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Mama Ricotta's
Mama Ricotta's

Mama Ricotta's Details

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a few issues while we were there--nothing too bad-- but the waitress and the manager were very apologetic and accommodating. The food was delicious. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were there for restaurant week so it was busier than I recall from previous visits, but the food was amazing. We had 4 amazing courses but the portions were perfect so I actually got to enjoy all 4 courses. The Panna Cotta was perfect, might be my new favorite. The Penne alla Vodka was mouthwatering. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good, authentic Italian dish in Charlotte. Our server was on the ball all night which made the experience even more enjoyable. We will be going back, often!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have been to Mama Ricotta's a few times, and I've always enjoyed it. My favorite entrée is their chicken parmesan, and when I saw it was on the Restaurant Week menu, my sister and I had to go. I thought they might give tiny portions because of the fixed menu, but I was wrong! I got the salad and my sister got the bruschetta for our apps, and they were both good. We each loved the chicken parmesan as our entrée, and who wouldn't love Nutella cannoli for dessert? The only real issue was that our reservation was at 8, and we didn't get seated until 8:15 because people were lingering - that is a big issue with Restaurant Week in general, so I don't blame Mama Ricotta's for that one. All in all, great experience, and we'll be coming back!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our meal from start to finish (four courses) was well presented, arrived timely and tasted very good. All food tasted fresh and homemade. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Whoa, that place has the BEST Italian food around. Great atmosphere and great service. We made reservations on their website. I requested a nice table for my wife's birthday. We arrived at the specified time, and we were seated immediately at a great table. I highly recommend using the reservation service. It can get pretty busy around dinner time. If you have not been to Mama Ricotta's yet. Your are missing out..."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Very efficient, friendly staff. Excellent service. Delicious food. Portions were quite generous. A wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "you certainly have your $30 worth of food. the home made mozzarella was a little plain but very good after adding salt and pepper, the home made cheese ravioli were delicious, the shrimps were good, as well as the desert. The problem we were not hungry any more. All in all, a good place to go any time, very reasonably priced and certain item are really very good."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our dinner was excellent, the service was also and no complaints on the drinks either. I would highly recommend Mama Ricotta's."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Maybe we hit it on a bad night, but my food just wasn't up to par with my past experiences. It's been awhile, I wonder if something changed?"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Loved the penne alla vodka... Will return to try other items on the menu since everything sounded so good."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Waited a few moments before being greeted. Very friendly staff. The Veal Parmesan tasted like the veal patties were brought in frozen and then dumped into a fryer. Very nasty. Had an awful greasy taste. Soup was good. Chopped Salad started out good but after a while, it started to have a bad taste. Not sure why this restaurant was voted best Italian food. We love to eat Italian foods and have tried numerous Italian Restaurants. This was by far, THE WORST."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Despite numerous positive reviews, I never gave serious thought about eating here on a date night because it's located at the end of a strip mall. The food exceeded our expectations. The attire of the patrons was casual business/casual so people were comfortable but we went prior to going uptown for drinks and felt a little overdressed. Very extensive menu and the food was delicious. Servers were knowledgeable and provided the right amount of attention throughout our meal. We are definitely going back and would recommend this to anyone looking for a great Italian meal at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was great and the portions were very large for a Queen's Feast pairing. We both ordered the 4 course special for $30 each. The wine was discounted at 20% based upon if you selected the Queen's Feast menu, which we did. The only real issue was the delay between courses based upon the turnout. The restaurant could have prepared more."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We will definitely be back to Mama Ricotta's! It's about a 45 min drive from our home, but it was absolutely worth it. Every dish was perfectly seasoned and delicious and the service was excellent. They have a very extensive wine list and a full bar. The weather was nice so we sat outside for a quieter experience. The restaurant was full so it was rather noisy inside as you would expect with a packed place. The manager stopped by and chatted with us which was very nice. Definitely a new favorite date night spot for us!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We sat at pizza oven seating this time.I had pizza & husband ordered off restaurant week menu.Everything was very good but we really love their pizzas.I will say we prefer Nova's bakery cannoli to Mama's cannoli but these were still good. Guy making the pizza checked with me as he pulled my pizza out of the oven to see if it looked good & it was perfectly made. He wasn't even our server but he checked back in later to see if the pizza was good.He talked to us if we wanted to talk but didn't intrude if we were talking to each other.Our waitress was attentive but not annoyingly so.She helped with describing 2 wines I was trying to chose between & I appreciate that.Drives me nuts when servers know nothing about the wine.We always love MR's"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I brought my teenage children and their friends to Mama Ricotta's and had a great experience. They loved the bread and spiced oil. We had the calamari and the kids split a family sized portion of ravioli and a sausage pizza. Food was delicious. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was the third time dining here. The first two times were with work and the food was obnoxious delicious, that was not the case this time. I could barely cut my tiny piece of lasagna that was recommended to me by the server. The penna a la vodka was so spicy my moms eyes watered and the waiter wasn't very attentive or knowledgeable. Dessert was amazing. We had nutella pie and gellato. I would definitely visit again but hope this time was a fluke."