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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Claire B.
Escondido, CA

WOW where do I begin?? We came here for the first time a few weeks ago and I was blown away by how delicious everything was! I've been craving it and begging to go back ever since!This is truly a "mom and pop" Italian restaurant, complete with checkered tablecloths ...

Jan 5, 2017
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Cee J.

My parents and sister still go once a week!  When I visit from Hawaii I always join them - It's a must stop on my visit. Love the food & the staff!

Jan 5, 2017
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Kristi G.
Vista, CA

Mama's and Papa's is the best place in Vista for Italian food! The food is amazing and so are their servers! Especially the blonde ones!  The owners are like family.  It's a must!!

Dec 21, 2016

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