Mama 'n Papa's serves up the most authentic Italian food in North County

We do not accept online orders- please call.


SUN - THURS: 11am-9pm

FRI - SAT: 11am-10pm

Call Ahead Orders


Great for families and groups

Ask about our private room



Mama 'n Papa's Pizza Grotto is one of the oldest Italian restaurants in Vista, CA. Owner, Fred Mozzani, grew up working for the DePhilippis at Fillipi's Pizza Grotto in San Diego. While working at Fillipi's, Fred met his wife Lynn and decided to start his own business. The DePhilippis shared their recipes, menu and blessings. Since 1986 Mama ‘n Papa’s has been family owned, with three generations now managing daily operations. Mama 'n Papa's has become a Vista landmark, known for homemade Italian classics, an inviting atmosphere, and service that is second to none.

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Louise S.
Lakewood, WA

This is a wonderful place. Jason and Lynn are very friendly and attentive wait staff.The luncheon menus is so generous. How do they make any profit,? Ravioli and lasagna out of this world. And the meatballs are bigger than a Chicago Cubs baseball!Rockin  Robin from Seattle.

Jan 24, 2017
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Gail R.
Vista, CA

Love this place!  I've never had a bad meal here.  Some favs are their pizza and also their spaghetti and meatballs.  Meatballs are giant.  Love their house dressing that's on the antipasto salad.  I always take some home.

Jan 21, 2017

Catering Services

Let Mama 'n Papa's take care of your next private event in San Diego or Orange County. While you are making friends and memories, our full service catering packages will ensure every guest enjoys a delicious, authentic meal.

Events We Cater:

Corporate Functions
Holiday Parties
& Many other special occasions

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Contact Us


988 Civic Center Dr
Vista, CA 92083



988 Civic Center Dr
Vista, CA 92083
Directions | (760) 941-3900