Chew on this: Two Mamas' Italian dishes are prepared from the heart
PRESCOTT - Cindy Weaver and Denise Edmonson have made some menu changes since they and their husbands bought Mama Eddas Gourmet Pizza in March 2012 and renamed it Two Mamas' Gourmet Pizzeria.
Weaver came up with another idea for the menu while she and Edmonson met Monday with a reporter: a sausage dog.
"Because our sausage is so delicious," Weaver said.
Weaver said she sought to make the entrees more "authentic" Italian.
"We fixed a few of the sandwiches," Weaver said. "We changed the meatballs to make them more authentic, and we added the desserts."
Weaver continued, "We now make a different pasta sauce. It's delicious."
Edmonson interjected, "It is not out of the can."
Weaver explained, "We changed the (pasta) sauce just a tad. We added a little bit of a spice to it."
The pizza sauce simmers for five hours, Weaver said.
They also use flour imported from Italy, Weaver said.
Weaver said she and Edmonson opened Two Mamas' because owning a restaurant has always been a dream for her.
"I like creating good food and feeding people," she said. "I love being in the dining room, talking to the customers."
Edmonson said, "That is probably my favorite thing, too."
Edmonson had no previous restaurant experience, and went into business with Weaver after retiring from a 28-year career in escrow and title insurance field.
By contrast, Weaver said she owned an airport restaurant for two years during her 20s in Honesdale, Pa. She parted ways because she had to move to accommodate a promotion for her then-husband.
Weaver said she has primary responsibilities in the kitchen.
Edmonson said she does "some" cooking but is primarily responsible for the bookkeeping.
Since opening, Two Mamas' has built up a local following, and has picked up some tourist traffic thanks to its downtown location.
"We also do a lot of office parties during lunch," Weaver said.
Two Mamas' delivers orders as far away at the StoneRidge subdivision in Prescott Valley.
The eventual goal for the two women would be to expand by opening pizzerias in Prescott Valley and possibly Chino Valley, Edmonson said.
The menu at Two Mamas' remains the same for lunch and dinner.
However, lunch specials stay the same while dinner specials change regularly.
The three lunch specials range in price from $6 for two slices of pizza with a medium soft drink to $7.95 for a submarine with a medium drink.
Appetizers range in price from $2.95 for a half pound of seasoned potato wedges and garlic bread to $17.75 for two-dozen chicken wings.
Salads are $4.45 for individual sizes, $6.45 for small and $8.45 for large. They include garden, Greek, Caesar and antipasto.
Pizzas range in size from 10 to 16 inches and start at $12.50 for a small, thin-crust super supreme. The 16-inch, deep-dish goomba pizza is the most costly at $28 and includes pepperoni, ham salami, Italian sausage, bacon and ground beef.
Two Mamas' also offers a submarine sandwiches, some pasta dishes and desserts.
Pizzas are the most popular entrees, with Weaver crediting the dough.
Edmonson said, "There is a science to it, the yeast, the temperature of the water."