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: (407) 503-3463
  • 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
88 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (48)good for groups (35)kid-friendly (27)notable wine list (26)fit for foodies (24)scenic view (9)great for outdoor dining (9)neighborhood gem (7)hot spot (7)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Special!
    Wendy
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The ambience at this restaurant is amazing! You walk in and there are a number of small rooms decorated in the style of a rural Italian house. The food was top-knotch the service was impeccable. All of this would have given it 4 stars, but then the tenors came in and went from table to table singing, just magical!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it
    Barbmrn
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    For excellent. Service also. Waitress gave us good ideas about food. And what to do the next day. Excellent wine!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    jem- at lowes portifino-outdoor dining-good food-good waiter-opera sung from a balcony- even my 4 year old grandson loved it- definitely going again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food average. Service very
    Foodwineexpert
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Food average. Service very good. Excellent location. Noise level to great for a romantic dinner. Expensive for quality of food
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Are we in The Godfather?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Great restaurant. I really felt as if I was in mama corleones house. Great ambience, great singers and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Concern
    Mike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I have been there numerous times and enjoy each time we go. The only problem i had this time was that on our reservation i requested to see the manager on duty that time and after 30 minutes we paid our bill and left. I felt let down as i'm in the customer service business and i felt that what i did want to talk to the on duty manager about wasn't that important. I really enjoy your Mama's and love coming many times in to eat for not only special times but just to enjoy a great dinner as we live close by. I want to say thanks but still not happy that i got ignored.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great Waiter not so much
    deb57
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Normally when we dine there we have a wonderful experience but this time we did not have a good experience with the waiter who seemed to be MIA. Our food was great and I will go back because I do love their food. If you go do try their veal dish or their chicken parm both were excellent.. Also save room for desert because it is worth it. We did talk to the manager after dinner and she was very apologetic for our waiter experience and said she would be speaking with him which we appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A place to go back to
    Charles
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Excellent food, great service and wonderful opera singers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Great Italian restaurant in an Italian themed hotel. Menu options are not huge. Smaller than I remember last time but a good offering of traditional Italian as well as some more gourmet offerings. Casual dining environment and kid friendly as you would expect from a theme park hotel restaurant. I must say the filet mignon I had was one of the best I have had in a while and the polenta on the side was fantastic. Our waiter said he has worked there for 15yrs since they opened and was fantastic. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great surprise
    DaniloVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    When I reserved a table at Mama Della's I thought it was a regular restaurant. But it's a very nice place, with a very good food. The service is very good. If I'll be back to Orlando, surely I'll have dinner at Mama Della's again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get together
    Mike
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    My son, a U.S. Navy sailor is preparing for deployment. Mama Della's Ristorante was a great place to gather enjoy a great meal. Nino, the musician, always an asset to the restaurant kept our table with superb music and conversation. The service is as always tops and of course, the food companied by the wine, an experience. All come together and makes for a great evening. My son and Nino, shared some sea stories in between songs. Thanks; Mike
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Italian food I have ever had
    BritClark
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We had calamari fritti, Caesar salad, lasagna and chicken larm. Two days later we are still discussing how great it was. The restaurant looked boxed but was definitely casual (we had jeans and sweaters on). Make a reservation though, it's a smaller space and although I had a reservation there were several people waiting 45min. The service was also fantastic and I didn't think it was over-priced at all. We eat out frequently and I enjoyed myself here more than I have on a long time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill and Tracie Morton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Good afternoon Big Joe, You were a fabulous waiter,and you made our occasion so perfect. The sarinaid was awsome. We met my family there, it was Jim and Vickie Dedmon, Vickie is my wonderful Sister and they are going to bring a group of friends who meet out and eat dinner once a month there soon. Thank you so much for your kindness, food was out of this world we hightly reccomend and we sure do plan on visiting again in the future. Take care Big Joe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Slow service ... And the service was not very helpfu... They seemed annoyed to have to be helping us.. Food just okay ... Not worth the price.. We will not be dining here again :(
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience and Deliciousness
    ddiners
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Mama Della's is not only romantic but the food is delicious as well. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    Anne
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We had been there one time before 8 years ago, and when I asked my child where he wanted to eat, he immediately said this restaurant because he remembered how good the food was. As before, we were so pleased again. The food and our waitress were excellent. Our waitress was excellent and brought out the most fabulous dessert for my son's birthday. Another great night there and I would recommend this place to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Rose478
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our party or 10 ate at Mama Della's for New Year's Eve, and we couldn't have been more pleased with the experience. The food was wonderful, the service was extremely attentive, and the atmosphere was lovely. Thank-you for making our evening so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Marycas
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We come here during our annual visits. The ambience is delightful...cozy, warm, and unique. Food is good; my husband is a fan of the veal. I enjoyed the spaghetti amd meatballs with more than enough for lunch the next day. We felt a little rushed our last visit so I would recommend letting them know if you aren't in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but losing the touch.
    RChez
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Great tasteful food as usual. We have eaten at Mamas for the past 6-7 years when we are in Florida at least 2 times each year. Service and the personal touch we have come to expect was lacking this time. At this price level you come to expect more but we came away feeling like we were eating in a chain restaurant. Server was nice but not very attentive. We were sat in a room filled with multiple tables of several very young children resulting in a loud distracting atmosphere. We arrived 20 min before our reservation and were told we could not be sat although several tables were available. Came away from dinner experience disappointed. Hope not a sign of a downward turn. Don't know if we will return in July with the many choices in area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 couples dining
    bully4you
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Such a nice little restaurant! They validate your parking stub so it's very easy. The food was remarkably good! Don't miss the pasta fagioli soup - I had the pasta primavera and it was out of this world. Go, you will love!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We took the family last year
    Maria
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We took the family last year to celebrate my husband's birthday---2012, and we had a great time, enjoyed the food, ambiance and the service. But My husband and I were a little bit disappointed with our Christmas dinner this year---pasta was tough! But the cannoli was delicious! We will visit Magic Kingdom next year 2014, and maybe, we'll visit Mama Della again:)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.