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Food truck turned pizza joint brings New York vibes to Port Moody

Mama Said Pizza Pizza Co. is opening a restaurant near Brewer's Row in Port Moody this Friday.

Popular food truck business Mama Said Pizza Co., is opening its first brick-and-mortar location near Port Moody's Brewers Row.

Located at 3135 Murray St., guests can start grabbing a slice or two of Brooklyn-style pizza with a pint starting this Friday (April 21). 

Customers who visit Mama Said Pizza Co. will find comfortable seating and a New York-inspired sports-bar vibe with industrial aesthetics.

The 1,100 sq-ft. space was designed by Amber Johnson of Establishment Interior Design and features 28 seats, including several red banquet booths.

Cody Allmin, co-founder of Boxset Collective, who co-founded Port Moody’s Twin Sails Brewing with his brother Clay, said he’s looking forward to watching the neighbourhood come together over beer and pizza.

As well, he's looking forward to introducing new tastes and flavours.

"What's great about the new place is we can start experimenting with more dishes and drinks that complement our favourite pizzas. [Chef] Vanessa is super creative in the kitchen, and there is a lot to look forward to."

Mama Said pizzas are known for big slices, and a hot honey on crust option.

Pizzas are made in the Brooklyn-style, a cross between New York and Neapolitan, where the crust has spotting like a Neapolitan pizza, but is crispy and chewy like ones found in New York. 

The restaurant will have all of the truck's favourites, such as:

  • Pine and Swing = tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, bacon, caramelized pineapple, and grana padano
  • Hugh Fungus = white sauce, mozzarella, mushroom, caramelized onion, braised fennel, grana padano, and arugula
  • The Mama = tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, prosciutto, pesto, arugula, grana padano, and honey sesame crust

New additions to the menu include:

  • Day Walker = black garlic sauce, mushroom, caramelized onion, olive tapenade, grana padano, and fennel fronds
  • Bianco = white sauce, mozzarella, toasted rosemary, and hot honey
  • Papa Roni = tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni (roni cups upgrade available), fennel seed, and grana padano

Mama Said tells the Tri-City News that guests can order from a few select sides, such as salads, Mama's Bread, meatballs, and desserts. 

Chef Vanessa Casilla said she’s looking forward to the expanded offerings and bringing the popular Mama Said food-truck flavours to a sit-down restaurant.

"Sharing great food with people is my passion, and it’ll be amazing to have customers be able to stay with us, enjoy their meal, and have a little drink," said Casilla, who is co-owner at Mama Said Pizza Co.

"We can now create even more new items on the menu, but still retain our playfulness at the same time, but with a larger team. We're known for doing our own takes on familiar flavours, like our limited-edition taco pizza, Porque no Los Dos, or eggs with The Morning After. Expect more of that!"

Guests can pair their pizzas, appetizers, desserts with a variety of drinks, including a rotating selection of beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic options by Boxset Collective's beverage director, Joe Casson, and a robust wine list by Boxset Collective's wine director and Michelin Guide Vancouver's Sommelier of the Year, Jayton Paul. 

Although Mama Said Pizza Co. has now moved into a brick-and-mortar location, the truck will live on, with a new menu coming in late spring. 

At launch, Mama Said Pizza Co., will be open from noon to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to midnight on weekends.

There will be first-come, first-serve seating to start. Takeaways can be ordered through their website for pick-up or directly at the restaurant, with delivery available through UberEats.