cornmeal crust, which is not Italian either.
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Post by: Jhx on August 07, 2018, 10:13:08 AM
Lol, Good Luck to them
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Post by: JHMNY on August 07, 2018, 11:18:49 AM
I tried it and found the crust a little odd. It was crispy in a strange way, like it had a different kind of flour in it. Not bad at all.

Also, there had been a sign for “Argentinian Pizza” so I asked about it and here’s how the conversation went:

Me: is there any Argentinian pizza?
Manager: No, are you Argentinian?
Me: no, but the sign said there would be?
Manager: well, Argintinian food is like Italian food
Me: ok, so just American pizza then?
Manager: no, pizza is from Italy, not america

I walked by last night and saw the former Mario's Pizzeria manager/leaseholder there. As a matter of fact, I saw him a few times  by the storefront during the "renovation."  My guess is that Mario's Pizza has been rebranded. If so, keeping fingers crossed for good pizza second time around.
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Post by: Lilybell on August 07, 2018, 11:40:18 AM
Ugh, I hate Two Boots! Cornmeal does not belong on pizza (in my opinion). 
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Post by: jeanette on August 07, 2018, 11:45:58 AM
Agree with you 100 percent, Lillybell.

It may be a Southwestern invention (originally to make pizza not stick??). If so and in fact cornmeal crust, then Benny is right...it is American pizza.

https://slice.seriouseats.com/2012/02/poll-cornmeal-on-crust-way-or-no-way.html#comments-161162
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Post by: abcdefghijk on August 07, 2018, 12:29:59 PM
Does a cornmeal crust mean it's gluten-free?
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Post by: dssjh on August 07, 2018, 12:32:38 PM
not gluten free, since the cornmeal is in addition to, not instead of a standard flour. it is mostly used to discourage sticking -- i can take or leave the taste, but the mouthfeel is a little gritty and takes some getting used to.
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Post by: JH3525 on August 07, 2018, 02:59:50 PM
I didn't know what to expect when I walked in a 2 PM.  Its nothing more than the pizza at Due Fratelli.  Nothing looked fresh except the Grandma Pizza.  I took a slice home and it was decent but not great for $3.50.  This morning, I did a search and looked at photos of Argentinian Pizza at restaurants in Argentina.  The various pizzas slices with toppings looked awesome.  Mamma Rosa's is one enormous disappointment.  Its no better than the two previous pizza places at this site.   
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Post by: lalochezia on August 07, 2018, 03:11:00 PM
I walked by last night and saw the former Mario's Pizzeria manager/leaseholder there. As a matter of fact, I saw him a few times  by the storefront during the "renovation."  My guess is that Mario's Pizza has been rebranded. If so, keeping fingers crossed for good pizza second time around.

oh good another generic pizza place for jh. just what we need.

Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: abcdefghijk on August 07, 2018, 03:33:58 PM
Hey I wish these guys well.

But walked by and saw their hastily scrawled sign and didn't go in.

Presentation to do with food is very important.

I figure if they can't be bothered to create a nice sign to entice folks, then they're not really going to care that much about their pizza either.

There's simply way too much competition in NYC... so unfortunately, a place that doesn't go for excellence from the start isn't going to cut it for me...
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: abcdefghijk on August 07, 2018, 03:56:20 PM
Case in point, even those joints who sell $1 a slice pizza in Manhattan, have perfectly good signs...

Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: StevenGrey on August 08, 2018, 07:48:08 AM
Case in point, even those joints who sell $1 a slice pizza in Manhattan, have perfectly good signs...

Yes, well I've eaten $1 a slice pizza in a pinch and can tell you I was still overcharged!
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: Lilybell on August 08, 2018, 09:49:06 AM
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Does a cornmeal crust mean it's gluten-free?

No, they just put it on the bottom to prevent sticking instead of flour. It just completely ruins the texture of the crust.  Monsters!  ;) 

I've stopped eating anything with flour so I've been making do with cauliflower crust pizza or a version made with melted cheese and almond flour. I have only had real pizza once in the last 8 months. So at this point, even cornmeal pizza would probably taste like heaven to me.
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: abcdefghijk on August 08, 2018, 10:25:31 AM
Well, they improved their sign!

