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Mamma Zu's

#104 of 1,271 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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501 S Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220-6242
(804) 788-4205
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Richmond, Va
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8 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dark, dingy, and waiters rude. Food was good but quantities couldn't be split. Had to wait outside - rain or shine, and whole party had to be present before being seated.

Thank TerryD219
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This small gem of a restaurant is a must for anyone looking for a great Italian food. The building is small, you walk in and kind of stand in the middle of the restaurant until they call you for table. We had a tomato salad with feta cheese to start. It was great and fresh. We split two entrées the... More 

Thank PLPE
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't let the exterior, or the loud conversations, or even the wait deter you. It's a delicious Italian/seafood cuisine. The Strozzapreti with Lamb meatballs is an excellent example of their amazing menu.

Thank David S
Richmond, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Food is so authentic ! Love this place ! We eat here at least once a month! I am New to trip advisor So i figured it was only fair to leave a much needed review! Everything's great! "Eggplant " is my favorite dish here!

Thank AngelaPurdy
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Have been going to Mamma Zu since the late '80s. Their dishes are simply the best Italian food this side of Florence. You may not receive timely or friendly service, but the food is worth it. Come in a group of 6 with reservations or in smaller groups and be content to enjoy a bottle of house red while you... More 

Richmond, Virginia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

On entering Mamma Zu's we were left to stand in the middle of the room for a few minutes until and man a few feet away asked how many. He then pointed to a table and left. After a couple minutes he slapped down two glasses of water, told us the menu was on the board and a server would... More 

Thank Diva0614
Gurnee, Illinois
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276 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner while in town on business. It was recommended to me by locals. They failed to "warn" me that the place doesn't look like much from the outside or inside for that matter. I wasn't sure I was at the front entrance as there was any indication at the entrance though I could hear the sounds of a... More 

Thank gondekp
Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

DO Not Miss this place! Broccolini was the best I've ever had! Full of garlic, pine nuts, and fragrant olive oil. Yum!!! Eggplant parm was superb! Perfectly prepared and fresh with just the right amount of acid in the marinara sauce! Bread was local and delish too! Lasagna was a generous portion and every bite was satisfying and delicious too.... More 

Thank wbgt
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Had heard good things and decided to try. It is disgusting, feels dirty. Staff rude, if that's their claim to fame, it's nuts. Pasta had hardlyany meat, wine was in a fruit juice glass, way too expensive. Food dumped and never saw the waitress again, she got no tip. Did not even check on us to see if we needed... More 

Thank Susan B
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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135 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

The red pizza (takes 30 minutes) is off the chain. Get one for an appetizer its life changing. Don't eat too much bread although it's amazing and order anything from the menu it's all great. A cannoli for dessert and go find a nap spot. It's not pretty but it's well worth the less attractive ambiance for the amazing cuisine.... More 

Thank David M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 S Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220-6242
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: (804) 788-4205

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