Say, 15 years ago, if someone would have said, “You will be sliding through the streets of Coyoacan, with a friend from Argentina, on your way to the BEST pizza joint in Mexico, and yeah, it will be on a scooter…” I would have said, “Um, what are you smoking?” Yet, there I was.
You just happen to catch the before rain scent of the air and you know anywhere you go will be magic. “This is the BEST pizza in Mexico!” and of course, just like that, between a challenge and a brag, I knew what was going to happen. Yet, whisking through the spaces that seemed only large enough for a small piece of paper (VERY SMALL), we were bumping, rolling, and sliding past traffic with ease and taking in the way Mexico looked from the back of my friend Andre’s scooter. I realized how efficient his company, Walking Dog, was with the transportation and getting around Mexico so quickly with the scooters his company has. Traveling by foot is completely different than by vehicle and seeing and feeling Mexico from a scooter is even more different and completely exhilarating.
I instantly was brought back to my seven year old self, being on the back of a motorcycle, (be it a Triumph, a Harley, Indian), my Dad was quite a collector!, and that freedom of air, catching your breath over small jumps, and just feeling Alive, it was great to have a good recollection of those days and here a lifetime later, reliving them.
Before I realized it, (used to how long it takes via car) – we were HERE! Mama’s Pizza, and I was sucked in before I even realized it.
Was it the fact that Pink Floyd’s The Wall
was all over literally, one wall?
Or the fact that a huge pinup of Marilyn Monroe was exhibited on the second floor?
Or maybe that the drawings by the customers had been posted on the walls for customers to see? Or that the restaurants provided crayons and paper for you to create your own? It might have been the 80’s music and videos
playing constantly, but honestly….when you see the at least four inch pizza,
and a potato that covers the whole plate –
Where am I? Chicago? Literally, I can’t say I can refute this being the best pizza in Mexico , Hola Mama Rumba and Mama Mia combined, this was ABSOLUTE a ecstasy in eating!
Looking over the balcony (ironically, looking at California Pizza),
while the nightly rain began and taking in the buzz of a weekend crowd, the meal, the music, the things to laugh about, the FOOD, everything, made you realize how lucky you were to be in Mexico. For a restaurant to be able to do that for an evening, you will remember it hands down. Finding out this establishment has been around for 30 years is no surprise, you will know this from just the tasting of the food. Having a garage for the public is needed because as we left,it was PACKED, and it seemed these lucky individuals knew the secret as well of where to get one of the best pizza’s, next to Chicago, here in Mexico.
Taking food home was a no brainer, and believe it or not no way no how room for dessert, BUT, Andres plodded on with dessert. Note, if you like cheesecake, get the Flan, because it tastes like cheesecake, which I prefer, so I was good, Andres, was NOT. Literally, the next day, I had a full meal with the leftover potato (King Kong size) and “flan” cheesecake, so it was amazing! But the also in the freshness of the air, the coolness of an after rain evening, Walking Dog’s Andres that was accommodating to show some of the best Mexico had to offer life is good. Andres by the way, is meticulous about the care of your canines when you are around and when you are not. Aside from leading me through the prices of replacing a lost debit card, walking your dogs and treating them like family, to replacing items in my apartment, to a host of other items, you can tell how reliable someone is from their friendship, and you can tell this right away in his genuine nature. Add to that he is an artist Aside from this hysterical photo he whipped up with mediocre crayons!
…that will be exhibiting his work soon (stay tuned for details!) – you have an all around eclectic individual that is simply talented and amazing. We are lucky to have him as part of our Mexican experience, adding Argentina as a huge fact of what makes experiences so rewarding.
Is it possible to top the perfectness and enjoyment with friends, weather, scenery, and atmosphere after a night at Mama’s? I am sure it is possible, but it will be a hard choice to be able to forget the experience you will have thanks to the food.
P.S. My picture was desperate at best so good thing Andres’ and the food was KILLER!
Harry, your writing is fascinating!