Mama Ricotta's
Mama Ricotta's

Mama Ricotta's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamaricottasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (704) 343-0148
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday, 11 am - 10 pm
    Friday-Saturday, 11 am - 11 pm
    Sunday, 11am - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tom Dyrness
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Plate Perfect Catering is the full-service catering company in Charlotte, NC. With an unmatched combination of the finest foods and experienced event planners to meet each customer’s needs, our business has become wildly successful, a true stand-alone in the region.

    We employ top-level staff and provide both full-service & specialty catering for any size event. From parties for two to parties for thousands, each guest is special to us. For more information please contact Plate Perfect at 704.343.0155 or visit us at www.plateperfect.com

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus #6 from uptown stops directly across the street from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located in the King's Pointe Shopping Center and have abundant off-street parking available.
A word from Mama Ricotta's
From the Wine Spectator Award to "Best Italian Restaurant" from Zagat, Mama Ricotta's Italian Restaurant brings to life the award-winning vision of owner Frank Scibelli. With a long, proud reputation built on authentic recipes, made from the freshest of ingredients and prepared by the finest culinary minds in the South, Mama Ricotta's restaurant is the premier Italian dining destination in Charlotte. "Upscale homestyle" is our style, and we love to bring it to you, again and again. Begin your adventure with a warm Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Dip served with grilled crostini, and then move into the warm freshness of our Penne Alla Vodka, tossed in a spicy cream tomato sauce. Or, let the subtle flavors of our Pollo Carciofi delight even your most discriminating of tastes. Our commitment to freshness is one of our most valued traditions - we even house-make our mozzarella! With nearly two decades of success, we've made it our goal to bring you only the best, with our best.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Mama Ricotta's reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (70)good for groups (70)special occasion (57)fit for foodies (55)great for outdoor dining (55)great for lunch (45)kid-friendly (31)notable wine list (31)romantic (30)hot spot (20)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Always great
    Will
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have been here a number of times and it is always great. This is my favorite Italian Restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Bad Service
    NNVic
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    While the food was good the service left me feeling forgotten. There was a large group there and we felt that we were taking a back seat the group. Management should had enough staff to handle the group as well as 2 people celebrating an anniversary.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud but good
    Hungary
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was good, we hit at a very busy time and they kept running out of bread before our waitress could get us any. Meatballs were a little dry but overall we had a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner location in Charlotte
    BusinessTraveler
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was a very nice dinner spot in Charlotte. I had the "ala Vodka" entree with Shrimp and Chicken and it was amazing. The bread is to die for. Truly a great find.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - very crowded
    sdklfjsaldkVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had another good dinner here. Food was fantastic as usual, but the place was packed. Overflowing. Great Veal Parm, but so crowded we couldn't get in the door for 5 min. Will be back, but not on a Sap night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always overbooked and late!
    Greenvillediner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am not a regular at Mama Ricotta's, but the times that I have been there, I've had reservations and have always had to wait for a table, from 15 minutes to half an hour. The excuse? "All of our 7:30 reservations are arriving at the same time." Well, if one has a 7:30 reservation, wouldn't a restaurant anticipate that patron arriving at 7:30 and be prepared? SO, Mama Ricotta's should be a choice only if you have plenty of time to sit and wait for a table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top-Notch Service
    EatEmUp
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had one of Charlotte's best waiters taking care of us. Gave us fancy-restaurant service at casual-fare prices!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    princesst102
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Mama Ricotta's. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Never eaten anything from Mama's that was not amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great time
    ShowseerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Flawless, for what is basically a neighborhood place this restaurant maintains their superior value in so many ways. Food is wonderful even though I end up ordering the same items over and over, service is impeccable, reservations in this busy place are honored, prices are a good value, and customers leave looking forward to their next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It!