May give them a go now...
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Post by: JHMNY on August 09, 2018, 11:50:26 AM
Mamma Rosa's has posted a menu on the window. It looks like that apart from pies and slices, they'll also be preparing pasta dishes.
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: dssjh on August 09, 2018, 12:28:29 PM
pastas and some entrees, as well as veggie sides. and there's a footnote that they have a gluten free pie, "only in 12" size" (a note that makes me think the gluten free crust may be premade).
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's opening and samples
Post by: hfm on August 12, 2018, 08:36:41 PM
Mario's also had a gluten-free crust. It was frozen pre-made crust. It's somewhat odd they had a note for "Argentinian" style pizza given the previously posted conversation. Weird and cagey sounding answer for that.
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Post by: JDinJH on September 06, 2018, 04:52:03 PM
I went to Mama Rosa's when they first opened.  I was not too crazy about the cornmeal on the crust.  I went back today and the pizza was excellent - no cornmeal or undetectable.  It had a crispy crust, non-acidic flavorful tomato sauce, perfect amounts of high quality mozzarella cheese, and it was also cooked to perfection in a brick oven.  I let my companion have a bite and she also agreed that it was excellent.  I am ecstatic that we finally have a really good pizzeria in the neighborhood.  I hope they get a beer and wine license soon. 
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: hfm on September 07, 2018, 11:11:05 PM
I went to Mama Rosa's when they first opened.  I was not too crazy about the cornmeal on the crust.  I went back today and the pizza was excellent - no cornmeal or undetectable.  It had a crispy crust, non-acidic flavorful tomato sauce, perfect amounts of high quality mozzarella cheese, and it was also cooked to perfection in a brick oven.  I let my companion have a bite and she also agreed that it was excellent.  I am ecstatic that we finally have a really good pizzeria in the neighborhood.  I hope they get a beer and wine license soon.

When I think Brick Oven, I think a nice wood-fired one. When I pass by I just see chrome everywhere. It looks like just a regular old pizza oven, is it just brick on the inside or something?
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Post by: Jhx on September 07, 2018, 11:13:44 PM
Your right, I believe a brick oven is just that. An oven with bricks, and gas....
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Post by: francis on September 10, 2018, 03:00:27 PM
Just had a slice  of pizza and I have to say, IMHO, I think its the best slice in JH.  The cornmeal is quite traditional in some regions of Italy and can be had especially in Bologna, where food is king. Curious to see how the pastas and other dishes "pan" out
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: pipman on September 10, 2018, 08:36:52 PM
Tried the slices two nights ago.  Tasted the one that they called Margarita and one they called Grandmothers--I think the only difference was the sauce.  Agree that the slice was tasty--good sauce.  I prefer a lighter crust, but I think with Mamma Rosa's at 77th and Sac's at 87th my pizza cravings are satisfied on 37th Avenue.
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: European on September 26, 2018, 06:23:33 PM
Liked the pizza, maybe the best in the neighborhood, although something's bothering me with the cheese, like it is a bit acid, I don't know how to explain.
Also, when I took 3 slices home, they packed it in a paper bag instead of a small box, and it was real struggle to take it home and not ruin the topping. Strange.
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Post by: toque198 on September 26, 2018, 06:38:59 PM
Had a slice there today.
Bland sauce.
More corn meal than in an arepa;  fell all over the plate and table.
Too crisp to fold properly.
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Post by: ljr on October 28, 2018, 01:17:11 PM
We ordered for the first time last night: one slice pizza, chicken parmigiana with rigatoni and marinara sauce, and house salad. Delicious! In my opinion, as good or maybe better than Sac's, and lower-priced. I went in to order and the place was full--I never patronized Mario's when it was there, but this place seems like a big step up in quality, reflected by how busy it is. And I'm glad they offer dishes other than pizza, since I rarely eat pizza.
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Post by: francis on October 28, 2018, 01:30:13 PM
So coincidental you posted this.  I don't eat pizza often but  returned to Mamma Rosa's yesterday which was just my second time.  I have to say the same.  In terms of pizza , I  think they have the best in Jackson Heights.  I love the thin crispy crust and the topping, simple but better than usual quality. Delizioso! Squisiti
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Post by: MrPlaza on October 29, 2018, 12:43:08 PM
She’s turned into my go-to over Sac’s. And close enough to walk to, which we do often!
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Post by: FreyaG on October 30, 2018, 08:44:03 AM
I found the pizza uninspiring at best. It's not horrible, but it's no where close to Sac's. The only advantage is that there more meat options in slices for those who want them. Granted I haven't tried their pasta dishes yet.
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: dssjh on October 30, 2018, 02:32:41 PM
Pizza is always a healthier debate than politics -- but just as feisty, at times.

