Mamma Zu

$ $
501 S Pine St (at Spring St.)
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 788-4205



  • Don't come for friendly servers or smiling faces. This is a serious eatery. Try the orechiette or eggplant parmigiana. Don't ask the waiters, you got foursquare so you must have a smartphone so wikipe
  • Well known for their Italian offering, Mama 'Zu is an Oregon Hill staple and theres always a line to prove just how much Richmonders love the food. Remember, they only accept cash or American Express!
  • It's like taking a garlic shower, but in the best way possible.
  • Such good food - and not the historically bad service rumored.
  • Get the sugar toads if they have them!!
  • Order the Soft Shells in season and always the arugula salad.
  • It is one of the best places in town for Italian food. It is a great place for a date or a gathering with company. Atmosphere is great and the food is out of this world!
  • Food was great, but the service really isn't great. Only menu is on the wall, so be sure to check it out while you're waiting for a seat in case you get seated far away from it.
  • Cash, Check...and AMERICAN EXPRESS?!
  • contrary to the OTHER mamma zu on foursquare, this is NOT A PIZZA PLACE DAMMIT
  • Best place ever, hands down! Great jukebox. Pizza as an app. Penne Carl is bang'n. Awesome bathroom graffiti. Bring cash...the only card they take is Amex.
  • Once we saw the exterior, then the interior, we almost left. Add a less than attentive server and we were even more skeptical. But thank goodness we decided to stay. GREAT, authentic Italian food!
  • Both ret Italian at its best. Squid beans and arugula as an app is a must. You cant miss on entrees but favorites are pork chops, osso bucco, orichetti
  • If you are an affectionado of great Italian food and enjoy a "down-home" no pretenses local restaurant, then Mamma Zu's deserves a 10!! The tattered decor must account for the 8.7 overall rating
  • There is no standard menu and no cocktail menu. (Order from chalkboard.) Get your own wine off the shelf. No credit cards accepted unless you have AmEx. Worth it.
  • Fantastic eggplant Parmesan and amazing tiramisu!
  • Love the penne Karl as a delicious vegan option
  • Foods great, bring cash, get there early.
  • Awesome food and atmosphere just a pain to jump through hoops to figure out their hours and finding a table
  • Carbonara and orecchiette are amazing. Best cannolis ever. Favorite place to have dinner on the planet.

Nearby places

3120 W Cary St (btwn S Auburn & S Belmont Ave)
421 E Franklin St (at N 5th St)
411 N Harrison St (btwn W. Franklin & Grace St.)