Mamma Lucia of Olney
Mamma Lucia of Olney

Mamma Lucia of Olney

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mammaluciarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 301-570-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: WiFi

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sandy Spring Road (RT 108)
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mamma Lucia of Olney
While Bruno was running the successful Rockville Mamma Lucia, his future partner was operating his namesake restaurant, "Jimmy's Place" in Gaithersburg, MD. Introduced by a mutual friend, Jimmy and Bruno soon became good friends and, of course, had the restaurant business as a mutual interest. Having been raised in the Bronx, NY by his native Italian parents (from Rome and Naples,) Bruno had worked at his father’s Italian restaurant since he was 14 years old. Jimmy is a native of the Washington area and, after graduating from the University of Maryland, he left the real estate business to open "Jimmy's Place". The two became business partners in Mamma Lucia in 1997. Since then, they have opened restaurants in Bethesda, Olney and Fallsgrove in Rockville, MD. With Bruno’s dedication to the freshest ingredients for his kitchens and Jimmy’s drive for outstanding customer service, the results are a winning combination!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Mamma Lucia of Olney reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (8)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (5)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Italian
    jbee
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    As usual the staff is friendly the restaurant is very well maintained. The environment is good for children and adults the food is tasty while good
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They make excellent Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    They make excellent Pizza and have a large selection of entrees. Their antipasto salad was also very good
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We had an excellent dinner at Mama Lucia's after a show at Olney. Huge portions - delicious food, cooked to perfection. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and dinner!
    buzzVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Great food, service and dinner! We'll be back...your pizza now tastes like the Rockville location, which is an original and is outstanding!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food; too generous portions
    framyproctVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We've been going to Mama Lucia's for many years. My husband likes the pasta dishes which are so large he always immediately separates it into two portions and takes half home.. I usually get salads and vegetables. I recently got a special brussel sprouts and pancetta appetizer that was outstanding. Last time I had asparagus and smoked salmon which was great. Their salads are a good size(for me that means large). The house dressing is very vinegary which I also like.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Value
    BeachEatsVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    By no means is Mamma Lucia a fancy, pretentious restaurant. It's located in an Olney strip mall and looks pretty ordinary from the outside. However, once you get inside, you'll be impressed by the selection and quality of the Italian offerings. The bread and rolls were tasty, the salads were solid, and our entries (Ziti for my wife, lasagna for myself) were very good. The serving sizes were very large. We had enough leftovers to make another meal the next night. The prices were very reasonable. We've got Mamma Lucia on our list of spots and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    BettisVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    food is only average, and prices are not. I have been many times, food quality has really dropped off. pizza average at best. pasta - poor
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Graduation Lunch
    barblout
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Prfect for our group. Food was just fine, service was great, lots of lunch choices.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Don't be fooled by the location!
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Olney is full of great places to eat and one may be initially fooled by the strip-mall appearance of Mama Lucia, that the food will be quick, pedestrian fare. Not the case! Mama Lucia is truly a neighborhood gem appropriate for friends and family gatherings of all sizes. Great portions, a substantial menu to chose from, and consistently friendly service. Worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    Maryann
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The food is excellent. My son asked for a different sauce and for the chef to take out the calamari and replace with scallops and it was not a problem at all. The bread and diping sauce was fantastic - garlic, oil and cheese on toasted bread. I personally had the Capellini Adriacata and it was wonderful. The seafood was cooked perfectfully and the sauce was light and very tasty. The protions are large so you will no doubtly have leftovers to take home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Mother's Day Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The entire team there was fantastic, welcoming, and warm. Thanks!
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  • review
    20kwg1
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    As usual, the food was great!!! The person keeping our glasses full was outstanding. The waitress was not very attenative. We ask for boxes for leftovers when we received our food but she failed to inform us that she would take care of packaging our leftovers when she removed our plates at the end. It took her a long time to bring our bill and she never came to collect payment--we had to hunt her down. She couldn't remember who order what, but she did get every thing we ordered right. Since we were a party of 7, the 18% gratuity was automatically added. All of us definitely felt that her service didn't warrant that much. I'm hoping that she was new and will get better with time, but since her tip was automatic, I'm not so sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    Mamma Lucia's is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always amazing, staff is friendly and the owner is seen throughout the restaurant. Wine list is exceptional. Oneo fmy pet peeves is going into a restaurant that does not have red wine glasses and they have them! The pour is generous and fairly priced. Definitely kid friendly and the kids menu has a lot of options. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dine here on a regular basis.
    RSH0407VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    A restaurant that we frequent on a regular basis. The food here is quite delicious and we have never been disappointed. The Italian bread with "jimmi" sauce is excellent. My wife's favorite is fetachini bolognse. I really enjoy the penne with vodka sauce. I can assure you will not be disappointed.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy and family friendly
    Julie
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    A bit pricey but good food, i would recommend to anyone
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were quite disappointed
    FingerLakesgalVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We were quite disappointed as this was our neighborhood "go to" Italian restaurant. The portions, as always, were huge, but not particularly flavorful and my chicken was very dry.
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  • Dependable Italian food from
    sbc1023VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Dependable Italian food from local chain. Wine list pricey for a neighborhood chain.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bread and water arrived immediately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Bread and water arrived immediately, but the veal marsala was diluted by the flat red sauce of the spaghetti. The veal itself was poor quality for $22.50. Having tried this fare, we will patronize other Olney restaurants.
