By Adam Campbell-Schmitt | FoodAndWine.Com
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The Detroit rapper’s restaurant concept is popping up ahead of his performance in Sunday’s halftime show.
This Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI halftime show will be an unprecedented hip hop spectacle as local Los Angeles’ legends Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar, are joined by R&B superstar Mary J. Blige and Detroit’s own Eminem on the field of SoFi Stadium. But in addition to a potential victory for the Rams against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Southern California city is guaranteed another win this weekend: Eminem is bringing his spaghetti restaurant with him.
Opened in 2021, Mom’s Spaghetti is Eminem’s self-referential Detroit restaurant taking its name from the lyrics to Grammy- and Academy Award-winning 8 Mile soundtrack song “Lose Yourself” in which he raps “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy; there’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.”
For anyone living in or visiting Los Angeles this weekend, Mom’s Spaghetti has temporarily opened both a pop-up shop (at Uncle Paulie’s Deli, 820 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014) and as well as a delivery-only iteration “with walk-up orders available at downtown’s Uncle Paulie’s, and Postmates delivery orders running out of the Pico and Culver City locations of Pasta Sisters restaurant,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Both options started slinging spaghetti on Wednesday and will run through Sunday.
As for the menu, a post on Eminem’s Instagram says to expect regular, meatball, and vegan meatball spaghetti options (with powdered parmesan and sauce that tastes “straight from the jar”), as well as garlic texas toast which can also be part of a s’ghetti sandwich with entree prices ranging from $10 to $15. More menu and ordering information are available at momsspaghetti.com.
The Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant concept first made its unofficial debut in 2017 as a pop-up for the release of Eminem’s Revival album. Then in April of 2020, tubs of Mom’s Spaghetti appeared at Detroit-area medical facilities as a thank you to local frontline workers during the onset COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, a permanent, brick-and-mortar Mom’s Spaghetti restaurant opened in September of last year.
But as for this week’s Super Bowl-adjacent location, one big question remains: Which wine does Eminem’s Mom’s Spaghetti pair better with, Snoop Dogg’s Cali Red blend or Mary J’s Rosé?