Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant
Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamalouisas.com/
  • Phone: 5207904702
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Theresa Mowery
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 29th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant
Home cooking the Italian way since 1956. Homemade pastas and aged sauces offer a traditional Italian flavor. The menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from eggplant parmigiana, manicotti, cannelloni, chicken, pork, veal, shrimp, pizzas and our signature pasta dish Joes' Special. The decor of the restaurant features hand-painted murals from the 1950's and 1970's along with the traditional checkered table clothes.
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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Going downhill?
    SaguaroLover
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My family does enjoy dining at Mama Louisa's, but odd events have diminished our loyalty lately. On one occasion, the pile of soup bowls were dirty - someone accidentally brought out the used pile of bowls instead of the clean. Then we went on another occasion and the soups were cold because someone forgot to flip the switch to turn on the heat source for the soups. Not good. We do enjoy the food, but these rather serious mistakes and the cost of the the dishes have us keeping our distance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food!!
    luvitalianfood
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love the Joe's Special! I had it with Chicken Parmesan this time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diamond in the Rough
    djmr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's a quaint place. It's not elegant by any means but has a basic, homey feel to it. I don't know if they usually do much business but it was mostly empty when we arrived. Granted it was 4 pm on a Saturday afternoon. They offer a soup and salad bar that costs a little extra except with some specials. It was basic but everything was fresh. Having said all the above the food was excellent. The marinara sauce on my Fried Calamari with pasta was tasty and appealing. Same with my wife's meal. Portions were a good size. The prices on all the meals were more than reasonable. I would definitely go to Mama Louisa's again. And while the lunch special sign looked tacky, I would like to try the buffet it was advertising.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistently delicious
    pastajunkie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We go to Mama Louisa's every year for my son-in-law's birthday dinner (his choice). We all get the salad bar option along with our dinners. My daughter and I are in awe of their in-house-made pasta, and we love their red sauces--especially Joe's Special Sauce which has a little more kick to it. Service is always attentive and efficient. This year we went on a Thursday night so it was quiet, but diners should definitely make reservations for weekend evenings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful...but.
    great
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Lasagna was delicious, but it was more like a manicotti. Not very big either. Main dish was half the size of side linguini.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I had not come on Sunday
    alwaysdineout
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Their salad bar was great and their all-you-can minestrone soup was excellent. Their menu said they had six pastas on the bar for lunch seven days a week, but they don't on Sundays, so we had to eat off the menu. I had one of their lunch specials that included the soup and salad bar plus a luncheon portion of a chicken dish that included pasta with a bland marinara sauce. The sauce on the chicken had too much lemon added to it for my liking, but the chicken was very moist and tender. My husband had the meat ravioli with meat sauce and it was quite good, but breadsticks was his only accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    AmyinTucsonVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love the fresh pasta and delicious red sauce. The veal piccata was fork tender and the meatball and Italian sausage were quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama Louisa's---just so-so
    seekinggoodfood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Some food was great (breadsticks), some quite good (homemade pasta), and some not-so-good (Chicken Marsala and red sauce for pasta). The "sauce" of the Chic. Marsala was actually just brown gravy with some (undetectable) Marsala added. While it did not resemble authentic Marsala, it was fairly tasty. The red sauce for the pasta had no detectable herbs, thus tasting quite bland. The soup and salad bar is not included in the price, but can be purchased for an additional $3.50. When that is added to the entrée price, the cost rises to a level more appropriate for a finer restaurant. Service was very good and friendly. The noise level was horrible, due to a family with a young child who was screaming and the parents were egging him on.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gift certificate from Family
    retiredgreenvalley
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The two of us enjoyed our dinner and dessert. Parking access was a plus. Waitress provided great service and we enjoyed our selection of foods. A very nice gift to the both of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • The food was JUST what we wanted!
