Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Italian
When you dine at Mama Della's, it's like being invited into her warm, welcoming home. Every room transports you to the Italian countryside, where you can enjoy rustic, Old World specialties like Insalata Caprese, Veal Scallopini, Lasagna and Cacciucco, accompanied by the finest wines and strolling musicians. While you feast on authentic dishes from the Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regions, Mama herself might be there to urge you to "Mange! Mange!" Delicious Italian food served in a romantic, genuine atmosphere, makes dining at Mama Della's an experience you'll never forget. You'll find Mama Della's in the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. With its cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and even the occasional Vespa dotting the harborside, this Piazza will make you feel like you've been carried away to Portofino, Italy. It's a fantastico setting for a most magnificent Italian meal.
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vipAmandaW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the wait staff, host, food, everything! Such a great place to go for Italian! We will be back next year!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go to Mama Della’s for our anniversary dinner this year, as we’ve often heard it’s really good. We were not disappointed. The food was absolutely amazing and cooked perfectly. They have roving musician’s to add to the ambience and the singers have the voices of angels. I would highly recommend Mama Della’s for a special dinner out, and I can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Would definitely return. Food, service and ambiance was amazing. 100% recommend for date night or family dinner.

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vipNickSue22
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Entertainment was fantastic. Got the honor of meeting Mana Della who has been in business for 20 years. Great example of person to celebrate for International Women’s Day. Always eat here when we are at Universal.

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RalphR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good atmosphere bring your wallet. You get what you pay for.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and atmosphere. Will go back next trip.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very special dinner, our twins turned 5, all the staff was very attentive, food so good. Great experience

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Mindyfg
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Mama Della’s every time we are in Orlando, as it is the best Italian restaurant anywhere. The exceptional live music is the icing on the cake.

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jo4166
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Great Service! Went to Orlando for a short weekend getaway. Found some reviews about Mama's so we made reservation and went. What a great surprise. Had the Calamari - outstanding. Was torn between Bolognese and Short Ribs. The manager Carl gave me a sample of the bolognese and I was sold on it. I had it with homemade pappardelle and it was outstanding. It has chunks of shortrib in it as well - 2 for 1. My wife had the homemade Lobster Ravioli and it too was great! I would definitely go back and recommend this restaurant. We had Calvin as our waiter and he was excellent. Not pushy and let us enjoy our meals.

We even met Mama!!!

Thanks for a great meal!!

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ThomasW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was really a memorable dining experience. The food was excellent, the service was fantastic. The waiter was very helpful and very friendly and did a great job. I highly recommend Mama Della's.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, this is our forth time and we have gone every time when we have stayed at Universal Orlando. The Best Atmosphere!! A must do!

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johns
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This was our first time here, I am an UOP annual but seldom go to the hotels, it was OK my wife did not like the ravioli and it was not fresh and a little chewy, my lasagna was good but nothing special, we liked the music

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AbbyM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience! It was a magical experience that was enjoyable

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RussellW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time to dine here. Is always A+.

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Anniversary1997
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality outstanding! Our waiter was exceptional. We also enjoyed the table side music very much. Mama also was super sweet! Will definitely be going to that restaurant again when staying at the Portofino

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vipJosephC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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RaymondC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything over the top. The tenors were also very good

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Faith
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We are Annual Passholders and visit Universal 5-6 times/year, mosty staying at Loewes Portofino hotel. Until now we have not been able to secure a reservation at Mamma Dellas until this visit because I made the reservation a week in advance for our family of five. Upon arrival, we didn’t have to wait long until we were seated at our extremely uncomfortable and very cramped table. It was obvious they sat us at a table for 4 and just added a seat at the end to make it 5 seats, but the space was inadequate. At one point, I had to eat my appetizer on my lap as there was simply NOT enough room for drinks, bread, oil and butter and appetizers. A bit stressful for a mother who is trying to relax and unwind at dinner, I was focused on the puzzle making of where all the plates and drinks could go. Add to this the most uncomfortable rickety old wooden chairs which may have added to the historical old italian theme, but they hurt to sit in. The meal itself was very good, so kudos to the chefs. Our family enjoyed the salmon and shrimp dish, lobster ravioli, the lasagna, the chicken carbonara and a pizza. The pizza, chicken carbonara and salmon dish were all excellent. The lobster ravioli was okay, with ravioli a bit hard as if it were reheated too much and the gravy was well it was like gravy and not so much like sauce. The calamari as an appetizer was outstanding and plentiful. There is a lovely lady singer and an accompanying guitar musician whom stop at each table to sing a song. She was wonderful, and we felt compelled to tip her so we did ($10). All and all, it wasn’t great enough that I would recommend this place to others, but it is a good place to try out.

