Our Story

For 66 years Mamma’s Pizza™ reigns as Toronto’s favorite pizza.


Founded by Lidia Danesi, Mamma’s Pizza™ started as one of the very first Italian restaurants in Toronto known as the Monte Carlo Restaurant – Mamma’s Pizza™


Lidia grew up in a small village atop a mountain in the Tuscany region of Italy. She came to Canada, bringing Italian recipes passed on to her from her family. Lidia was often seen preparing pizza in the window. Customers were amazed with their first experience of biting into a fresh slice of pizza. They called her “Mamma, Queen of Pizza” and that is how Mamma’s Pizza™ was created.


Ever since, Mamma’s Pizza™ has been passed on to second and third generations. Today it is a successful brand with franchise locations across the GTA and continuing its growth across Ontario.


Mamma’s Pizza™ produces today, as we did back then, pizza dough made daily on the premises, along with fresh homemade sauces. Mamma’s Pizza™ offers customers a choice of two styles of pizza – the traditional Mamma’s Pizza™ and the Mamma’s Gourmet Pizza.


Mamma’s Pizza™ offers a choice of unique toppings and specialty cheeses such as goat, feta, ricotta, gorgonzola and our blended house cheese. We also offer pastas, bowls, salads and sandwiches.


Order In or Pick Up a ‘Mamma’s Pizza™’ just the way your neighbors across Toronto have since 1957.

Lidia Danesi

Mamma, Queen of Pizza