Why iconic Mamma’s restaurant in Topping Street in Blackpool was reopened by former Mafia queen and Amazon Prime star Merisa Merico

The iconic Mamma’s Ristorante on Topping Street was established by Guiliano Giacomini in 1980 and has become a mainstay of the city’s food scene.

Today, after two years of closure, it is once again open to the public with new owners, renovated premises and a renewed menu.

Lee and Claire Martin first came on board in 2019, but when the Covid pandemic took hold in 2020 their plans were delayed.

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Marisa Merico (left) with Claire Martin at Mamas Ristorante

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However, they are now operational.

As part of the restaurant’s grand reopening this month, they have invited VIP guests, opera singer Iona – and Marisa Merico aka The Mafia Princess, the mother of Fylde’s coast who, in a past life, ran his father’s crime empire in Italy.

Marissa, 52, who is the subject of the new ten-part Amazon Prime series Bang Bang Baby, based on her life and those of those close to her, said she was delighted to be supporting the new restaurant business in Blackpool.

Opera singer Iona performed at the official relaunch of Mamas Ristorante in Blackpool

She attended the opening just hours after graduating from criminal psychology.

Lee said: “It’s an exciting new era for Mamma’s and I’m so grateful to Marisa for helping us launch it.

“Besides a total redesign of the premises, the restaurant focuses on a unique seasonal menu in town, with an emphasis on classic Italian cuisine with a modern approach.

“We make our own fresh pasta every day, to include dishes like lobster tortellini with clam broth and wild boar marsala ravioli with wild mushroom broth and black garlic.

Mamma’s Ristorante on Topping St has reopened after a big revival

“Naturally, the menu includes many fish, steak and chicken dishes.

“Our head chef Paul Cooper is a local lad, who has worked in kitchens nationwide and also studied at Blackpool & Fylde College from 1987.

“He leads a new team in the kitchen.

“Our approach to pizza is also very different and we also have vegan and vegetarian options available and we also have a children’s menu for toddlers.

“Mamma’s has always been an iconic restaurant in Blackpool and relaunching it is a dream come true for Claire and me.”

Mamma’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. each evening.

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