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Mama Ricotta's
Mama Ricotta's

Mama Ricotta's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mamaricottasrestaurant.com
  • Email: mdarvill@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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Mama Ricotta's brings great traditional Northeast Italian dishes to CLT. Good size portions and tasty dishes are the trademarks of this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a reservation and had to wait a little while before being seated (not a huge deal) but when we were sat they gave us 2 free appetizers and 2 free desserts. They were awesome, the food was amazing and we will be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Whenever we're celebration a special occasion or simply want some delicious Italian fare we head to Mama Ricotta's. We were celebration my wife's birthday (one of those special years that end with a "0") and made reservations through Open Table. Arriving a couple of minutes prior to our 7:15 reservation we see the restaurant is lively. I think to myself we'll probably experience a few minutes wait and would have gladly waited as long as it took. We were sat almost immediately. No more than a couple minutes after walking in. The wait staff was spot on as always and the meal was absolutely wonderful. The portions were large and we ended up with a meal to go. :-) Can't wait for the next visit to Mama Ricotta's. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Busy Saturday night. Beautiful night so patio was choice spot. We were seated promptly thanks to reservation thru Open Table. A few big tables had out waiter hustling, but he was great and other staff were pitching in. Kitchen messed up order, but he quickly addressed and it was fine. Veal Parmesan was very good with big portion. Mom had the excellent penne, broccoli and chicken with plenty to take home. Good super Tuscan by the glass. Always pleases with Mamas!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "After eating at other restaurants under the same ownership as Mama Ricotta's, I was surprised and a bit disappointed to discover that the food, quality and uniqueness of Mama's was not on par with its sister restaurants. Not that anything we ate tasted bad; most of it was just bland and lacked much excitement. The pollo Romano was dry, even with the cheese and bit of tomato sauce that was added on top. The two sides we ordered were, however, both nicely done: the goat cheese and mascarpone polenta got tastier with each bite and the asparagus was flavored and cooked well. The dessert menu looked fantastic, and both desserts we ordered were huge portions and pretty tasty. Not a bad place, but I'll probably choose elsewhere for Italian."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was our first visit since the renovations. We found the noise level to be high. It was a Friday night. Restaurant was full. Had calamari app-it was good, average. Linguine with white clam sauce very good. Lasagne was reported very good. I ordered pasta primavera w/oil and garlic. Extremely bland. No garlic. Was asked what I wanted them to do. Add red sauce? No, I wanted the garlic sauce and the rest of the table was already finished eating. I agreed to have it re-tossed with garlic to bring home. It was good the next day. Server was very attentive."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Good food, very good service, overall very nice place to go with friends for a mid priced dinner."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The goat cheese marscapone appetizer is to die for. I order it every time I go. I am proud to call myself a "regular" at this excellent restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Went for the vegetarian flatbread and panini at lunch. We weren't disappointed. Great lunch spot."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a new place to try out, and this one came recommended so we thought we would give it a go. We are so glad that we did. We ordered the cheesy bread appetizer which was phenomenal, then a family sized pasta plate, which we are still enjoying leftovers from, and finally the Nutella pie which I can hardly put into words how good it was. The best part was all this was very affordable. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was tasty, loved the family-style dining options. It was pretty noisy and we had to wait 30 minutes dispute our reservation. When a place is that packed you know it must be a local favorite."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a wonderful choice in dining! We were treated with excellent service, and the food was to die for! I would strongly recommend this restaurant. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We decided to go out to dinner last minute so we booked with Open Table at Mama Ricotta's. Our dinner reservation was at 9:30 (with options that went later), but upon arriving we realized they closed at 10:00 pm. They were already starting to clean up and get out of there. We felt a little rushed even though our waitor, Patrick was extremely nice and helpful. The food was good, but not great. I had been once before and it was better the first time. If you go try to go earlier, I could see it being romantic. Everything is probably much better at a reasonable dinner hour rather than at 9:30 at night."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "A nice place to meet a friend for lunch or bring the family for a special occasion or for dinner. That is what I did on Saturday; as everyone cajn find something they like on the menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance. But the best part of the experience was our server, Danny. Attentive, but not overly. Will be back again asking for Danny."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I absolutely love Mama Ricottas! The best Italian food in Charlotte by far!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food is outstanding! Calamari is a must! Love the fact you can bring in wine with a minimal corkage fee! The staff is first class."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Amazing Italian food tucked in a non descript area. Had to meet in the area so gave it a whirl! The bread & oil -- don't forget the balsamic vinegar was great! I had the eggplant special and my husband had a chicken dish. Everything was delicious ! Our server Danny was great -- wonderful suggestions and quick. We will definitely go back -- preferably with more time so we could enjoy more food!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I enjoyed this dinner so much. Quick service, while it felt relaxed like a fine dining experience. Fantastic food!