One of the first Italian restaurants in the Eastern Suburbs, Mamma Teresa was established in the mid-1960s. Over 40 years later with the same name and in the same spot it’s been a place in the local community where customers have dined at, time and time again; birthdays, a first date, an engagement, celebrated their marriage and subsequent anniversaries. It’s like family, it’s always there.
One thing that has changed though is ownership of the business. In 2016 Kian, a native of Sweden, made his home in Australia and searched for a restaurant that ticked all the boxes, Mamma Teresa was it. The appeal was the history of the establishment that was ingrained in the local community and the restaurant space which was large enough to also cater for functions.
Wanting the restaurant’s menu offerings to be even more authentic for the customer, Kian searched for, and employed an Italian chef, ‘our previous menu wasn’t really 100% Italian but with his help we have greatly updated and improved on it.’
‘I go to the markets every week at about 4.30am to buy fresh produce,’ he said ‘the chef then uses it to create his special sauces whether it’s for the pasta, pizza or barbeque octopus on the popular seafood platter dish we serve.’
From meatballs in special bolognaise sauce to the rich creamy lasagne, customers keep coming back from more. The Supreme pizza is the most popular. ‘Our pizzas are basically 13 inches and 15 inches,’ said Kian ‘most places sell the 10 inches as a large but ours is 13 inches. It’s really big.’
To cater for the local university population there are various student specials which are regularly updated as well as a new menu that’s been introduced. In addition, the restaurant can cater for large functions and take bookings throughout the year.
Oh and don’t forget the dessert, Kian’s recommendation ‘the tiramisu, it’s the ultimate Italian sweet temptation, enjoy!’