Mamma Rosa Restaurant 30th Anniversary
We opened up 30 years ago on April 8, 1984. I (James) was in grade 11, and we were located at 1961 Harvey ave. Our first year and a half was strictly takeout, fresh pasta and sauce sales, and homemade ice cream. We later added 9 tables (from customer requests) and created a menu , basically it was Italian meals my mom cooked for us growing up. My Mom was a stay at home Mom before we opened Mamma Rosa and never worked in a restaurant before (she was a hair dresser in Italy).
My dad Giacomo was a welder his whole life since the age of 11, and never worked a day in the hospitality or restaurant business before we opened Mamma Rosa. There were a lot of growing pains in the early years, but we received some much needed help, and input from customers and friends (such as Dave Coombs ). We later moved to our current location, downtown 561 Lawrence Ave in 1993.
I bought the restaurant from my parents in 1995 when I decided to take over our family business.My father Giacomo was extremely proud that he was able to immigrate to Canada, open his own business, be his own boss and leave a legacy for his children.With a lot of hard work and dedication we have been successful for 30 years!
Please join us Tuesday April 8, 2014 thru Sunday April 13, 2014 to celebrate this milestone!! We are offering focaccia samples to our customers and Annegrets chocolates (The best chocolates in Kelowna). For the month of April all Tiramisu sales will be donated to the KGH foundation in my father’s name. In the past 11 years we have raised almost $150,000 for KGH and CLF.
We would like to thank all our loyal customers for their support and friendship we have shared the last 30 years! With much gratitude from James, Railene, and Rosa Anfuso and all the staff at Mamma Rosa’s Authentic Italian Restaurant.