Mamma Mia celebrates 20 years

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- It's a place that's been around for 20 years.

Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant in Shenandoah invited the whole town to help them celebrate a special occasion.

"It's a restaurant that I'm very proud to have in Shenandoah," Betty Leonard said.

"For a business to be in business for 20 years says a lot about the people and citizens around that support it, and a lot for the owners of how they help the community," Johnny Woodward, chair for the Page County board of supervisors, said.

A family owned business since 1997, Mamma Mia's passion for Shenandoah and its people can be seen in every dish and on every face.

"It's not just a restaurant. It's a way of life," general manager Romeo Pugliese said. "This is what we choose to do. This is what makes us happy. Making people happy with food is something special."

The crowd had lots of reasons for coming to celebrate.

"I really enjoy the owners," Leonard said.

"I usually eat here six nights a week," J-Bird said.

They all agreed the food is what keeps them coming back.

"Spaghetti, pizza, chicken tenders, burgers, ravioli. All of it," J-bird said.

"Again I have to go back to the food," Leonard said. "It's just delicious homemade Italian food."

After 20 years of serving the people of Shenandoah and Page County, Mamma Mia has no plans of stopping any time soon.

"Knowing that everybody supports us this much makes us feel good for the next 20 years," Pugliese said.

Mamma Mia reduced every meal to half price Thursday night. One of the owners said it was a way of saying thank you to the fantastic, faithful customers for the past 20 years.