Ma Raffa’s, New Bedford MA | Merchant Profile

Ma Raffaís has two locations, one is located at 85 Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford and the second is located at 1142 County Street in Somerset, Massachusetts. Second generation owner Steve Raffa shares the unique story as to the restaurantís genesis. His father, and his fatherís ten siblings were all factory workers. Each day they would go to work and their mother prepared family meals. Soon friends started to accompany the siblings home to enjoy their motherís traditional Sicilian recipes. The guests were charged 25 cents per meal. Steveís grandmother decided taking care of eleven children was enough and didnít want to feed the neighborhood. Steveís father, sensing a business opportunity, borrowed $3,000 and gave his notice at the factory. He then started Ma Raffaís, named as a tribute to his mother.Steve tells us the business is a labor of love. Growing up and while going to college he had no intention of working in the restaurant. Somehow it called him back. Steve enjoys interacting with all the great people he encounters daily. Heís made friends with customers, salespeople, and the delivery drivers who orbit the restaurant. He says running a restaurant is, ìdefinitely not boring.îPopular menu items include specialty pizzas including the Nunziatta with sliced chicken breast, roasted red peppers, sauce, and cheese. Also, the Mama Mia featuring hamburger, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, chourico, sauce, and cheese. Other diner favorites include: Chicken Broccoli & Ziti with sauteed chicken breast, broccoli, and ziti in a creamy garlic parmesan sauce and also the Italian Platter featuring spaghetti, lasagna, meatballs, sausage, veal pattie, garlic bread, tomato sauce, and meat sauce.All the items on the menu are scratch made using Steve’s grandmotherís original Sicilian recipes. Ma Raffaís uses only the finest and freshest ingredients. The restaurants serves beer and wine. They have a childrenís menu and do take-out as well. Check out their website for specials and Party Platter offerings. If you are in New Bedford or Somerset and want a great meal featuring traditional Sicilian fare check out Ma Raffaís today!  

85 Rockdale Ave
New Bedford, MA 02740