Mama Mia's in Mequon moving to Germantown

By Gary Achterberg

Jan. 16, 2019

MEQUON — Jude Barbiere’s Mama Mia’s, which has been located for more than six years in Mequon, is moving to Germantown.

The restaurant in the small shopping center on the northwest corner of Mequon and Wauwatosa roads will close Jan. 27, manager Dominic Spraggins confirmed Monday.

The restaurant will reopen Feb. 4 in the Germantown Marketplace, a shopping center at N112-W16344 W. Mequon Road, he added.

He said the move is being made because there will be more space at the new location.

The Mequon restaurant opened in October 2012 in the former Fila Bene site, 7602 W. Mequon Road. At the time, there was a second location operated by Jude Barbiere, a Mequon resident, on Highway 32 in Port Washington.

The restaurant has been known for a menu of Italian favorites that went beyond pizza with pizza dough and a signature sauce that were made on-site.

“We want to make this a family place where you can eat some pizza, have some fun and slow down enough to have a conversation with your kids,” Barbiere said shortly before the restaurant opened. “There’s nothing we don’t make right at the restaurant.”

Mama Mia’s has been a well-known part of the Milwaukee- area restaurant scene for decades. Mama Mia’s was founded by Jude Barbiere’s father, Tony. He operated a now-closed restaurant for years on North Avenue in Milwaukee.