~ Our Story ~

The Tradition Continues On...

   Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurante was established in 1980 by Ernesto Mazzoni, in the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff, AZ. He named the restaurant after his mother, Luisa Mazzoni, who lived in Bari, a small fishing village in southern Italy. Ernesto started the restaurant in honor of his beloved mother. He wanted the finest quality food, wine, and ambiance hence Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurante was born.

   In 1981 Ernesto met Tony Martinez, a Kenpo Karate instructor. Ernesto learned the art of Kenpo from Tony, and Tony fell in love with Mamma’s food the first time he tasted it, especially the homemade bread.

   In 1982 Tony went to work at Mamma Luisa as a dishwasher, and fueled by his new found passion of Italian cuisine worked his way up to lead cook. Tony was afforded the opportunity to buy Mammas in 1984.

   Owning Mammas was a dream come true, and now 30 years later Tony and his family continue to maintain the high standards and traditions that Ernesto had created as a tribute to his mother from an Italian fishing village.