Local history, homemade pasta & great service
Speak to any local and they will tell you about the great food experience at the iconic Mamma Carmela’s. Established in 1974 with the current owners running the business since 1984, it’s a traditional family Italian cafe serving up the best pizzas and pasta seaside.
It’s family and loyal customers first for the team at Mamma’s. “The people and locals here are great, it feels like we are holiday working so close to the ocean. It’s fun to meet tourists and people from all walks of life.”
Providing the yummiest, freshest pizzas has been a passion for Tony the star pizza maker. He’s been behind the pizza oven for the last 34 years. Of course, he has a secret ingredient he won’t tell us about in the base, making it crispy on the bottom, not too heavy, thick or thin. Add the homemade pizza sauce on top, extra garlic, locally sourced meats and you have a combination that has kept some loyal customers coming back for over 30 years.
MAMMA’S PASTA MADE WITH LOVE
You will find Josie in the kitchen most days making her famous Mamma Carmelas handmade gnocchi. Mixing flour, potato, butter and eggs, she expertly creates little portions of heaven. So, what makes a good gnocchi? “It must be fresh, light and fluffy and made with texture by pressing a hole in the centre for the sauce to stick.” And, the taste? It’s on our list as a definite must try!
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner ’til late here’s our pick of some of the Mamma’s favourites.
FOR THE HUNGRY Big Breakfast $16.90 2 eggs, bacon, sausage, mushroom, tomato & toast
FOR THE SWEET TOOTH Rocky Road Calzone $10.90 A traditional calzone filled with nutella, cherry ripe, white chocolate. marshmallow, topped with maple syrup and vanilla gelato.
MUST TRY Mamma’s Homemade Gnocchi Puttanesca $23.90 Gnocci with a sauce of anchovies, olives, capers, and chilli, infused into a traditional Napolitano sauce.