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Mama Sanninos

5800 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80212, US

(303) 420-4756


Open today

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

About Us

Mama Sannino's History



After they arrived here in the mid-1950s, the Sannino Family opened a series of now-defunct pizzerias, including Jim's Pizzeria on Tejon, Paisan's Pizzeria on Colfax and Jim Sannino's Pizzeria on University. Young Jimmy got his first taste of the restaurant business at Jim Sannino's, but his father soon sold the spot in order to start another venture. In 1964, the Sannino family opened 3 Sons, an Italian restaurant in north Denver that was named for Jimmy and his two brothers, Tony and John, who also use the last name Sannino.

The family ran that restaurant for forty years, then finally sold the by-now-iconic 3 Sons in 2004. 3 Sons didn't last long under the new owners in its original location, which today is home to Ernie's; instead, they moved both the 3 Sons name and concept to Arvada. Meanwhile, Tony and John got out of the business for good, pursuing careers in real estate and antiques.

But Jimmy Sannino decided to keep the legacy alive, taking the original Sannino family recipes — "my brothers tweaked them in the later years at 3 Sons," he explains — and using them when he opened his own restaurant with his wife, Karen. From the start, they set out to create a neighborhood restaurant. "We've become a community gathering place," he says. "I like to call it an Italian Cheers!"

Mama's is a comfortable, relaxing and family oriented restaurant.  The atmosphere is humble and inviting and is a place you will love to visit.


We have been nominated for Best Food in Denver. Our portions are hearty, so you will never leave hungry.   


Come in today and be treated like one of the famiglia! 




Mama Sannino's Restaurant was proud to be featured in the Westword in early December 2011. 

We were honored as part of the "Best of 2011."

On Yelp, we carry a 4.5 star review, here's what people are saying!


You feel like family every time you walk through the door.
The food is 5 star no matter what you order. There staff is outstanding. The service is excellent.
The best steak in the metro area hands down.
John J.P. and Linda Berry best restaurants

On Yelp, we carry a 4.5 star review, here's what people are saying!


"Fantastic food and very pleasant staff.  I've known the Sannino's for years from Three Sons and followed them to this location.  Great little "hole in the wall" location with great decor and a very homey feel. Chef and owner Jimmy is a great guy and a wonderful cook - stop in and say hello to him and he'll be glad to chat with you!"  
- Michelle A. best restaurants