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Excellent food excellent service. First time visit and will certainly make this one of our regular spots in charlotte"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Mama Ricotta's is a great dining experience for lunch and dinner. Great for a business lunch with very fresh and good tasting salads."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The pasta was excellent. The bread pudding dessert was the best bread pudding I have ever had."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My family and I enjoyed our dinner at Mama Ricotta's. Our waiter's name was Eric and he was great! After reading some of the reviews, we ordered the mascarpone and goat cheese dip and the Nutella pie. They were correct!! So good!!! I had one of the specials, Cioppino, which was excellent"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A friend recommended this Mama's. We decided to try it. We had a great dinner. Everything was brought out quickly and was very good. We brought desert home (also wonderful). This will be our goto Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've been to Mama Ricotta's on several occasions. This is the first time that I noticed how loud it was. There were several large tables so maybe that was why but my companion and I had a hard time talking to each other. The food was excellent as always with generous portions. My friend is a foodie and loved the chicken dish he had. i ordered a pizza for a first and I especially loved the crust. We were disappointed that the chianti that we ordered was noted as an award winner but when the waiter brought the bottle it was a different year. We had to point out the difference and we were told they were out of the other wine. However, all in all a nice time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed the evening meal. Proud that my friends enjoyed it also."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My husband & I really enjoyed our visit Friday night. Everything was delicious! We started off with the Goat Cheese/Marscapone Appetizer & my husband I split the family sized Penne a la Vodka which was plenty! We had enough left over to bring home. Our Server was Patrick & we couldn't have been happier with the service! He was ON TOP of everything & had suggestions/advice on menu options. He was extremely pleasant & made our visit that much more enjoyable. Thank you Patrick! -the people with the new baby on their first date night out :)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I enjoy the food, the service, the staff was very friendly. If you have a date this is the perfect spot for dinner!!!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Have always enjoyed Mama Ricotta's but this recent visit was below par. It seems that they have changed the calamari preparation/recipe. Not as good as previous times. Further, presentation of the main courses was below their typical standard. Our Chicken Bianco orders looked like they had been "slopped" on the plate like a mess hall serving."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My husband and I live in Salisbury, so we don't make it to Mama Ricotta's as often as we'd like. But anytime we're close by, we make a point to stop in. Their entrees are all fantastic, but it is the goat cheese dip appetizer and bread pudding dessert that make us repeat visitors. The service is always impressive and the ambience lovely."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We always look forward to returning to Momma Ricotta!! Always consistent and the food is incredible! We've been coming for many, many years!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had the special of the day which was recommended by our waiter it was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I think I have a negative aura about me; every time I order my gluten free pasta with chicken, tomatoes & tomato cream sauce - because that's one of the only GF items on their menu, it comes to the table wrong! I am so easy to please, but if I order the "GF pasta w/ chicken", you'd think that's what I'd get. No chicken this time. They wanted to take my plate back so I could sit there & watch my husband eat while they fixed it. I kept my plate & told them to bring the chicken & I would add it. Instead I got a huge bowl of sauce with chicken swimming in it; I guess that's how they heat up the chicken. Please just give it to me as you have it on your menu! It's not a special order!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was excellent and servings are generous. I had the Shrimp Picatta and there were more shrimp than I could eat. The polenta was creamy and flavorful. The rest of our group enjoyed their entrees as well. Lovely dinner out with friends."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We are huge fans of Mama Ricotta's. We've taken out of town friends here and they love it. It's perfect for a week night family dinner or a weekend date night. Good is always delicious and service is always excellent."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Very loud, waiter never filled water glasses, never brought children menu when requested. Brought teen ager drink in a plastic cup,,, even though ordered from the adult menu."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We love Mama's every time we go, so it was easy to select for special occasions as well. The menu covers many different palate types from pizza's to all the Italian favorites and some house originals. The oversize portions assure leftovers for another day. I would recommend the Sangria, It's a light but tasty drink that leaves room for dessert. The desserts are awesome, but only order one to share, they are large. Even though the place was booked full, the service was great and always with a smile. We had a great night, and look to go back soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nearly everything was wonderful! It was a busy night, yet the service was attentive & responsive. We ate on the covered patio - it got warm out there, but the server turned the heat down, so the heater above our table wasn't on all the time. They played the Rolling Stones rather than Sinatra, it was odd to eat such sumptuous food while listening to Sympathy for the Devil. I didn't care for the patio; the seats are uncomfortable, and it was hot & noisy, since it's enclosed in clear vinyl for winter. The delicious food more than made up for it, and being out there ended up being a minor factor; it would be perfect on a warm evening, if they got some kind of chair cushions."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As always, Mama Ricotta's delivered an excellent dinner. Good service combined with superb food made for a great experience. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Not super fancy, but we had good service and good food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014