Mamma Pizza, Oslo
I was very prepared to shell out a small fortune for dining in Oslo. I kept things manageable by picking up some cheap eat options along the way. For example, I started with a slice (or whole) of pizza pie from Mamma Pizza. In only six months the restaurant became one of Oslo’s top ranked restaurants. The owner, Luca Zannini, arrived in the city in 2012. He opened a pizza al taglio using knowledge from his hometown of Bologna and his passion from making people happy through pizza.
Like me, the weather was moody so I stuck around to the central part of the city. Eventually I got hungry so I dipped into this place for some hot, cheesy goodness. The venue is seat yourself-but order at the counter. I haven’t decided yet if I found the service unfriendly or not (i.e. being asked to swap tables, no greeting etc). Or if that’s the mannerisms of the people here. Anyway let’s conclude the ambience was fair.
As well as pizzas, Mamma Pizza (ignore the title) also delve into pastas and other sides. I was quite happy to some pizza bianca options. These exclude the tomato base for a more cheese-centric conclusion. The flavours were quite enticing. I liked the sound of the Principessa: mascarpone, ham, walnut and honey. But I ended up ordering the Zucca: pumpkin cream, bacon, onions, rucola and parmesan.
Each pizza sets you back about 150 – 180 NKK. It’s a light pizza, even the pumpkin cream is subtle and I forget it was there. I liked it – good base, simple toppings. A little on the plain side but the mix is pleasant. This out-there pizza was among the three finalists of a Norwegian pizza making competition at Smak back in 2014.
It’s worth bringing in a friend so you can enable a lot more variety. There’s three branches of Mamma Pizza across their city, located in Dronningen’s Gate, Storo and the Steen & Strøm store.
Sam’s other favourite pizza joints: Lazerpig Pizza Parlour, Collingwood; L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Stoke Newington, London