    NutrnlMtblc
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Each had dishes that we felt could not be improved-upon anywhere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    RolloAZ
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Wonderful food and a great menu. Sevice was excellent and attentive to our requests. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza
    PizzaEaterVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I stopped in for a mid afternoon lunch. I had a pizza (pepperoni and mushroom) which was very good. The staff were super polite and the restaurant was very clean. I would return!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great. The atmosphere
    RolloAZ
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Food is great. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed. Good place to host out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really liked this no-frills
    Tucdiner
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I really liked this no-frills down-home Italian restaurant. Super nice and attentive waitress and the food was quick and very good. Excellent homemade pasta in the manicotti and cannelloni. Salad bar had very fresh greens. Noise level was very high but settled down after a particularly large group left.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok but not great
    skyequeen825VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Went there based upon a recommendation. I had veal and it was not pounded thin as it should be. Side dish had their "red sauce" which was good. Regretted driving 30 minutes each way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tucson's Mama Louisa's
    uscomply
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    No complaints from our out of town guests or from my family. All was super!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place
    Susan
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    This is my first visit, but my husband has been here before. I got the cheese ravioli with sauteed mushrooms. The mushrooms were slightly over cooked, but tasted great. The ravioli was good and fresh. The salad bar was great. My husband ordered the chicken parmesan. The chicken was very tender, to the point where you did not need a knife to cut it. The atmosphere was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed opinions on the food,
    jean
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Mixed opinions on the food, the eggplant parmesan was very, very good. However, the cheese manicotti was too bland. the waitress was very efficient and friendly. Love the atmosphere of the restaurant. Will try it again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok
    ozzy
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    If you going for the homemade pasta i say this is the place to go the chicken dishes and pizza were just alright. I could make the chicken dishes better at home. Tucson does not have a good Italian food that is Kid Friendly like they do in the North East.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good red-sauce joint. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    A good red-sauce joint. Service can be a little slow and at times the kitchen is painfully so, but relax, have a glass of wine or take another trip through the salad bar, your food will be worth the wait. My family of 4 goes once a month or so and we have never been disappointed in the food (the meatballs and the eggplant are especially tasty).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites
    pastajunkie
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Service is always exceptional here. The pasta is really excellent. We like Joe's special sauce with it. There is an extensive menu that should please almost anyone. This latest visit was on a week night when it was very quiet, and we could carry on a conversation iin normal voices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Home Cooked Italian to be relied on
    Tucsonpots
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We went to Mama Louisa's because I wanted good home cooked Italian food. I decided on something simple and had pasta with mushrooms and Italian sausage. I LOVED IT!!! And throw in a great salad bar for $3.50 more and I had enough to bring home half my pasta for lunch on Sunday. Everything was so flavorful and just what I wanted. (the other guests were most happy too!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • And a good time was had by all
    Lynn
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    We had a large party of 12 for a going away party. Service was fast and friendly. Food was beyond excellent!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than I remembered it...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    When we lived in Tucson in the mid to late 90's we dined at Mama Louisa's many times, but had not been back since we moved back to Tucson three years ago. Our regular group of dining out friends were looking for an Italian restaurant to try, so I suggested Mama Louisa's, hoping it would be as good as I remembered it was. Turns out it was BETTER than I remembered! Everyone loved the food and had a great time. You can't go wrong with the Joe's Special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Service
    Seasonista
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    The service at Mama Louisa's was unbeatable. I barely finished the last lettuce leaf on my salad plate and the server was there asking to take my plate. We were shown our table as soon as all of our party had arrived, we were very well attended to with every glass filled all the time and any extra requests fulfilled quickly as well. It was a little noisy, but that was because the party next to us had children that were very loud once they left it was moderate. I really appreciate the terrific service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food ok service
    Roger
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Can't say enough good things about the food. It was fresh, tasty and plenty of it. The service was average. My main complaint was despite asking them twice to close out the open table reservation they did not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a nice neighborhood
    maisiejude
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    This is a nice neighborhood family run restaurant. They make their own pasta and have some lovely murals from the 1950's which help expand the space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food at a reasonable price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Great Italian food at a reasonable price. Makes for two meals; one there and one at home the next day. We winter in Tucson and were very glad to find Mama Louisa's. This was our second time there and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our server was outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Our server was outstanding, and she was most attentive to needs of the group. Food is always fantastic. This is a must on our annual trip to Tucson. Reservations highly recommended one a weekend. We will probably change our annual trip to a weekday now that we know we can enjoy Mama Louisa's even more in a quieter dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant was a pleasant
    RaydioElgin
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Restaurant was a pleasant surprise. A nice, friendly place. The salad bar was well stocked and fresh (this was one of the surprises, I haven't seen a salad bar in years). The canneloni was a treat. This is one of my "test dishes" since it seems to be hard to prepare correctly. Mama's was done just right. Service was very good and the price was reasonably. We are from outside Tucson but we will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family atmosphere, food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Great family atmosphere, food hot and tasty, and prices reasonable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hate to give restaurants
    chrystinpVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    I hate to give restaurants bad reviews after just one visit, especially locally owned restaurants. The pizza was fine, not great, but fine. The restaurant does make their won pasta, but it was overcooked. I'll try it again to see if this was just a bad night, or the norm.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food at fair prices.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    good food at fair prices. not a fancy date place or anything, but worth an occasional visit. the servings were large and my husband and i actually split a plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama Louisa's is our family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Mama Louisa's is our family tradition for birthday's and special occasions. We love Joe's Special
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It has been around for 56
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    It has been around for 56 years--that says something!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've eaten there on several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    I've eaten there on several occasions and always have had spectacular service and absolutely the best pasta dishes I'd ever tasted. This past visit though, I ordered the linguine with white clam sauce and it was just bland and had entirely too little sauce for the amount of pasta. I was very disappointed as I am a HUGE proponent of Mama Louisa's. I will return, but only because I know they can do better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The homemade pasta and sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    The homemade pasta and sauce was delicious. The ambiance was perfect for an old school red checkered table cloth type italian restaurant. We enjoyed our dinner immensely.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is just like my Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    The food is just like my Italian grandmother made...delicious1
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for the Whoel family!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    The Joe's Special was outstanding, as usual. The casual ambience is inviting. Kids are comfortable there. Lots of options for both our carnivores and our vegetarians!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My parents come into Tucson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    My parents come into Tucson about twice a year and we always enjoy the food here. Keep up the great work and good food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate