About Us


Mamma Mia Bistro brings you back to the Old Country with classic recipes but with a modern twist! Our comfortable environment is inviting and charming. The dining experience we hope to provide is one that our customers can be proud to bring their family, clients, or co-workers to. Fine Italian Dining in Apex, NC has never been better!


Our chefs are experienced in the world of Italian cuisine. With over 25 years of cooking experience, our staff is ready to bring you the best in Italian Fine Dining! We are confident that you will not have a better dining experience in the Triangle. 


So whether you want to join us for dinner during the week, for a special occasion, or for our monthly wine dinners, we would love to give you, and your party a memorable night out!


Mamma Mia Bistro also offers catering services in Apex, NC and the surrounding areas! With delivery and set up services, you can now bring the best of Italian cuisine to your work place, or party. Our goal to make your event a success!


About The Chef


Chef Ciro Formisano, born in Naples Italy, nearly on the floor of the family owned restaurant Transatlantico. Ciro began cultivating his culinary skills at an early age and first became head chef at age 21.


His first assignment as head chef was at his family owned restaurant Transatlantico, where he created the finest Italian cuisine from 1980-1989. After 9 years in the family business, he decided to move his skills to another well known restaurant a few miles inland, the Hotel San Remo in Nola, Italy.


In 1992, Ciro moved to America, taking with him all the knowledge from working in prime examples of Italian kitchens.


1992, fresh to America, Ciro works various Triangle area restaurants including Bella Napoli in Durham, Cafe Roma and Italian Chophouse both in Raleigh.  For 12 years, Ciro gained great experience in Italian American cuisine and is called to New Jersey by well known chef, Carlos Orrico at Sorrentino Restaurant. 


Under Chef Orrico, Ciro learns invaluable technique, finesse and savvy; both in the kitchen and in the business.


Primed from his time in New Jersey under Chef Orrico, Ciro returns to the Triangle area late in 2004 to open Mamma Mia Pasta & Pizza with Silvana DeGrezia, where they ran a successful restaurant along with their staff for 9 years.


Never ending his quest for culinary perfection, Ciro returns to Italy for 2 weeks every year to improve on his craft, and keep up with the most current, fresh cuisine ideas from this everchanging world.


In 2013, Mamma Mia Pasta & Pizza underwent a total makeover to beome Mamma Mia Italian Bistro. Mamma Mia Italian Bistro will maintain the culinary and service staff with a renewed focus on the customer experience!


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Italian Bistro




Est. 2013




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