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MAMA DiGrado's Pasta & Pizza

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2500 S Center St, Marshalltown Mall, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4564
+1 641-752-7499
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we eat there frequently and tried most of the items on the menu..you can be two people or twenty they have room for large groups.. the pricing is good as well as the food

Thank 465jackiei
Marshalltown, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

I have dined at Mama DiGrado's many times. Every item I've ordered has been delicious. You don't have to be a child to order the child's portion of pasta. If you have a large appetite or want leftovers to take home, order the regular portion though. My favorite pizza style is the thin crust. I love that crunchy texture. I... More 

Thank Vickie S
Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

"Homemade" flavor in their pizzas, lasagna as well as everything else on the menu. Just walk in and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked pizza and you'll understand.

Thank Nocoverage
Marshalltown, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The food is great no matter what you order and the service is great. They always come back to the table after you have been served to see if you need anything and ask if everything is okay. It is a busy, happening place. There isn't anything we don't like. It is a great locally owned restaurant.

Thank bkunc1850
Marshalltown, Iowa
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

living in Marshalltown , we had to try it for dinner and were not disappointed , my god , there was so much left over we had to ask the waitress for leftover containers! GO THERE HUNGRY! you will not be sorry !

Thank Tom K
Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Food is excellent! Homemade pizza, pasta and more. Family recipes that have been handed down. Always fresh and piping hot!

Thank beckys584
Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

Is a very good place to eat for pizza breads salads the aroma from inside is worth the wait at times they can be very busy. I enjoy the chicken Alfredo with penn pasta.

Thank Linda C
Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

The food here is good but nothing special. Restaurant could do with some updating in decor and lighting.

Thank Duan A
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

My husband and I just moved to Marshalltown and what a wonderful find! The employees were so friendly, had smiles and went out of their way for you. We were missing our Kansas City Italian so decided to try Mama DiGrado's. My husband got the baked pasta where you pick your pasta and ingredients and he absolutely loved it. He... More 

Thank Kathy M
Springfield, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Just down the road from Walmart with parking for our truck. We were greeted promptly and seated. The lighting is a little bright, but the food was great and the salad dressing was fabulous. Pretty sad wine list, but then that wouldn't be why you came here. They offer homemade pasta dishes that sound wonderful and considering how great the... More 

Thank Lorelei S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 S Center St, Marshalltown Mall, Marshalltown, IA 50158-4564
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Marshalltown
  • Phone Number: +1 641-752-7499
Welcome Friends,
Since November 7th, 1988, when DiGrado Food Products, Inc. was
started by my wife Kim and I, people all over the world have been able
to taste the special Sicilian style marinara sauce that my
Great Grandmother Pauline Licatesi’s family have been enjoying for
generations. My Great Grandmother brought the recipes with her in
the early 1900’s when she came to America from Sicily, Italy.
The Sicilian family marinara sauce has a uniquely different flavor than
anything that is available in the area or perhaps anywhere
(but Sicily of course). People of all ages enjoy the flavors of our
authentic Sicilian family recipes. My mother said that my
Grandmother, Anna Maria Licatesi DeGrado, added sugar to sweeten
the sauce, but my mother liked my Great Grandmother
Pauline Licatesi’s sauce better without sugar—so my mother learned to
make my Great Grandmother’s sauce. My mother, Frances DeGrado
Hilsabeck, (the “I” in DeGrado was changed to an “e” when our family
moved to America) gave the recipes to me when I started showing an
interest in cooking and the restaurant business as a teenager.
Since 1974, Kim and I have over 50 years of restaurant experience at
different capacities combined. We have owned and operated
MAMA DiGrado’s PASTA & PIZZA™ for over 8 years with the help of
our staff currently and others in the past. Our staff shows a sense of
pride and great work ethic here, and are involved in school activities,
sports, dance, music, continued education, and giving back to the
community. Many of our staff stay with us from 14 until they move on
to college or other venues.
We donate to many events, fundraisers, organizations, schools,
sports, and church groups in Marshalltown and the surrounding
Kim and I started our restaurant venture together on July 12th,
2006 in a strip Mall that seated 45 people, then on February 1st, 2008
we moved to a location that had seating for 99 people and had an
opportunity to move to our current location May 1st, 2011 with seating
available for at least 145 people and we may open a private party room
in the future.
The photos on the walls are those of family members and friends,
some dating back to the early 1900’s—the photos were taken in the
USA and Sicily, Italy. My mother, Frances DeGrado Hilsabeck had
most of the photos stored in her cedar hope chest, and I always
thought that the photos would be nice to have as decor for an authentic
Italian restaurant. John Stalzer and the staff at Stalzer’s Photography
have done a superior job enlarging the photos and making them as
clear as possible.
We feature build your own pastas since everyone enjoys different
flavor combinations. We use the best spices, cheeses, sliced meats,
ground beef, pasta and pizza toppings that money can buy. We make
our own meatballs, dough, breadsticks, sauce and seasoning blends.
We chop all of our lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers and onions fresh.
We strive to offer the best service, food, prices, cleanliness, quality and
value to our customers.
When you order, we make everything fresh, we don’t hold food over
in warmers so that you can be served quicker, because we think that
can compromise flavor, texture and overall quality. We believe that we
apply more ingredients to your food than anywhere else. You get your
moneys worth. Please allow some time for this preparation and baking
time. We do our best, as you can witness by the open kitchen concept,
that your food is made as quick and accurate as possible. All of the staff
works very hard to make sure that your experience is a good one.
Please, by all means let us know if there is ever an issue you would like
to be addressed.
We appreciate the many patrons that have visited from near and far.
Our family welcomes you and hopes your visit is a pleasant one.
Thank You and Enjoy!
Dave Hilsabeck-Great Grandson of Pauline Licatesi

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