Mama Ricotta's
Mama Ricotta's

Mama Ricotta's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamaricottasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7043430148x
  • 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
153 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (81)good for groups (72)great for outdoor dining (62)special occasion (61)fit for foodies (60)great for lunch (46)kid-friendly (38)romantic (35)notable wine list (34)hot spot (16)great for brunch (8)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • 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
    tia15
    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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  • 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
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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.
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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
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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
    Jwhgranite
    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
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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
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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
    • Food
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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.
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    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.
  • Italian delight
    trebid
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food tasted fresh and was delivered in a reasonable amount of time. The server was pleasant and informative. We had a good time
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Danny was excellent server, very attentive. The food was great and the desserts were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great service!
    RJAbbeVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is always amazing, and they offer a great deal of gluten free options as far as pasta goes. My wife never has any trouble getting a great meal--and this was actually the first place we felt comfortable eating GF! The service is always great, and they are kid-friendly. We went during a busy time, with many families eating, and we never felt like our talkative 15-month-old was any louder than the rest of the diners. Very welcoming atmosphere! We love Mama Ricottas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Amazing food as always! Their bread, desserts and pastas are top-notch. Service was spotty but food made up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food consisently good
    TPDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Would recommend putting prices on your beverage menu: $6.50 for a pint of Peroni draft beer is the most expensive draft beer in Charlotte.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    PrbayVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Good quality Italian food with great service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Experience with Open Table
    Bible4u2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Open Table has become my good friend when it comes to making reservation for dining, lunch and /or romantic in and out-door places. With Open Table, it is easy and convenient to make your reservation, to choose from a precise list of restaurants, the food and price.So rely on Open Table for your romantic and other occasions for your future reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    suzieque
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Haven't been back to Mama's for awhile. No reason, but sorry we weren't back sooner. Still a great neighborhood restaurant and more. Traveled from Fort Mill, SC and it was worth the trip. Food, service still great. Will definitely be back sooner than later.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ebl1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always food and service was very good! We will definitely be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service
    Tevegal
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wait staff was excellent! We had a party of 8 and all special requests were honored(food allergy issue) with finesse. Food was excellent. Our group had an assortment from Cioppino, to lasagna, to Pollo Blanco and all were delectable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sweet 16
    Sweet16
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I celebrated my sweet 16. It was a great experience. It allowed my friends and I to really enjoy and talk with one another. We sat at a round table and we ate family style. My parents found this to be very affordable .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    MrsK
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The salad, pasta, and cannoli was wonderful. It is great food, but because of the amount of small children present and noise level, it is better for groups and not for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My son enjoyed the penna alla vodka and I liked the pollo bianco. The tiramisu was outstanding as well. Great meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    Missy45
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went here for my birthday with my parents and siblings- it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.