LOOKING for: mamma mia's (west allis wi) homemade garlic bread

azstoneconsultingJanuary 2, 2009

Hello All, and Happy New Year!!!

My wife and I grew up in Milwaukee/West Allis/New Berlin Wisconsin and

lived there until moving out here to Arizona in 1992.

One of the most enjoyable things we had in Wisconsin (West Allis in particular)

was the ability to visit Mamma Mia's at 8533 West Greenfield Avenue in West Allis,

and enjoy their world famous Garlic Bread - made fresh for every order!

Being permanent residents of Phoenix Arizona now - for the last 16 years, we

no longer are able to go back to West Allis for Mamma Mia's at any given time

of the year, hence my desperate plea:


NOBODY out here in Arizona can make it the way Mamma Mia's can, and even

though I am on my New Year's Diet - I STILL HAVE A 16 YEAR LONG CRAVING

for Mamma Mia's Garlic Bread!!!!! :(

Trust me on this -

YOU HAVE'NT L I V E D........



Thanks in advance..........


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Sounds like it would be worth a trip to West Allis! Sorry I cannot help you, but I will share another killer recipe for garlic bread. This was a winner in the Gilroy Garlic Festival some years ago and it is a real winner in my house.


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temp
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon (generous) dried oregano, crumbled
1 1-pound loaf French bread, halved lengthwise

Thoroughly combine first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Refrigerate. Bring to room temp before continuing.)

Preheat oven to 375*. Spread garlic butter on cut side of bread, wrap each half in foil. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Refrigerate.) Place bread on baking sheet cut side up. Bake 20 minutes. Remove foil from bread.

Preheat broiler. Broil cut side up until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 4:00PM
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Thanks for your response - But the Garlic bread at Mamma Mia's in
West Allis is made from scratch every time! they bake these little loaves
while you wait... Honestly - Trust me -IF I could go back more often, I would JUST
to visit Mamma Mia's - but I am way out west here in Phoenix, AZ
and the Italian Places that I have tried do not measure up - maybe there
IS one that comes close, but if it exists - I have not been there yet... :(

The Mamma Mia Garlic Bread loaves are aprox. 3" wide by 10" long by 4" tall,
and they are served to you "swimming" in a puddle of garlic/butter..
they are crispy crunchy on the outside, and soft and chewy in the inside
(not at ALL what I should be eating when I am trying to loose weight).....
I am getting hungry just describing them to you!!!

Once you have had Mamma Mia's Garlic Bread - you won't want ANYONE ELSES'S!!!!!!
Their Pizza and Antipasto Salads are to die for too!!!
Since we moved to Arizona in 1992, I have been back to Milwaukee two times,
and on each visit, I brought back MULTIPLE Pizzas and
and over a dozen orders of Garlic Bread - as "carry-on" stuff
on the plane - it all barley made it off of the plane!!!
Everyone was asking for a little taste of "that stuff the smelled

THIS is why I want to get the recipe - I can't always be running to Milwaukee
to pick up a carry put order from Mamma Mia's!!!!!!! So I want to try to
at least make some every now and then for my family and friends!!!!

Thanks again


    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 10:13AM
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Well, goggle says that it is "Mama Mia's" and others rave about their garlic bread, too. I would hazard a guess that they may use frozen food service bread in loaves that size, bake it up fresh during the day, then slather on the melted butter ("100% butter") mixed with minced fresh garlic. I did several searches, but no recipe for this bread. You could contact the restaurant and ask for help, but I don't expect they will reveal this trademarked recipe to you. :o(

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 1:33PM
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    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 11:07AM
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I know what you mean. Mama Mia's is great. Believe it or not, there are some knock offs in the Milwaukee area that already have the same garlic bread...
Here are the places I found. You may be able to contact them to see if they know of a place by you.

Capri Pizza Restaurant
8340 W Beloit Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53219
(414) 543-5510ý

Leah's Italian Catering
1303 West Edgerton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53221
(414) 281-0556ý


Mario's Natural Roman Pizza (The bread here is even larger and I think a little better...)
225 Bay View Rd
Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-3661ý

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 11:24PM
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Maybe you could get them to ship it to you overnight? I've done that with Maine lobster (ordered from my favorite fish market up there) and for a price, they were willing to pack in freezer packs and styrofoam and ship the live lobsters. I would think bread would be even easier....

Call them and ask!


    Bookmark   March 22, 2009 at 11:12AM
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Here's the link to their website. Bread looks like normal Italian bread so the flavor you're looking for must be in the butter garlic sauce.

Here is a link that might be useful: picture of mamma mia's garlic bread

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 8:30PM
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Well, looking at the photo, it appears that the slices have been loaded with garlic butter and oregano and placed under the broiler again for cripsing.

Sounds good to me.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2009 at 11:06PM
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Well, never had their garlic bread but . . .

