This was another of those 'blast for the past' restaurant visits that proves one thing: some places survive by staying the same.
The last time we were in Mamma Mia's was...umm...17 years ago for a St Valentine's meal? My partner remembered it but I'd totally forgotten anything other than it being cold. Having said that, the place has not changed one bit as far as I can tell. I'm sure they've replaced some of the furniture and redecorated from time to time but they've stuck with a decor formula that seems to work albeit in a faded, 80's shabby-chic kind of way.
Italian may be on the door but the service is Bradford through and through. "What ye 'avin' ta drink lad?' say the waiter but then surprised we were offered tap water when so many want to ram overpriced bottled stuff at us.
Food? Well - the calzone I ordered - curiously named Kiev for the addition of chicken (now you get the time warp references?) was surprisingly good although the tomato sauce was decidedly 'thin' and watery. My partner went for the veg tortellini which was well presented and, she said, tasted of the veg which it claimed were included.
The only fly in the ointment (sic) was that my partner found a hair in the accompanying bread. Thankfully they didn't charge extra.
OK - so it's Bradford and expectations are always on the low side but Mamma Mia's disappoints. The food is average, the decor is sub standard, the muzak is crap but the service was great and all at a price you cannot complain about. My sense is that with just a little bit of effort and forethought, this could be a much more attractive restaurant. But then the locals, who seem to find the place a real treat might complain since they're not so keen on change in Bradford.
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