Best Italian Restaurant

Readers' Pick

Mamma ’Zu

501 S. Pine St.

Second Place: Edo’s Squid

Third Place: Deco

Before there was Mamma ’Zu, if you weren’t a college student at Virginia Commonwealth University, you’d probably never set foot in Oregon Hill. Once the restaurant opened, this working-class neighborhood suddenly saw Virginia governors, big-time food writers and even a celebrity or two parking by the cracked sidewalks and going through the swinging screen door to do some serious eating. Unabashedly Italian-American, Mamma ’Zu is awash in red sauce and redolent of garlic. Hit the place early — it’s been filling up every night for 23 years. Owner Ed Vasaio also is the co-owner, with Brad Wein, of second-place finisher Edo’s Squid. Taking over the first Stella’s space, this is the more seafood-driven and sophisticated version of Mamma ’Zu. Deco won an Elby Award for best new restaurant in 2013, and with an iron-railed patio, it’s the place to eat your pasta under the night sky.

More Categories

More Categories

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Food and Drink

Goods and Services


People and Places

Add a comment