When life throws you a curveball, bat that sucker into oblivion and show it who’s boss! This seems to be an almost daily replay for us in the game of life and Mondays tend to have a consistent line up of aggressive pitchers ready to strike us out. Better luck next time, team “Adulting Sucks”!


Monday evening via Messenger

Gaby: You’re back! *big grinning emoji*

Trisha: So are you! YAY!!! *hug emoji* What time can you meet for dinner?

Gaby: You tell me. Still working right now. Where are we going?

Trisha: 6:30 works for me. Not sure where. Been “out of touch” for the past couple of weeks.

Gaby: Somewhere nearby. Mama Mia’s?

Trisha: YAAASS! Perfect!


That's right, after weeks of strenuous work, life commitments, and being separated for way TOO long. lol Monday was once again upon us and, try as we might, it was full of fight or flight situations that we had to face head on. We rarely, if ever, opt for the latter. Our last task of the evening was to get some delicious dinner into our hungry bellies. Well, when in doubt, eat local and dine out.

Mama Mia’s, established by Carl Analise, humble beginnings as a take out pizza pit began back in 1984. Since then, Mama Mia’s has been graciously serving up authentic, hearty and incredibly tasty Italian food to locals and RGV visitors.

FUN FACT: After migrating from Italy, the castle-like building now known as Mama Mia’s served its purpose as the Scalise family home.

We immediately fell in love with the warm, inviting atmosphere created at Mama Mia’s with it’s dim lighting and Italian themed decor. Our server was delightful and ready to provide us with menu item suggestions, which we are always appreciative of. Thanks to our long workdays and raging hunger, we were ready to dive into all that was being offered.

So, we started with a Spinach Artichoke Dip, a cup of Minestrone, and a House side salad (green leaf, Romaine lettuce, Spring greens, black olives, carrots, red onions, tomatoes, croutons). As you’ve correctly guessed, we didn't stop there.

Eventually we moved on to a personal sized Mia deep dish pizza topped with generous amounts of cheese and pepperoni, an Italian Beef (House Italian seasoned top round served on a gonnella roll with a side of giardiniera and au jus), along with a Nonna’s Meat Lasagna (layers of Italian sausage, meatballs and house cheese blend covered with house sauce) to finish us off. Our tummies were BEYOND grateful. wink

Just an FYI, there were three of us enjoying this family meal and we had zero regrets. Next time, we're going for gold and ordering at least one of the desserts: Cannoli, Brownie a la Mode, Tiramisu, and cheesecake.

Also, don’t forget to pair your meal with one of several cold brew options, a red or white wine, or even a glass of house made sangria.

Mama Mia Pizzeria is located on the corner of 1st Street and Old Business 83 at 100 US-83 Business, McAllen, Texas 78501. Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sunday from NOON-9:00 p.m. You can find their menu online at places.singleplatform.com or visit their website at mamamiapizzeriamcallentx.com. For additional information contact them at (956) 664-2671. Make sure to follow them on their social media platforms on FB and Instagram @mamamiapizzeria_mcallen.


Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at dishin.it.956@gmail.com