Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dineatmamadellas.com/
  • Phone: 4075033463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nighly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Leon Teow
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: What is more romantic than musical accompaniment to a delectable Italian meal? Every night, strolling musicians delight diners at Mama Della's Ristorante. Listen as they play Italian favorites like "That's Amore", "Arrivederci Roma", "Mama" or "Angelina". Or, request your very own table side serenade. Before or after dinner at Mama Della's, guests can also enjoy the MUSICA DELLA NOTTE show each night at sunset (weather permitting) in the Harbor Piazza; it's a musical celebration capturing the romance and charm of Italy.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Universal Orlando
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Reduced valet or complimentary self-parking is available for local guests of Mama Della's Ristorante. Please bring your parking ticket for validation.
A word from Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
When you dine at Mama Della's, it's like being invited into her warm, welcoming home. Every room transports you to the Italian countryside, where you can enjoy rustic, Old World specialties like Insalata Caprese, Pollo Marsala, Lasagna and Frutti di Mare, accompanied by the finest wines and strolling musicians. While you feast on authentic dishes from the Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regions, Mama herself might be there to urge you to "Mange! Mange!" Delicious Italian food served in a romantic, genuine atmosphere, makes dining at Mama Della's an experience you'll never forget. You'll find Mama Della's in the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. With its cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and even the occasional Vespa dotting the harborside, this Piazza will make you feel like you've been carried away to Portofino, Italy. It's a fantastico setting for a most magnificent Italian meal.
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Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)romantic (47)good for groups (33)kid-friendly (32)notable wine list (22)fit for foodies (21)scenic view (12)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (5)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • only negative point was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    only negative point was the female opera singer was unpleasant - made several faces/signs lacking respect of guests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Lori
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We really enjoyed our meal service was great. Everyone worked together to make experience a positive one. First time dining here will dine here again . The atmosphere had a lot of charm and again the food was great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining while at Universal, FL
    Vacationer
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    While visiting Universal Orlando, my family and I wanted a nice dinner out and heard positive things about Mama Della's. A very enjoyable experience. The food, while traditional Italian, excellent in quality and preparation - from pasta, seafood to gelato. The environment was evocative of a neighborhood Italian ristorante in Little Italy. There were even talented strolling musicians complementing the atmosphere. The service was professional, attentive and anticipatory. Moreover, they we happy to accommodate my 9-year-old niece's picky palate. The wine list, while not extensive in varietals, was quite adequate. Also, the bar offered Campari in addition to Italian liqueurs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great music, great service,
    love2mama
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    great music, great service, our server Erik made our day in my wife's 50 years birthday. mama came with a nice dessert an a candle and the musicians play for us. wonderful experience and def. we'll comeback. thank you Erik
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever
    deb57
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Dined here for my birthday. I would recommend the Brushetta as an appetizer and for dinner Rob had the veal Marsala and I chose the chicken Parmagina both were well prepared and probably the best we have had. We also shared a bottle of Moscato. The entire staff from Mama to the the waiter made us feel special. The waiter chose a special desert for my birthday which was a small chocolate lava cake with cherry sauce and pistachio ice cream - so delicious. They also had strolling musician and singers who came and sang happy birthday and then sang a song in Italian. I can not wait to go back just to enjoy a great meal. If you love Italian food I would highly recommend this restaurant you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Our overall experience at Mama Della's was great!! Great food and great service!! Even got to meet Mama herself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The food was way over priced compared to the quality. $30 spaghetti and $8 beers. Go to Macaroni Grill for half the cost and better food. Rip off.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An amazing evening!
    mkatVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    We were greeted at the door by Mama Della herself. Our server Big Joe went above and beyond to accomodate our vegan diet. The live opera music was fantastic! Overall we will be returning here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mama and opera singers are the best
    OperaLover
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Celebrating my 60th Birthday with 10 friends at Mama Della's Restaurant...everyone enjoyed the food and the entertainment of the opera singers. The opera singers came to our table group twice. First time they sang one song. Second time they sang two songs...one birthday song. While they were singing one song the owner Mama came with my raspberry cheesecake sweet 16. The evening turned out amazing and no other place to celebrate my 60th Birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday night!!
    YiyeMona
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I chose this restaurant looking for something special for my husband birthday ...and it was not a mistake at all. Food was exquisite ... Music ... Singers. Fabulous ... And excellent service.. A place to come again !!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Mike
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Food is always great and the roving singers are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and ambiance
    Kish
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The food was great and the live table side music made it fun
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat for the senses
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    This restaurant is a treat for the senses with the beautiful setting, fabulous strolling tenors and tasty food. It was just what we were looking for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and fun!
    famdining05
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    I ate here with my mother and two sons (7 and 9) during our recent vacation to Universal. This was the boys' favorite restaurant and the adults enjoyed it too. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful - and the menu had great kid options. We really enjoyed the ambiance and the live entertainment. This made for a great memory from our trip.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Aley
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My husband and I completely enjoyed the food and atmosphere! We will absolutely be returning! Although the special of the night sounded wonderful, I chose to ask for chicken Marsala that wasn't on the menu. Thankfully the chef prepared the dish for me and it was the best food I have ever had! The polenta was just to die for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, very nice people
    AmblerJVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    For a resort restaurant in Orlando, we would go back to Mama Della's. The atmosphere was built as an Italian family's home, the food is based off of the same theme, and the service was very friendly and overall very solid! The Caesar salad was decent, the bread was warm, wine list also solid, and the entree's (we tried two) were good. The walking guitar player and two singers were a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance and Class
    ASPSA
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    A family member recommended Mama Della's Ristorante based upon past experience, and I am happy to state that my family's recent dining experience was just as exceptional . This establishment offers the total package for a great dining experience: exquisite cuisine, fine wine, outstanding service, an elegant and tasteful ambiance, and talented strolling musicians. It had been quite some time since I felt such a superb level of comfort in a restaurant. These words inadequately reflect my family's experience. To truly appreciate dining at Mama Della's Ristorante, I urge you to make a reservation and experience it for yourself.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Csoave1
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Mama Della's is hidden in Portifino Bay Hotel and Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando. It's a lovely, warm, homey kind of trattoria where the food is always very good. The service is wonderful. Lastly, the atmosphere is happy and fun. Whether it is a guitar serenade or an accordion sing along, you will be glad you came!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic!
