By Destiny Brown
Now with locations on both sides of the beach, Mama Lotties Pizza is making it’s name among Gulf Shores and Orange Beach alike. This family-owned pizzeria first opened it’s doors in 2011 has since been noted among locals and tourists as one of the best local pizza shops at the beach.
Father and son owners, Al and Andy Joseph, opened the very first Mama Lottie’s at it’s first location in Orange Beach in 2011.
“The name Mama Lottie’s came from when I was in college in Livingston,” said founder Al Joseph. “It was a dry county and we all used to go across the state line into Mississippi and there was a little juke joint there called Mama Lottie’s. I remembered the name of that place 40 something years later, so it was a pretty good place.”
The building that houses Mama Lottie’s was the former home to Chicago Pizza. The Joseph’s, already familiar with the area through their other businesses, Cafe Beignets and the former Andy’s Ice Cream, had an opportunity to purchase the pizza place.
Andy Joseph sold his ice cream store and took over the business that would become Mama Lottie’s, with his father being a partner.
When asked what makes Mama Lottie’s different than any other pizza joint in the area, Joseph says it’s fresh ingredients, quality and the stone oven.
“The stone oven has a lot to do with it,” Joseph said. “The older it is, the more seasoned it is. The one we use is from the previous restaurant here in 1992 and he probably bought it used.”
Mama Lottie’s also serves pastas, calzones, salads, flatbread sandwiches and desserts.
Joseph says what makes them an original establishment is that it’s not your same old chain pizza place. Mama Lottie’s is one of the few places at the beach where you can find fresh, local, family made, homemade pizzas.
Even though the business is seasonal at the beach, Mama Lottie’s enjoys being located in such a beautiful area and Joseph says it’s nice be able to take some slower time during the winter months.
Al Joseph says the business has been booming the past few years. Mama Lottie’s recently opened it’s second location in Gulf Shores last year and are looking to expand in the near future with sights on Florida.
Mama Lotties is located at 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach and at 2200 E. 2nd Street in Gulf Shores.