Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
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Mama's Famous Recipe Braised Beef, Italian Pork Sausage, Bechamel and Marinara Sauces
Mama's Homemade Parsley Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce, Ricotta Cheese and Mozzarella
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Ground Beef Brisket Meatballs, with Marinara Sauce
Awesome food! Great music and stellar service! Hope to return next time I visit Universal!
Excellent Italian food. Much better than BICE. The food is authentic Italian. We had the carbonara, veal picatta , and lasagna. Quick service too. My only issue was that they do not honor the 10% off for Universal Annual pass holders.
Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful Mohammed and the entire staff where great!!
Solid italian restaurant, good choices, all well prepared. Some dishes are great, others so-so but service is always top notch. The garlic shrimp scampi is a great appetizer and several of the chicken dishes and filet are good. Their seafood dishes are hit or miss as is the lasagna which is sometimes great and other times average.
Food is amazing!! Service fast and friendly. Loved the live singer...added to the whole experience.
The food was fantastic and there was live music wandering through the restaurant! Perfect place for a date night
Excellent evening. The food was delicious, the music was wonderful and the service top notch.
I love this place, especially since it’s right in center of everything at Portofino Bay. The music is divine, the food is yummy, and the prices are reasonable for good Italian. The service is superb. Dress is resort casual, but some dressed up. Definitely coming back!
It was exactly what we were looking for. Casual enough to feel comfortable but food was outstanding. Loved it!
Had our anniversary dinner here. It was absolutely the best. Had look at Bice and the Palm but decided to go with Mama Della’s and was not disappointed. The waiter was one of the best we have ever had, the food was wonderful, especially the dipping sauce with garlic cloves for the bread. We were serenaded table side. The house red wine was recommended by the person checking us into the hotel and was great! The price was very reasonable. 10/10.
Worth it for a night out. Will definitely be back.Try it
Wonderful atmosphere and the food was amazing. We had heard great things and it lived up to our expectations. Will definitely be back and will be telling our clients we serve as travel agents to try mama Della’s on their visits!
I don't know if Mama's have fallen victim to being understaffed, but the warm homey friendly atmosphere I enjoyed was not there. From the moment I walked in, I did not get the usual welcome or service I loved about this restaurant. I felt sad because it was my favorite. It is no longer my "must have" experience at Universal.
Always a great choice
Service really bad. Appetizers and entrees arrived same time, we said we wanted later so they brought it later… it was apparent that they put it on a microwave!!!
Hours to get dessert, it was a sorbet!
On the good note, they have a guitarrist and women singing which is really nice.
Excellent service and good! Would highly recommend!
Great food in a casual family friendly environment
Everything at this place is home-made or at least it tastes like it!
This place is a gem. We were looking for dinner we could walk to without leaving the portofino bay property. This was the highest rated place. We didn't have a reservation, so we waited 45 mins and got some coffee. The entire wait staff was phenomenal. They weren't overbearing and they were all very thoughtful/fast... they asked do you want all the food at once or to have it coursed and brought out in stages. I'm pretty sure the sweet, old lady bringing us our food was "Mama Della" herself. She oversaw the entire kitchen and brought the food to you. the look on her face when you told her how amazing the food was was priceless.
Everybody gets bread (crunch sticks, rosemary, and garlic clove infused) with garlic olive oil dipping sauce. We ordered the calamari> perfectly cooked crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The dipping marinara was delicious and properly spicy (yum). the white bean soup was the perfect flavor and temperature and perfectly decorated with cheese. The chix carbonara and salmon/shrimp cheese/wine sauce was the best we have ever had. Even the cheesecake was beautifully garnished with strawberries and gold flake.
It was so gooooood, we made a reservation to come back to the next night. We got calamari again, ceasar salad, lasagna and gnocchi. Everything again was prepared to perfection. This place provided us with the most comprehensive/enjoyable dining experience we have had in years.
Also: both nights there were two gentlemen serenading table with acoustic guitar and opera (same guy who sings on the piazza overlooking the water). You can request the song!!! I thought I had died and went to heaven coming to this place.
We received great service at this charming restaurant- amazingly, they seemed to have retained their excellent staff during the pandemic. We had a perfect three course meal with a nice Italian Rosso. If you’ve read this much all you need to do now is go there and enjoy!
Friendly knowledgeable server. Kitchen must have crashed because after our appetizers we waited over an hour for our entrees. Not the servers fault but she could have communicated more. Food was great.
What an unexpected treat. The food and service were impeccable, and the live music just put it over the top. Highly recommended!
Amazing food, great service, and a fantastic ambiance. Our waiter was incredibly pleasant and knowledgeable and the rotating singer was absolutely amazing. Great value, as well, especially for a theme park!
Food was excellent. They would not seat us until our entire (6) party was there even though the restaurant was only half full. We asked for a cocktail while we waited and they said no.
Wonderful atmosphere, service & food. Will be going back!
Beautiful-delicious and wonderful service. We loved the entertainment. Honestly, loved the whole vibe-the kids even enjoyed it which is a win for this mom.
The best experience, delicious food the best place we eaten around here by far.
Fantastic place. Food was great and service was awesome. Best Calamari ever. Very nice gentleman playing the guitar. Defintely recommend.
My kids and I love this place. Home cooking that is upscale. The 3 gentleman who sing to you at your table is fun for all!! Our server Lindsay was exceptional- she got us everything we needed in a timely manner! Can’t wait to go back!
Food and atmosphere was great! Could use more choices of entrees, but was good portion sizes for the price. Excellent service
The food was delicious and served faster than I expected. It was nice to have an entertainer rounding, signing beautifully.
Must go for a nice night out with either family or significant other, food is authentic and phenomenal
What an oasis after a tiring day. The service by Vianney was perfect. The food, great and the ambiance spot on.
Excellent all around experience Would definitely do again
We first came here for our honeymoon 17 years ago. We were not sure if the magic we remembered would hold up to the memory. We were not disappointed. Our server was attentive and the musicians were so fun. It felt like we were in an Italian kitchen eating home cooked food. Very happy.
Food was delicious. Great service and atmosphere. We had pollo carbonara and gnocchi and Caprice salad. The bread is to die for .
One of the best places I've visited. What a unique experience.
We had a wonderful time. The food was wonderful and the strolling musicians and singers added the perfect touch to our dining experience.
The place is great, food is also great but limited menu options. The best part was the serenading at your table, the guys were great! Will be back for more next time we are in Orlando.
Wow. Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere with entertainment for dinner. The calamari was some of the best I’ve had. Both the gnocchi and carbonara were delicious.
Will be back again!
There was a table near ours that had at least 10 obnoxious, loud, intoxicated people. The men were using vulgar language and were mocking the waiters name. I would not eat at this restaurant again due to this. I would get take out. You need to be more aware of how much people are served and when they become a hinderance in others.
Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 1970 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.