America's test kitchen has a pretty good recipe. They said the trick is to grate the garlic (5 cloves), so it is very fine, no discernable pieces in it (a press doesn't make it fine enough). Then, take the garlic and a little water and saute at very low heat for a few min, then add 1 T butter to the pan and cook for about 10 min., still at the low heat. Add 7 more T butter, 1/4 t salt and 1/4 t pepper. spread over whole loaf of french bread (halved long way). Put halves back together, wrap in foil and put in 400 degree oven for 15 min. Remove from oven, unwrap, un-halve. Leave open on foil and put back in oven for 10 min to crisp up a bit. Take out of oven add 1/2 c grated parmaesan cheese and broil til lightly browned.

This was good, but next time I'll skip the cheese and added some oregano back in the garlic/butter melting step.

The flavor is different, lighter, somehow. It's a great way to use up some stale bread,

    Bookmark   April 25, 2009 at 4:04PM
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If you've never had Mamma Mia's Original Garlic Bread... you just haven't LIVED!

I am on a world tour right now for my business.. Currently writing this
posting from Pitesti Romania. In the last three weeks, I've been to LA, London
England, Frankfurt Germany, Addiss Abbaba Eithiopia, Sana'a Yemen, and now
Romania. I went to the best pizza place here in Pitesti last night to try (what I
was told) was the "best" garlic bread in Romania... well... it was good....

but it was NOT Mamma Mia's by any stretch of the imagination :-(

I'll keep looking for it, but my gut tells me that all roads point BACK to
West Allis Wisconsin - On Greenfield Avenue west of 84th Street -
actually, if my memory serves me right, Mamma Mia's is located on
the South East corner of 85th Street and Greenfield Avenue.

Anyways... I'll keep hoping that SOMEONE will chime in with the recipe!!!!


    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 4:35AM
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Arizona lady....
I've had it, and have traveled 6 hours to get it...and it's taken me 40 years, but I have mastered the taste and texture...
I was there for a pick up one day, they recycle their cut's off their crusts, and roll them into loaves of which they re-rise.
I found this pizza dough recipe while I worked for a pizza place in Marshfield wi, in a pizza magazine...It took many of us to cut the recipe down to this...

Dough recipe...
3/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2-3 teaspoons gluten (found in most baking areas)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 (or one package yeast)

I mix the whole thing up and let it rise,
punch it down and rise again,
punch it down a 3rd time and divide into half
I roll into little logs about 2 inches wide and place in
length and place in a bread pan.
Butter the tops so they will split when pulled apart.
Let rise again. to the top of loaf pan
bake at about 375 for a glass pan till lightly golden brown,
Then brush with water for that crispy crust and bake until golden brown. Let them cool if you like. just heat and dip into lots of butter!
The gluten makes the dough stretchy and elastic....especially for flipping the dough and tossing
It also make the bread dough rise Up instead of like homemade bread.

Let me know if you try it!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 2:59PM
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    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 7:06PM
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    Bookmark   March 11, 2010 at 11:34PM
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Bump - ANYONE have THE Recipe from Mama Mia's in Milwaukee?


    Bookmark   November 7, 2010 at 9:24AM
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> If you've never had Mamma Mia's Original Garlic Bread... you just haven't LIVED!

I second that!
Although I prefer Capri's bread on 84th & Beloit ave, West Allis, Wi. Either place has the best Garlic bread I have every had. I've lived in California and other places looking for a good italian place but nothing comes close to Mama Mia's and Capri's. The owner of Capri's started out working for Mama Mia's so no surprise his food is as good or better. :-) There is also Leah's in muskego, the 13th & Edgerton location is gone.

Leah's Italian Restaurant
S63W13640 Janesville Road
Muskego, WI 53150
(414) 425-6161

I'm getting fat just thinking about all this good italian food. :-)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 4:32AM
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I'm originally from Milwaukee and grew up on Mama Mia's pizza when they had a place on Burleigh Ave. I left in 1982 but every time I come back, I'm off for their pizza and garlic bread. In fact, I've missed it so much, I did call them to see if I could get a few hints on what they do. Of course they know what they have and won't divulge much.

So I'm on a quest to figure this out. In fact I prepared some dough last night that could possibly be IT. I just took it out of the refrigerator and have to wait 2 hours before baking. Will let you know if I've found the Holy Grail of Garlic Fabulousity!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 12:24PM
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    Bookmark   November 26, 2011 at 11:50AM
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    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 12:00PM
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I know I'm 5 years late to the post, but I have had Mama Mia's garlic bread when I lived in Port Washington. The garlic bread with the pooling butter is a guilty pleasure of mine as well!

A friend of mine who used to work there said that they dunk the bread in a vat of melted garlic butter. This is probably why it drips butter! I don't recall the actual bread being anything too special, probably any bakery Italian bread would do - not the crusty artisan type bread.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2014 at 11:51AM
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preheat oven 350

one loaf italian bread, cut lengthwise
2 sticks butter, melted with fresh garlic and fresh (or dried) parsley. note: BUTTER
⢠Line cookie sheet with foil
⢠Place bread cut side up,
⢠pour butter mixture atop breads
⢠adjust foil up sides to cradle bread (do not cover bread)
⢠Bake 15 minutes.

Devour. Make sure you have another batch ready to go when this one comes out.

Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary.


    Bookmark   December 23, 2014 at 10:56PM
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