For the better part of a decade, one homestyle pizza establishment has found its way into the hearts of many a South Pasadenan, Mamma’s Brick Oven. For those who are familiar with the New York style pizzeria, they would know that its small town charm and big flavor have contributed to its status as a local favorite, by having classics like the Brick Oven Special, and new, bolder creations, like the Mac and Cheese pizza, bringing in a diverse clientele.
But even the die-hard Mamma’s fan would have to agree that its location on 710 Fair Oaks Ave. is not the ideal location. With its cramped quarters and nearly inaccessible parking during rush hour, one would venture to say that owners Jamie Inzunza and husband Steve deserved better.
Finally, after many years of embedding themselves in the fabric of our town and employing many young students, myself included at one point, they are moving to a new location on the Southwest corner of El Centro and Fair Oaks.
The groundbreaking ceremony, on the evening of October 30, saw many members of the community coming out to share their excitement with Jamie and Steve as they ceremoniously dug their shovels into the soil behind the establishment.
There were some delectable hors d’oeuvres as well, creations by Jamie made especially for the event, including Roma Calzones, Cheesesteak Stromboli, and meat and potato balls.
It made my heart happy to see this couple who has remained true to their craft get such a great break with the support of the community behind them. As Councilman Bob Joe stated “South Pasadena is now, and has been, your home”.
Jamie told me of all the things she was looking forward to the most it was “Definitely the space” and by that she means the literal space, as the new spot is approximately three times as large. Though Steve is happy with the move he opined that in the old location it had that “Authentic Manhattan feel, rubbing elbows with everyone you pass by.”
Jamie eagerly said to look forward to the new location opening sometime in January or February. In the meantime be sure to grab some slices (or a whole pie) at the tiny yet charming old location. Here’s to new memories!