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GailF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The Food was basic italian, Nothing great. we split the antipasto which was the best part of the meal. I had the mussels in which were heavily -over seasoned with the pesto. my husband had the seafood saltimbocca which was just ok. Remember its universal studios and your a captive guest Don't expect the same great food or service you would get from your local eateries.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Mama Della’s is hit or miss. We enjoyed it on a prior visit, but tonight the carbonara sauce in the chicken carbonara was like glue and the pancetta was notably missing. I’ve had good carbonara in Italy and the average version we usually get in the US. This was just bad. So was the Caesar salad, which was tasteless and not fresh. On the other hand, my daughter loved her spaghetti and meatballs. Given the high prices, the food should have been far better.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! A must do if you are at Universal!!

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jiinnahB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to bring ghe family or just your special someone. Will be coming back soon.

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himandher
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The ladies restroom was dirty, not a good first impression. No toilet tissue and paper all over the floor.
They stood over us to order and no up selling on dessert, and this was Valentine's Evening. It was 9:45 pm and they just wanted us out. I wish we had not gone there and we won't go there again for any special evening.

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CamMan
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the team members we interacted with were friendly and very helpful! Food was delicious. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Mama Dellas. We like to go there after the park. Best meals and atmosphere for sure.

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SandraNight
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been back in a few years and we had a very nice time as we did back then. Food was great and serviced was very enjoyable. We love the singers who sang to me especially on a romantic weekend.

Will be back again very soon.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious but the service was average at best. Menu had a lot of options and everything we ordered was excellent. I didn’t know to ask for seating outside until I showed up for my reservation. The hostess told me it would be a 30 minute wait for an outside table. so we went outside to wait on a bench. We saw several empty tables. 30 minutes later a person came and got us and seated us at a table outside that had been empty for the entire 30 minutes. Service was slow and not very attentive.

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vipstevenc
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is my 3rd time eating here. The last two times I totally enjoyed my experience, but was disappointed this time. I felt rushed, and was out of the restaurant in 50 minutes. We also were seated near a big party, where the kids at the table were very unruly. They ruined my whole experience, needless to say the parents did nothing as the kids rolled around on the floor. They also almost bumped into my table 3 times. I was really looking forward to my meal, and left very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice Italian atmosphere

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ShelbyF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! It was amazing to have a convenient restaurant after a full day in the parks that was also delicious. The singers were also amazing. Wish they were open for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the performers were excellent, overall a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food my GO TO place for the best Italian in Orlando if not all of Florida. Beyond amazing for both food & ambience. I hate to give it such a wonderful review because I really don’t want the secret out of just how good this place is!!!!

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OTReview
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food always. The professional singers that visit the tables are extremely talented and personable. We always come here when visiting Orlando area.

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Kathyf
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I celebrate 🎉 my boyfriend surprise birthday and the staff was awesome they hell and decorated the table for us before arrive. Food was delicious and our waitress was super nice and attended. I relay recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to enjoy a really good and quality food, service and experience

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vipHasemyy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We flew in FL at night and first thing we did was eating dinner at Mama Della's. From front person to our server, the musician and the tenor singer, then of course the food, everything was just perfect. The decoration, the ambiance, just Loved it Love it and Loved it! We will definitely come back to Mama Della's when we are back to FL.

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vipLorieqb
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere and the music/entertainment was great but the food was just okay. Our server was also not very friendly or attentive.

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2 birthdays there and they didn’t forget to acknowledge it. Food and service was great! Definitely a repeat!

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vipDLWw
44 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere for sure. The food is average. Like, convention food. Pretty hotel. The singers and strolling guitarist were wonderful. I just wouldn’t go here for great, authentic Italian food.

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