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  • Always enjoy dining here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Always enjoy dining here! Food is fresh and hot and delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, sub par service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We love dining at Mama Lucia restaurants. We especially like this location because of the atmosphere. The food was delicious as always, but the service was terrible on this occasion. Every other time we have been there the service has been pretty good, but this time our waitress seemed to be brand new (and if not new, not well trained), did not know the menu or alchohol selection at all, and forgot to put our order in. I can forgive a mistake, but when she told us that we had been waiting for our food longer than it took 4 other tables to be sat, served, and paid out, I was a little insulted. That said, the food is awesome and we will most likely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything worked out fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Everything worked out fine because our reservation was fairly early but when we got there they didn't seem to have the reservation which kind of surprised me after having tried your service for the first time......so maybe next time I need to try to make a reservation sooner or maybe they did have it but the hostess didn't seem to give the impression that the restaurant did!!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good selection of seafood
    jtbbkbVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Very good selection of seafood entrees. Lobster Ravioli and the Cappelini Adriatico were very good! Wednesday is also half price wine bottle night!! Outstanding service by our waiter (David) and staff.
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  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Great time had by all; the food (as always) was delicious and more than enough; the manager came over to acknowledge our group and took part in singing happy birthday to our guest of honor; it was the first for many in the group but everyone wants to return -- everything was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fast, tasty, reasonably priced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Fast, tasty, reasonably priced. A good neighborhood staple. Just LOVE the lasagna. Very buttery/cheesy!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Rice balls in tomatao
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Great Rice balls in tomatao sauce as a starter. Salmon alla forno was perfect and a good portion. my guest enjoy the classic chicken cutlet parm. Nice itailan red. good meal. Perfect local place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try someplace else.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We had a 7:15 reservation on New Year’s, expected a crowd, but the reservation was pretty much useless because from what we could tell, the manager “Rick” chose to “override” the system to sit larger parties first. We were not the only ones frustrated by this. Rick’s enthusiasm extended so far as to request a couple move mid-meal so that he could accommodate a larger group. As the clock on the reservation system was incorrect, whatever it says was the time we sat down that information would be wrong. We were easily 10 minutes early for our reservation and easily 30 minutes beyond our reservation when seated. It would have been better not to have taken reservations for that evening than to have inconvenienced so many;
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  • My husband and I went to Mamma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    My husband and I went to Mamma Lucia's on New Year's Eve. Very good food and service! Highly recommended over The Olive Garden! Food is authentic and portions are extremely large so we took half of it home with us. Table was available when we requested it to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good service and food
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Very good service and food was very good. I was very pleased with the salmon. good portion and the grilled piece was very good. Many of the guests had shrimp dishes which they all enjoyed.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, service mediocre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    Food was good, service mediocre. Our waiter was clearing the table (salt and pepper shakers, sugar, cream, etc.) as we were having our coffee. I'm sure we'll be back, but hope we have a different waiter.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what you'd expect from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Just what you'd expect from a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Good food, decent wine, lots of families and attentive but not overbearing wait staff. All around good place to grab dinner.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 'Hat's off to MamaLucia if Olney
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Always a winner in Olney. Service is prompt, courteous and spot on, Their servers and bus service are always there to serve, refill clean-up and take an order. They know the kitchen, the meals, what's fresh and what's good and what not to order. The managers always come around to ask how things are. Mama Lucia of Olney has spoiled me. I tried their pizza not to long ago and it;s hard for me now to accept anything less.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like almost all restaurants
    Pickyeatersreview
    Dined on 11/18/2012
    Like almost all restaurants we visit, the noise level is too high! Addition of some sound mufflling features would be welcome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for in Olney for a meal
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    I had the house salad and the NY steak, both were very good. Added a glass of Chianti and it was the perfect meal with friends. Service was good and friendly. I enjoy Mamma Lucia's. It is a family (two families actually) owned restaurant that is consistently good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had 11 people coming to
    Diane102360
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    We had 11 people coming to dinner that night-one from Tysons, 2 from Bethesda, one from Columbia and the rest relatively close by. I cannot stand when a restaurant won't seat a group until everyone arrives-so annoying! That was not the case this night at Mamma Lucia's and we appreciate that! It only benefits the server when people can be seated and start ordering, right? Thanks~
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    special occasion
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  • The restaurant had a very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    The restaurant had a very large group of high school students which made service a bit slower than usual and a bit more chaotic - forgot to bring bread, forgot to ask about salads, etc. Otherwise it was good food as usual.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific, but won't be going back.
    Mars
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The service and food were a cut above similarly styled restaurants. ALL staff, without exception, were welcoming and friendly without being overbearing. The portions were generous, and the high quality of ingredients is obvious. The decor and setting are pleasant, albeit mildly cramped, and fairly shouts "upscale family". However, even given the service and quality, it's hard to reconcile $15 spaghetti & meatballs, a $23 veal parmigiana and a $27 pizza with my financial reality. They appear to be doing very well, but they'll have to continue without me. Shame.
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  • Usually a great neighborhood
    N13013VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Usually a great neighborhood go-to place, our food was only average that night. Mussels were very very small, sauces were way too sweet. Salads were good though and our server very attentive.
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  • This was my first time visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    This was my first time visiting a Mamma Lucia establishment (was the Onley, MD location) and I was underwhelmed. This was not a terrible experience, but one that didn't match expectations. When I go to a restaraunt that advertizes entrees in the $15-30 range, I expect things like cracked pepper to be offered with my food and don't expect the server to ask me if I "want to keep my fork" when taking my empty salad plate (that was never graced with croutons). The staff I came into contact with were polite/friendly; nothing stood out a terrible or exceptional. As for the meal, again I was underwhelmed by our dishes, but this could have simply been due to our choices. That said, I don't expect to return to and try other options on the menu.
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  • Great food and the leftovers
    Lynn429VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Great food and the leftovers were also excellent 3 days later!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Standard, comforting Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Standard, comforting Italian food, at the right price. Tastes the way you like it and presented nicely. Homey and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate