Los Angeles, CA – Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria

Big Mama’s & Papa’s is noted for (an empty claim) of the world’s largest pizza, a 36 incher they sell on their regular menu. Geez, I’d love to go for that, at least for the photo op. But what would I do with it then? Their description says it is cut into 50 slices. Here, tonight, I am four slices into a 13″ medium, and can’t go on.

Back in the day, I’ll bet I could have made a sizable dent in the 3 footer.

M&P’s have numerous locations in Southern California, “each location individually owned and operated” according to the sign on the Tarzana location I hit today. I went with the Meat Lover’s, pepperoni, salami, canadian bacon, mortadella, sausage and meatballs. Because that wasn’t enough salt, I had them add green olives. LOL.

Judging from the condiment packs in the box, (which has a ruler printed on it, to show the size), M&P’s is a loyal customer of Roma Distributing, arguably the country’s largest supplier to pizza shops.

When you open the box, you might have the opinion that this one’s gonna hurt the next day. Remains to be seen at this point, but the grease factor is definitely present, but not overwhelming.

M&P’s claims “only fresh ingredients” and who am I to argue? The toppings were ample, the cheese stretchy and gooey, and the “homemade red sauce” plenty appealing to my palate.

The sausage chunks were hand-pulled (a plus with me) and very flavorful. The mortadella added a nice new flavor to an all-meater.

The crust, altho a wee bit thicker than my usual preference, met the ‘crispy but chewy’ criteria, and had a butter flavor.

I’d go again. Big Mama’s and Papa’s delivers, but closes early (10PM) – at least the Tarzana location does.


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