I thought Mother’s Day would be a good time to post an update on long-gone Santa Barbara icon Mom’s Italian Village, 421 E. Cota Street that began serving local diners in the 1930’s. Even though the building was demolished and replaced I recently noticed that the name “Mom’s” is permanently etched into the new building (see photo below). On a related topic, the other day I was talking to local real estate owner Frank Nam who tells me he purchased the main bar at Mom’s just before it was to be destroyed and recently installed it in Sama Sama Kitchen, 1208 State Street, the former home of East restaurant. If you want to touch a piece of Santa Barbara history stop by for a drink at Sama Sama.


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8 Responses to MOM’S UPDATE

  1. a p c says:

    I live right over there and always kinda wondered about the ‘MOMS’ thing.

  2. Peter Zimmer says:

    My parents often enjoyed Mom’s Veal Pamesian …30 some
    years ago….also their minestrone soup was renown…..a great
    local eighborhood restaurant….like Jill’s……much appreciate
    and greatly missed…..

  3. Hughfield Howell says:

    My friend turn me on to mom,s in the mid 80,s. I was famished one day decided to go to Mom, we live in LA. I ordered the lasagna, it was the best. We ate there on other occasions. We were very disappointed on Mom,s closing.Any suggestions.

  4. Tim says:

    Thanks for the update! We were hoping to take a stroll down memory lane on our recent trip to Santa Barbara. We had our rehearsal dinner at “Mom’s” forty years ago on August 6th, 1976!! Great food and really fun memories. Sorry to see it gone!

  5. Rob says:

    When I was a child a long time ago I would take my current girl friend to Mon’s to impress her, and for an excellent meal. Although we were only 15-16 years old, Mom would allow us a glass of wine with our meals What more could one ask for!

    Bob Page, Class of 57.

  6. Lillian Kwasny-Stevens says:

    Many happy memories of dining with parents and friends at Mom’s in the Fifties and later. Weren’t there lovely murals of Italian scenes on the walls as well? Food was wonderful and the atmosphere genuine.

  7. My wife and I enjoyed our meals at Mom’s in November 1977. I was on a training course for a week and our hotel was close by, within walking distance. What great italian food and wine. During our week’s stay I tried the Chicken a la Cacciatora, Veal Scaloppine & Veal Parmigiano. My wife enjoying the fantastic Jumbo fried shrimp and best baked italian cheese cake. We had planned on returning to California and Santa Barbara this past Fall, but with the fire and floods, decided not too. Great food and fond memories. Sorry to see that it has been demolished. I hope the new restaurant is as good as the old one.
    Eddie & Pearl Domienik, OakBank, Manitoba, Canada.

  8. Barry Kurland says:

    I often ate there while a student at UCSB from 1965-70. Mom’s son was there as a waiter, probably also managed. Mom may have been there too. It was rumored that the Italian POWs were taken to Mom’s for dinner, but I can’t verify that! In any case, that wonderful place is what memories are made of.

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