    Beckym
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Incredible experience! The music and the food were exceptional. You will fall in love with your honey all over again!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good. They walk around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    It was good. They walk around and sing and play romantic songs in different languages
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a nice time being serenaded
    Jena
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    We had a nice time being serenaded by the wandering minstrels singing favorite italien songs, the waiters were attentive..the fritti de mare dish was not as good as we'd expect near the sea.. The homemade ravioli was very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    Carol
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    We decided to try this restaurant while visiting Universal and had made a reservation the month before. We were so pleased. Service and Food was exceptional. Loved the Accordian player and singers that came to the table. Service was leisurely and paced perfectly. It was a wonderful, memorable dinner during our vacation. We will return another year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Throw in the strolling contemporary opera and you have a great experience. A bit pricey for Italian, but worth it. Our waiter and total service staff was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great eats!
    riley22
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Here on vacation with my husband, wanted to try after other good reviews. Food was excellent! Besr chicken parmigana i've had outside NY. Portions vety large. Molton chocolate lava cake excellent. Nice accordian player that came round to tables. Very friendly staff. Host remembered my name on the way out and asked how the meal was. A little pricey, but we had 3 glasses of wine and 2the cordials with dessert. Highly reccommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • repeat disappointment.
    oneputt
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    This was our third time at this restaurant. The first two times were okay but small problems with the order left a bad memory. This last visit however was very poor. Mistakes were not corrected, understaffed dining room and poor service guarantees we will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience
    AHorsePubs
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    If you want to be transported back to Portofino, Italy and enjoy amazing Italian food, Mama Della's is the place to go for a special event, romantic date night, or dinner with family or friends. We loved our waiter, meeting Mama, and having a special song performed at our table. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MAMMA's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    One of our favorites. Great food, service the roaming singer(whose name I can't remember) sings at an operatic level , very talented, while warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was awsome and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    The food was awsome and the portions were tremendous! Enjoyed the stolling singer & guitar player.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true fine dining experience
    WMPR
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Excellent food , excellent service. We were treated as if we were the only customers in the restaurant. A nice little touch were the homemade creme soda drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The meatballs were the best I've ever had. My kid's fettuccine Alfredo was outstanding. We went back a couple of nights later because everything is so good. The singers are a lot of fun as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too touristy for me
    Dolfankat66VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    I went on a date to this restaurant... Although the service was great and the food was good, there are better options.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    So, my wife and I went for the September Magical Dining and we thought the food was OK. It seems that all restaurants in the Disney / Universal areas are overpriced and medicore at best. I try to give that area the benefit of the doubt, but almost everytime, I have been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Atmosphere
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We chose this because we were staying at the Lowe's Royal Pacific and could get there by shuttle bus. The restaurant had good reviews. There were musicians walking around playing and singing opera, so it was an upbeat experience. The veal dish was tender, but nothing outstanding for $35. Hubby had the lasagna and said it was good, but not great (he's Italian). I was really in the mood for some great pasta, but didn't see anything on the rather limited menu that sounded appealing, so I got the veal. I don't often eat pasta, so was really hoping for a good, authentic pasta dish.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening with Friends
    Gayle
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    This was our first visit to this restaurant, and it's a winner. We ordered from the Magical Dining month menu, available only during September. The choices were varied and very good. The singers, a lady and gentleman, had extraordinary voices. They took requests and made the evening memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    This place has amazing food.... it was truly a culinary experience! Absolutely loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • expensive olive garden
    dhamrick
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Resort captive Italian...pretty good just expensive for what it is.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place!
    joeg
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    The food and the atmosphere was excellent. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Italian place
    nina8871
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We came here on a Friday evening for my husband's birthday. The ambiance is very homey & sort of loud (which I didn't mind). The wine list is VERY overpriced. Another negative was that the menu at the restaurant was not the same as the one on line. We started with the antipasto, which is great for sharing. However, the main entree portions are very big so you may want to skip the appetizers. I ordered the chicken carbonara. Not typically one of my favorites, but it was absolutely delicious!! My husband had the seafood pasta dish, which was also very good! The opera singers were wonderful & sang my husband Happy Birthday! It was a very nice experience, & I would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for "just ok"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    My husband liked this better than I did. The wine list was ok; the service was pleasant but not spectacular; the food was "ah"; the menu was small (no simple pasta and red sauce on the menu?!) and had a seafood slant - so if you are looking for a good pasta dish, it had better be one that comes with seafood or in a white sauce because that's really all there is. I'm not a seafood person so there wasn't an appetizer on the menu for m and I ended up ordering a chicken carbonara where the cheese was extremely overpowering and I didn't eat any of the pasta it was served with. Husband's lasagna was just ok as there was too much sausage - and it overpowered the other flavors. It was an expensive meal to have not eaten and enjoyed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Family of four really enjoyed our meal at Mama's. food was excellent, kids lasagna was terrific and my filet was cooked perfectly with a nice peppercorn crust. Homemade gnocchi was awesome. Server was very friendly but very busy so we didn't get as much attention as we probably would have normally, however it was a great dining experience regardless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic