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Old-School Italian Restaurant Mama D’s Secures New Location in Hermosa Beach

Mama D’s Hermosa starts cooking on March 1

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

When a longstanding Southern California restaurant closes, it’s rare to see it reopen. So it’s good news to hear that Mama D’s Italian Kitchen will resume cooking old-school favorites in Hermosa Beach on March 1, after closing its 28-year-old Manhattan Beach location last October.

Owner Chris Davidson still operates two other locations in Redondo and Newport Beach. According to The Beach Reporter, the landlord raised his Manhattan Beach rent by double, forcing him to close the restaurant.

Mama D’s Hermosa will fall under the category of a rapid turnover, as the shuttered Fabio’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant was operating as late as December. The new location is slightly smaller than the Manhattan Beach branch, but with the March 1 date looming, that leaves little time to prepare and start churning out classic bolognese and chicken cacciatore from the kitchen.

This isn’t the only good news for old-school restaurants in the last six months. The future of 72-year-old Apple Pan was secured after Shelli and Irving Azoff bought it on Monday. The Azoff’s promise to preserve its legacy by changing nothing, save a few things. And the Ostrich Farm team pumped new life into the nearly 61-year-old Brite Spot last fall.

Mama D’s Hermosa Beach. 2514 Pacific Coast Highway