MAFIAoZA’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub: You’re Gonna Love It … OR ELSE – Nashville’s 12South District

June 6, 2008 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

When you sit down to open your MAFIAoZA’s menu, you are welcomed with the following greeting:

Welcome to MAFIAoZA’S and welcome to “The Family“. Please make yourselves at home and let us know if you have any special requests. We make all of our food from scratch, so fugetaboutit. Please let your server know if you have any food allergies and we’ll be accommodating to the best of our ability. Remember, you’re one of The Family now!

And the Italian mafia theme does not stop there. Keep reading, and you’ll find an appetizer called Chicken DOA and pastas with names like The Mark, The Enforcer, Ol’ Blue Eyes, and The Tuscan Kiss. For the most part, it’s all traditional Italian fare, from the bruschette and ravioli sticks to the tiramisu and gelato. Other than the kitschy names, however, I can’t tell you much about the pastas and entrees. Our little group of six came to MAFIAoZA’s for the beer and pizza.

At MAFIAoZA’s, the beer is served in Mason jars. And in their own words, the “Pizza Pies are made with the blessing of The Don himself. We make the ingredients from scratch here at MAFIAoZA’s.” Continuing with the mafia theme, the New York style pizza pies are aptly named: The Associate, The Last Request, The Fall Guy, The Irate Italian, The Greek, The Scarface, The Fed, The Long Vacation, The Teamster, Brother Fredo, The Informant, The Dolan, and Brass Knuckles Pizza. The pizza is cooked in stone ovens, visible from the dining area, and offers some atypical ingredients – artichoke, shrimp, blue cheese, BBQ chicken, scallops, meatballs, eggplant, capicolla ham, sun dried tomato, and portobello mushrooms.

We decided on The Long Vacation (For the few who might have to get away: pineapple, ham, and mozzarella cheese) and The Scarface (You are gonna love our little friend! capicolla ham, salami, pepperoni, and Italian sausage). The pizza was decent, not the best I’ve ever had, but better than your average pizza delivery joint. For an appetizer, we had the bruschette, pretty good. Then there was tiramisu for dessert, which was a little too soggy for my taste, but still all right.

MAFIAoZA’s offers an extensive wine list and an assortment of beers and spirits. It’s a nice spot for a post-workday happy hour with both an indoor and an outdoor bar. There is also a large outdoor patio for those interested in enjoying nice weather and outdoor scenery. Specials include Two For One Tuesday (2 for 1 drinks and beer, all day and night, and 2 for 1 pizza slices until 9PM.) Happy Hour is Wednesday-Friday 4pm-7pm. Catering is also available.

What makes MAFIAoZA’s fun is the atmosphere. It’s a great place to meet up with friends, especially if you are able to make reservations for the pimptastic mafia table. I would recommend MAFIAoZA’s for anyone wanting a place to hang out and have fun. It is low-key and (for the most part) family friendly. But you would still fit in if you came “dressed to kill” (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). I would not recommend MAFIAoZA’s to anyone who thinks the mafia theme is passé or who is offended by Italian American stereotyping a la The Sopranos. I will admit that as a word nerd, I was entertained by the mafia-themed wordplay. However, to some, it becomes real old, real fast.

Must have items: Well, their specialty is pizza, and my suggestion is The Scarface, but I recommend it more because I like the name, rather than for its intrinsic value. I’ve also heard good things about The Mark.

Could have done without it: Tiramisu – I’ve had better, homemade

What makes it special: If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

Know before you go: Two-for-one slices, drinks and beer are offered all day on Tuesdays, and two-for-one drafts are all day on Sundays.

Parking: There is a parking lot.

Price: $$

Web site:

Address: 2400 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

Phone: (615) 269-4646

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 4pm-3am; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3am


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