The Adventurers Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars (Average)
MaMa Mia’s Pizza Restaurant is in the heart of downtown Mackinaw City. They (naturally) specialize in pizza but also have a wide range of other entrees on the menu such as subs, sandwiches, and pasta. Their pizza is good albeit somewhat pricey (a medium pizza with 1 topping will run about $16) which is justified because it’s a tourist town after all. What sets it apart from any other pizza place is that it is also home to the Mackinaw Bridge Museum which is upstairs above the dining room.
When you enter the establishment you will be directed to a line at the ordering counter. You may be tempted to grab a seat but will notice that all empty tables are marked “reserved”. They have actually come up with a pretty good way of managing the crowds by assigning you a table only after you have ordered, or if it’s extremely busy, you may not get assigned your table until your food is ready. This ensures that those with food aren’t left standing while people without are hogging up all the tables.
While you’re waiting you are free to check out the Mackinaw Bridge Museum or play some of the many arcade games in the back. Penny Squisher Alert – yes they do, in fact, have a penny squishing machine but there’s nothing overly unique to choose from.
The museum itself is nothing very special: Mostly hard hats and assorted relics, some photos, and a gift shop that is surprisingly empty and void of …well any souvenirs at all. They do have a small theater that loops a movie about the bridge that is pretty interesting but typically your food is ready before you get to watch the show in it’s entirety. It’s not a must-see destination by any means, however, it does exactly what it’s intended to do… keep you occupied while your food is cooking.
Out of the three times we’ve traveled to Mackinaw together, we have gone to MaMa Mia’s twice: The first and third time, while the second time up we tried some other pizza place instead. Our decision to return boils down to this… pizza is almost always good no matter where you go… but would you rather sit around at a table thinking about how hungry you are and how long it is taking to get your food? Or would you rather go somewhere that gives you a little distraction to help pass the time? Mama Mia’s Pizza knows how to do one thing right and that’s handle to crazy flood of tourists, and that is why they have got a repeat customer in us.