Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

4.7
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1698 Reviews
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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
10 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

JC
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