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Mama Santa's Restaurant and Pizzeria

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Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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12305 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1927
(216) 231-9567
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Neighborhood Tradition

We're not sure why Mama Santa's gets such bad (and good) reviews. Our experience has always been middle-of-the-road. The pizza is very good, not great, but way better than the national chains. Not the same spicy pepperoni and tangy tomato sauce I remember from the 70's, but those flavors are really... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Joseph L
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Naples, Florida
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Medina, Ohio
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30 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Upon entering you realize you are traveling back in time to a multi generation owned restaurant. The wood is dark, few windows and it hasn't been updated probably since the 60's or 70's. While the waitresses are very sweet and service oriented, the food and pricing is not what I'd expect. I visited with my two teens. We all agreed... More 

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We're not sure why Mama Santa's gets such bad (and good) reviews. Our experience has always been middle-of-the-road. The pizza is very good, not great, but way better than the national chains. Not the same spicy pepperoni and tangy tomato sauce I remember from the 70's, but those flavors are really hard to find today. Service is middle-of-the road too.... More 

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Strongsville, OH
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We have stopped here many times over the years. The pizza is wonderful. Eat some while you are there and consider bringing one home for later too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

If you go to Mama Santa's you need to order the fresh made pasta. It goes wonderfully with their sauce. The sauce is so good you wish they gave you a side of it for bread dipping. Pizza is also great. Next time you are in Cleveland drive down to little Italy and give it a try!

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Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We were on a road trip with our grandson, visiting Case, where my husband went to school a million years ago. We had to go back to Little Italy, and we hit the jackpot with Mama Santa's. Our waitress, Debbie, told us she had worked there for 29 years! And she was great. We had a mixup with an order,... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I was very much looking forward to eating here. I met some friends here and all of our food was just terrible tasting. I thought I just purchased something out of a can or freezer box. The ambience was not impressive either. The service was not very good. Recently, when I suggested to meet me in Little Italy again, my... More 

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Cleveland, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Great pizza in a great neighborhood. Nothing fancy, but if you like pizza, you'll love Mama Santa's.

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Stow, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We've been here a few times and always order pizza. It's delicious, but the value for the price seems to be going down. The charge for a topping on a large was $2, which isn't bad... until you realize the pizza has 16 pieces of pepperoni on it. Sorry, that's just not right.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is not gourmet cooking, it is great simple food at a great price. Try this restaurant for really good simple food.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We went to Mama Santa's to have a good lunch. I love their homemade pizza. It is why we always eat there in Little Italy. This place should have a award from Trip Advisor for their foods.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12305 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106-1927
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: (216) 231-9567

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?