    MBMD89
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were seated at our reserved time,and once again the food was excellent. We had the Rigatoni with meat sauce in a family portion which was more than enough for 2. I have had this meal the last 4 times I have been to Mama Ricatta's because I like it so much. One of these times I'm going to try something else on the menu, but this dish is superb!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK with a BOGO
    Eatoutrarely
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A fixture in the neighborhood. Good food well served. Too noisy to socialize while eating. Go on a weeknight if you want to talk to your dining companions. Having a BOGO coupon compensated for the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent food!
    Luv2beach
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Mama Ricotta's never ceases to offer fantastic Italian dishes which are excellently prepared. Try one of the specials...always a unique and wonderful choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Italian favorite
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is where my family wants to go when they visit. It's often noisy inside, but outside on the patio it was quiet, especially as the lunch rush slowed. The outside fireplace is a nice touch. Service was attentive, and the food was quite good. Every wine we've had there was excellent. A reliable favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    You have to have th goat cheese and mascarpone dip appetizer! It is awesome. Everything was hot and came pretty quick. I had visited Mamma Ricottas for lunch and the waitress was awesome. She had asked if I had ever been there before and explained everything about the restaurant. When I returned for our anniversary dinner, the waiter was not as personable. But overall the food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mama Ricotta's A Big Miss
    Terim123VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Not a single part of this visit went right. Ordered tea with lemon- served with little ice and no lemon, salad-wrong salad with wrong dressing. Pizza served simultaneously with salad-sent back and was put under warmer to only be re-served cold and crust hard as a rock. Service was slow and sloppy. Servers excuse was that he could not hear-go figure. The noise level was incredible. Did he ever think about asking a guest to repeat themselves.....or maybe turning the blasting music down a little. I would take my business around the corner to the fine dining establishments at Metropolitan. Not a Manager in sight or a server who cared about repeat business or the lack of. Skip this one.
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  • Terrible service
    tia15VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Terrible service! I was totally ignored my ordered wasn't written by waitress and came out wrong. Disappointed! 2nd time being ignored here!
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  • Surprising!
    fredcoates
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Was wonderfully delighted by the lasagna... great meat sauce and a lot of cheese. Others had chicken Parmesan, penne with chicken and lemon chicken. All the dishes were fabulous and the service was great. We will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Comfort Italian w/ Atmosphere
    Keb1569
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    great italian comfort food with friendly service and fun atmosphere. A go to can't miss in Charlotte. Also they are great with kids. Veal parm and ravioli with meat sauce are faves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    JZimanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Waiter was attentive. Food pretty good. Tirimisu great. Very loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite?
    timm553
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    From start to finish my Mama Ricottta's experience was a sheer pleasure. Ample close parking, friendly, attentive staff, comfortable seating, good wine, great food and a nice laid back atmosphere. Those are the reasons this may be a new "favorite" on my dining list. Man, that Alfredo sauce was the perfect sauce for my pasta and shrimp dish and there was no problem at all for them to tweak it just like I asked. I think once a week will be my schedule for visiting Mama Ricotta's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brianna
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our overall experience here was awesome. The food was delicious - large portions, fresh tasting ingredients. Our cocktails were very good as well and our server was funny and attentive without being overbearing. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch
    JwhgraniteVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a somewhat large party (8) and Mama's was a great choice. We ordered some items family style so we could share. The food was very good and the price was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Experience
    NanZVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Brought a group of seven to Mama Ricotta's and all were very satisfied and pleased with the experience. The Italian food was excellent and everyone enjoyed the family style dinner. We tried the warm goat cheese dip appetizer and the Tuscan salad, and for dinner we had the penne alla vodka, chicken scallopine and the spaghetti with meatballs. Servings were more than sufficient for the group and everything was delicious. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always On!
    CLTFineDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Mama Ricotta's is always on! Best and most consistent Italian food in Charlotte!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama's is #1
    opentablefan
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I understand that Mama Ricotta's has been selected as the #1 Italian restaurant in Charlotte. I can totally understand that and it is well deserved. I've been going to this restaurant since it was at its smaller location down Kings Drive. The food is excellent, the service is always great. Only thing we think it should bring back is the true creamy Italian cheesecake but the Bread Pudding is great too. I didn't click "kid-friendly" since I've never had a problem in the past other than a little girl who decided that throwing crayons backwards which ended up coming directly at me was something fun to do. But not the restaurant's fault - completely bad parenting. Otherwise, I normally would list it as kid-friendly. Love the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in Charlotte!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you're looking for a great place to have dinner with your love one or just hanging out with friends this is the best place to go. The staff is excellent, and the food is simply marvelous!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Scott
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great dinner. We had reservations and got right in. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amy Friends were impressed
    Burnsthb1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My friends had never been and it was great! The food, fellowship with friends was absolutely amazing. The ambience of the night was the right place & time for friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner before the theater
    LuvHealthyFoods
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner before the theater. The weather was nice, so we chose to sit outdoors. My chicken dish with artichoke hearts and capers had a delicious sauce. Timing was fine. Our waitress was a little pushy with wanting us to buy appetizers, wine and dessert. But overall it was a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and service
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have been here just a couple times and place it as one of our favorites. Service is always great and the food is second-to-none. I had traditional spaghetti with meatballs and it was devine. My husband had the chicken parm and he thought it one of the best he's ever had. They give very large portions so I took home more than half my meal and it was even better reheated the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal!
    SandmanSlim
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Mama Ricotta's always delivers with a wonderful experience. We enjoy this neighborhood gem whenever we're desiring a nice Italian meal with comfortable setting. Hope to be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food!
    Bran
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent food and great restaurant, loved the family style portions. Service was slow but a great experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Milestone Birthday Disaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a 21st "surprise" birthday party at Mama Ricottas. After booking, I called again on the day to explained the party guests would arrive at 730 and the birthday boy at 745. I was even told "we are looking forward to making this a great dining experience". At 730 the arriving guests were told they couldn't be seated until 8. After stalling and giving up, we arrived for the surprise spoiler at the front desk. Making matters worse, one of the guests order was never placed and they had to rush it together. Final straw was when, after being told they would have candles for the cake, they served us our 21st birthday cake with NO CANDLES while whispered to me "they just ran out". You can imagine the birthday wish....
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great Food, great service, but noise level terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but expected a bit better
    emptynester
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a group of 5 and I made a reservation through Open Table. I requested a bit quieter area, thinking a corner or back of the room etc. Our table was in the middle of the room. Our server was ok, but not great. We were entertaining clients and she brought the check before even offering dessert. We had to ask. We did order 2 desserts and they were good. Our server did not seem happy. It could be that she was having a bad day and a lot on her mind. The food was good. They offer gluten free and that was one of the reasons we selected this restaurant. Our client ordered her gluten free choice but they were out of it that day. Overall, Mama Ricotta's was good. I would go again.
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  • Mama never disappoints
    alan
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was our son's birthday and he chose Mama Ricotta's. My wife and I had been there before but several years ago. Service was very good even though the restaurant was packed. Only three minor complaints. First, it is very noisy. Second, I had the pasta with broccoli and it could have been hotter when served. Third, our son ordered a pasta and breaded chicken dish and they overcooked the chicken to the point of being blackened on the outside. Taste was good for all of the dishes. Even with the minor things - we would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathy and Ted
    KSTS
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a very nice evening and the food we ordered was very good. I would order the same meal again. We got a family dish and it was more than enough for two people. It was crowded and there were people waiting when we left. That tells you that it is a popular place in the neighborhood for eating out. It was good to see many families there with their children. For us it is the perfect spot to have dinner before going to see a Theatre Charlotte Play which we often do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Outstanding!
    Toast
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service is always fantastic at Mama Ricotta's. If I could choose one restaurant in Charlotte to relocate to my neighborhood it would be this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama Ricotta's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I love this place. A great place for a romantic dinner for two or a great place to double date with special friends. The service was on point and the food was fantastic. From the drinks,to the appetizer,through the entrees and finishing with dessert,its always such a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.