for the record, i like Mamma Rosa, but prefer Sac's (and Louie's for Sicilian).
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Post by: Shelby2 on October 30, 2018, 03:11:28 PM
I probably already mentioned this, but I LOVE the pizza at Los Amigos on Northern.  8)

https://www.yelp.com/biz/los-amigos-jackson-heights?osq=dos+amigos+pizza
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: pipman on October 30, 2018, 06:23:09 PM
Did they improve on delivery--a few weeks ago they took well over an hour to deliver a pizza that arrived cold. In the store, I enjoyed the pizza slice at Mamma Rosa's, but for now my favorite in the neighborhood is the margharita pizza (Mama's old-fashioned) at Sac's and they always deliver fast (I am only 3 blocks).
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Post by: jeanette on November 01, 2018, 09:19:37 AM
for the record, i like Mamma Rosa, but prefer Sac's (and Louie's for Sicilian).

Sac's is the best for my tastes, too. Dom's ingredients are higher quality and it is apparent in each bite in that you can actually taste the food group. It's hard to explain, but if someone regularly eats salt and grease they won't appreciate the plainness of natural foods. It would be bland for them.

I sound like a food elitist here, but I'm not really 'cause I am not all that into food. It was my early-in-life exposure to pizza in Italy that I can say with confidence that grease is not supposed to drip off the slice (or cracker!).

Glad we are having choices now, though.
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Post by: BennyB on November 01, 2018, 09:23:03 AM
I agree Sac's and Louie's are better. I would put it in the second tier along with Gianni's and Pizza Sam on Northern.
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Post by: petster on November 03, 2018, 09:09:41 AM
I live closer to Sacs but have to say it's worth the walk to Mamma Rosa. I find the service at Sacs  as well as their pizza to be  inconsistent.  I love Mamma Rosa  for their consistency, and hands down, better pizza. Excellent crust that doesn't get lost in the cheese and the sauce. It is my new "go to" for not only for pizza but for their food as well. 
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Post by: dssjh on November 03, 2018, 11:14:49 AM
i'm glad to have another option, mostly. and Mamma Rosa is the closest for us, which makes the slice drop-in easier. I prefer Sac's in general, but the crust at Mamma Rosa is very nice and i think they get a good balance of cheese to sauce. not too gloppy, which really ruins a slice for me.
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Post by: secret_test_kitchen on November 04, 2018, 09:27:24 AM
Thumbs up to the spaghetti and meatballs and the ziti. The broccoli rabe side is a bit salty but portion size was generous. Mamma Rosa's is a nice place to sit and eat.

We don't eat pizza often but love the thin crust pies at Los Amigos on Northern Boulevard.
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Post by: pipman on November 04, 2018, 11:02:09 AM
Good to have a healthy pizza debate.  Tried Los Amigos Margarita pizza last night--ingredients were fresh and tasty, but you have to be in mood for the very thin (cracker-like) crust.  Also, it doesn't travel too well and needed to be re-heated by the time i arrived home in 5 minutes...  I guess depending on what I am craving, I would go back for Los Amigos or Mama Rosa's--but overall Sac's is my preferred choice in JH so far.
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Post by: jackinjh on April 30, 2019, 05:24:31 PM
Anyone know if they change owner recently? Or they just change their pizza style, like back to Mario's.

Ordered a pie last Friday was totally different than before, the crust is not the cornmeal anymore (which I just start to like), the one now is like the typical one and the pizza is really dry. This was same a month ago when I order a plain slice, though they were just off that day.
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Post by: ptbass75 on June 14, 2019, 04:56:17 PM
Anyone know if they change owner recently? Or they just change their pizza style, like back to Mario's.

Ordered a pie last Friday was totally different than before, the crust is not the cornmeal anymore (which I just start to like), the one now is like the typical one and the pizza is really dry. This was same a month ago when I order a plain slice, though they were just off that day.

Yeah, noticed the difference.  It’s a different slice, and the one I had was not great.
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Post by: MrPlaza on June 19, 2019, 01:53:27 PM
Same slice when I went a couple of weeks ago :-/
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Post by: European on June 19, 2019, 10:58:48 PM
Also, noticed the difference!
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Post by: dssjh on June 20, 2019, 10:36:11 AM
+3 here. i wonder when it changed...very disappointing.
Title: Re: Mamma Rosa's Pizza
Post by: MrPlaza on June 26, 2019, 06:56:59 PM
My bad. I’m here now. It did change. Boooooo!