Italian Triple D in the OC – Mama Cozza’s – Anaheim

Soon there will be two Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in the OC. We already visited Paul’s Coffee Shop sometime back and that has become one of my favorite breakfast stops. Now it was time to finally check out Mama Cozza’s in Anaheim. Neither of these have yet been show cased on the show but from what we hear it should be within the next month or so. If you were wondering how we found out about these upcoming episodes head over to If you are into Triple Ds then this site is your friend.

From what we heard from our server, the host of Triple D Guy Fieri has been back since the taping to bring his family. If you watch the show you know that is because he really likes it.

Mama Cozza’s is an old style Italian restaurant that is getting ready to celebrate their 45th anniversary next month. It is a little darker on the inside unlike the new style bright and airy places that are found everywhere. It was relaxing and we did not feel rushed.

We ordered their fried calamari as a starter. The calamari was nice and crispy. Good sized helping like everything they serve. It came with a side of Mama’s red sauce that is one of the better tomato sauces I have had from a restaurant. I like my recipe more but this was really good.

Fried Calamari with Mama’s Sauce

Turns out both times Guy visited Mama Cozza’s he ordered their Linguini Domery. Picture a bed of linguini, clams, sausage and a red sauce. It was very fresh and had a ton of flavor. The chewiness of the clams along with the meatiness of the sausage were a perfect combination. I now know why he ordered it twice.

Linguini Domery

My dinner came with a Caesar salad and an egg flower noodle soup with spinach and chicken. The Caesar was nice and stinky because you have the option of having anchovies. Not just on top but we noticed them in the dressing as well. That is a very nice touch. Very few places do that anymore.

Caesar Salad with Anchovies

Egg Flower Noodle Soup with Spinach and Chicken

My wife Kim ordered the Eggplant Parmesan. Their Eggplant Parmesan is prepared like lasagna with lots of layers of breaded eggplant, mozzarella cheese and sauce. It had a fresh homemade taste that could convert non-eggplant lovers. I am sure she would order this one again.

Eggplant Parmesan

When we were done with our meal we were asked if we would like some complementary Anisette.   It is flavored liquor that tastes like black licorice.  Now that was a nice touch.  Nothing like a little after dinner liquor to finish off a great meal.


Next time we go I want to save some room for dessert. There was what looked like a nice long list of delicious treats. They do big portions so make sure you plan accordingly. The service was very good. We enjoyed our dinner and will visit them again.

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3 thoughts on “Italian Triple D in the OC – Mama Cozza’s – Anaheim

  1. Mama Cozza's is my favorite restaurant due to their amazing food and friendly service. I am never disappointed. The dessert is definitely worth a return trip. I recommend the home-made tiramisu!

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