For 19 years the corner of 23rd and Spruce Street has been home to Mama Palma’s Gourmet Pizza. La Famiglia Russo immigrated from Italy, later Renato and his sister Brunella moved to Fitler Square neighborhood and found the area to be missing some authentic Italian restaurants. In 1996, they opened Mama Palma’s where they aim to treat customers like family and create an atmosphere that is just as comfortable as eating at home.

Just like home, every meal is always freshly prepared, hot off the oven, and delicious! Even their bread and Mozzarella cheese is made fresh daily in house. Mama Palma’s gourmet pizzas are hand-made with the finest and freshest ingredients available.


The menu has such a large variety of pizza toppings to offer so many different combinations, everything you can think of from hand cut Italian pepperoni to Peking duck. They offer gluten-free and whole wheat pizza crust. There is even a section of the menu dedicated entirely to Low Fat Pizza options.

Walking into Mama Palma’s its easy to see the star of the show is their brick oven, its imported from Europe. Unlike conventional ovens, this oven can achieve a combination of roasting, baking and smoking. The intense heat from the hardwood seals in the flavor that creates the all the wonderful tastes of Mama Palma’s one of a kind pizza.

Start with their most popular selling appetizer, cooked in their brick oven- Mama Palma’s Famous Warm Polenta Bread Plate with roasted corn, fresh rosemary, roasted sweet peppers, on our own homemade polenta spread, topped with parmesan cheese, and drizzled with our garlic and herb sauce. We paired this with the Harvest Insalata which had pears, red onions, tomatoes and caramelized walnuts on a bed of arugula topped with Gorgonzola cheese and homemade champagne vinaigrette.

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