Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nuts About Knots

The Amazing Race is back! Woohoo!

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

We had dinner tonight with Little Monkey Niece and her parents at Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza. Mr. Monkey's father is in Taiwan, which means we didn't have to eat Asian food. Word.
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Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza is a small no-frills restaurant on busy Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. If it were bigger, it'd be the perfect place for little rugrats after a soccer game.
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But it's tiny. And hot inside.
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Luckily the food is quite nummilicious. Real New York-style pizza, it is not, but it's damn good for South Pasadena.

The Margherita (fresh mozzarella, basil, zesty margarita sauce, parmigiano, and extra virgin olive oil). Light and lovely.
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The White Pizza (fresh garlic and basil, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and olive oil). Loved this one. Ricotta = yum.
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Garlic knots (6 for $1.75). Amazing little nuggets of buttery garlicky joy.
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Manicotti in creamy pesto sauce ($8.49) stuffed with chicken, ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano, and Italian spices). So smooth and rich.
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Italian sub ($6.99) with ham, salami, mortadela, provolone, pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, Italian dressing, mayonnaise, and mustard. I didn't actually eat it, but it looked good.
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Baked penne pasta ($7.99) in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. Bubbly and cheesy and perfect for Little Monkey Niece.
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Gelato ($3.99). Left half hazelnut for me and right half lemonade for Mr. Monkey. A little on the icy side -- not so great.
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Little Monkey Niece was busy coloring until she found the wild berry gelato.
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Simple. Casual. Kid-tested. Monkey-approved.


  1. You can never go wrong with pizza + kids!

  2. I used to live right by this place and never tried it. I was rebelling because it used to be the location of my beloved KFC, which very sadly failed and moved out. But I guess I'm over my grudge and will have to try it soon. All's fair in love and good food.

  3. This post made me want to eat garlic knots ... really badly!


  4. oh, i've missed LMN pics!

    that margherita pizza. the gelato. the italian sub!

    i love places like this.

  5. Looks yummy. I would really like an Italian sub right now. You have now been officially added to my google reader. Woohoo for you.


  6. oh man that pizza looks delicious.

  7. methinks that LizzieB should post a recipe about garlic knots on her blog......

  8. I love this place. D and I go there at least once a week. the Brick Pizza and margherita is my fav.

    Hmmm, no wonder my pants have been tight lately.

  9. Oh my God - that pizza and knots look like they came from my favorite place in NYC on the upper east side when M lived there. I loved it. I haven't been to a place like that in OC yet, unfortunately.

  10. Those garlic knots could put me into a dream-like trance.

  11. All that carby goodness is making my tummy grumble!

  12. it's going to take a lot of self control for me to NOT stop for garlic knots tomorrow (en route to my pasadena meeting). a LOT of self control....

  13. I'll have the white pizza and garlic knots, please. :) Looks so good!

  14. i'm a sucker for pizza and this is on my way home.


  15. Oh, I am such a sucker for garlic knots. Have not found a good place since leaving Ithaca. I may have to try this place...


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