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We can always depend on Mama Ricotta's for a great meal. Our group has eaten at this restaurant about 6 or more times this year. We always book for before going to the theater. This meal was as good as it gets! Super salmon and chicken dinners and we like to share. Having our plates prepared in the kitchen is what we expect each time and we are never dissappointed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 6 but 12 showed up & they were very accommodating!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A experienced a delay in delivery at our table of our dinner order. That was unfortunate and the manager expressed his disappointment and urged us to accept desserts, on the house. Very nice."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We love Mama Ricotta's and come here often. The food is the best Italian in the area. We came this time for lasagna month, and they did not disappoint! Food was delicious and we enjoyed a nice Sunday lunch on the patio."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband had never been to this restaurant. We both love Italian. He ordered pizza and I ordered the ravioli with meat sauce. Excellent and very tasty food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always enjoy your great food. Our friends with us ordered a margaritta that was pretty bad, even after the re-do of it. Other than that, all was good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food at Mama Ricotta's never disappoints. This time, I asked for dish that was not on the menu and the chef obliged and simply made my evening! We had the lasagna and cacio e pepe. The goat cheese appetizer was to die for (as always). The Mama-tini was refreshingly perfect, however the house margarita was a little watered down....next time will special order it, instead of just getting the house one....Overall great experience and delicious food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We dined at Mama Ricotta's while traveling. We were out for our daughter's birthday. I found the restaurant from a google search of locally owned establishments. The food was excellent. The portions were large. We had the pasta with vodka sauce, the pasta with broccoli and lemon cream sauce, and pollo Romano. The highlight was the Mama's salad. The family portion was huge, the dressing was incredible, and at $13 it was a great value. The restaurant provided a homemade cannoli complete with a candle for my daughter. This place is phenomenal."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "While the food is always delicious , and the service impeccable, the noise level is high. My husband and I had to strain to hear each other talk."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Came back after 3 years to check it out and wasn't disappointed. Pasta dishes were good, as expected, chicken piccata good to excellent, salads okay, sandwiches tasty. Décor is mid 1950's Cleveland or somewhere. It really could use a major overhaul but they probably keep their price reasonably low by not spending money on decorations. It's not a top-notch place but it's a safe choice for a fairly good meal at a fairly reasonable price. You won't impress your new hot date but Aunt Louise will love it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a great place for good family food. Everyone can find something on the menu they like. Some of the pasta dishes can be spicy so make sure you ask about that when you order. The chopped salad is delicious and the wait staff was wonderful. It can be quite noisy which is fine for family dining."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The Tuscan salad is the best! Mama's is my go-to place for out of town friends and family."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The bread has either been changed or they left in oven too long. Was TOO hard. Need to go back to offering softer bread with this dip--can't appreciate the rich texture of the dip when it's served on a hockey puck."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food is always delicious and I look forward to the chef specials....they never disappoint!! Oh, and the Nutella pie is mind blowing!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was great, staff was more than accommodating. I was quite cold and they adjusted the air conditioner. Danny was a terrific server and I felt as though I was welcomed into a private home rather than a restaurant."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Always love coming here! Food was great, service was good, and the wine was good. It's a very enjoyable restaurant."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Food is Fabulous! Food is so fresh and delicious. Apple dessert is to die for."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great Italian food located in CLT - affordable prices, great patio, and vibrant indoor space to catch up with friends. Rigatoni was delicious with sweet yet spicy tomato sauce and meat that adds great texture and flavor. Dollop of ricotta is a must! Calamari was delicious - a little on the salty side but add the lemon juice and you won't regret the choice."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary at Mama Ricotta's. I had the special which was grilled swordfish over a bread salad. The fish was beautifully grilled and the salad had slices of fresh tomato. The house Barolo dressing was delicious. My husband's pasta dish was also very good. Try the tiramisu, they give you a huge portion."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The server came over with an attitude that got worse throughout the meal. She barely greeted us when we sat down, she got us our drinks and when asked what the specials were she didn't know and had to go ask. When she came back to tell us about the specials, she seemed to be annoyed that we even asked. We ordered appetizers and the calamari was outstanding and I highly recommend it! She snapped at us when asked if salads came with the entrees. A simple "no" would of been appreciated. As we were half way through our appetizers when our entrees were brought out. It wasn't busy but we all felt rushed. If I wanted fast food I would of went to McDonald's. We spent over $100.00 on this meal and left unhappy. Food was delicious!!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Mama Ricotta's is one of the best restaurants in the city. The staff is extremely attentive and knowledgeable, and the food is simply amazing. My family and I eat here at least once a month and we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Never a bad experience here. Consistent and smart menu."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Delicious Burrata(amazing mozzarella and bread) is a must. All four entres ordered were excellent: shrimp and crab risotto, salmon arrostiti, Amma's cheese ravioli (just like grandma used to make), and chicken Parmesan. Two in our party are Italian and commented everything we tried was really tasty, even the Tiramisu! Server Daniel was spot on with wine and food recommendations as well as service. Love the decor renovation. With wooden wine crate wall, Italian photographs, subway tiles and upscale lighting, I thought I was in NYC! Great evening!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014