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Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

4.7
4.7
2061 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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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

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (407) 503-3463

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Leon Teow

  • Neighborhood

    I Drive / Sand Lake

  • Cross street

    Universal Orlando

  • Parking details

    Reduced valet or complimentary self-parking is available for local guests of Mama Della's Ristorante. Please bring your parking ticket for validation.

  • Entertainment

    What is more romantic than musical accompaniment to a delectable Italian meal? Every night, strolling musicians delight diners at Mama Della's Ristorante. Listen as they play Italian favorites like "That's Amore", "Arrivederci Roma", "Mama" or "Angelina". Or, request your very own table side serenade. Before or after dinner at Mama Della's, guests can also enjoy the MUSICA DELLA NOTTE show each night at sunset (weather permitting) in the Harbor Piazza; it's a musical celebration capturing the romance and charm of Italy.

  • Additional

    Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Gluten Free Pasta Available. Please note that some specialty items may take longer to prepare

Primi Piatti

  • Pasta e Fagioli$8.00

    White Bean Soup, Ditalini Pasta, Pancetta Base, Spinach

    • Mama della Insalata Caesar$9.00

      Herb Croutons, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan

      • Insalata Mama Della$8.00

        Mixed Greens, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic Vinaigrette

        • Calamari Fritti**$17.00

          Crispy Capers, Marinara

          • Gamberi Scampi$15.00

            Jumbo Shrimp, Lemon Butter, Garlic, Crostini

            • Classico Caprese$16.00

              Fresh Mozzarella Log, Vine-Ripened Tomato, Olive Oil, Balsamic Glaze, Fresh Basil

              • Bruschetta con Burrata$14.00

                Fresh Burrata, Oven Melted Tomatoes, Grilled Ciabatta, Arugula, Balsamic Glaze

                • Pan-Steamed Mussels$16.00

                  Garlic, Pancetta, Pesto Green Sauce, Chopped Parsley, Garlic Crostini

                  • Antipasto della Mama**$15.00

                    Marinated Olives, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Roasted Red Peppers Sliced Capicola, Prosciutto, Salami, Aged Provolone, Pecorino Cheese

                    Piatto Principale

                    • Gnocchi**$24.00

                      Mama's Homemade Parsley Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce, Ricotta Cheese and Mozzarella

                      • Loup de Mer$36.00

                        Pan-Seared Branzino, Eggplant Caponata, Brussels Sprouts, Creamer Potato, Fresh Puttanesca

                        • Veal Piccata$38.00

                          White Wine Lemon-Butter Caper Sauce, Capellini Pasta

                          • Melanzana alla Parmigiano$24.00

                            Eggplant, Marinara, Basil, and Parmesan Cheese

                            • Salmon and Shrimp*$36.00

                              Spinach, Mushroom, Pappardelle Pasta in White Wine Cream Sauce

                              • Bistecca*$40.00

                                Filet Mignon, Truffle Mashed Potato, Roasted Wild Mushroom, Broccolini, Braised Cipollini Onion, Baby Carrots, Black Pepper Candied Bacon

                                • Rigatoni Bolognese$30.00

                                  Homemade Beef Bolognese, Topped with Melted Burrata Cheese

                                  Mama's Piatto Tradizionale

                                  • Spaghetti and Meatballs$27.00

                                    Ground Beef Brisket Meatballs, with Marinara Sauce

                                    • Pollo alla Carbonara**$27.00

                                      Pan-Seared Chicken, Spaghetti, Pancetta, English Peas

                                      • Fettuccine Alfredo$22.00

                                        Creamy Parmesan, Alfredo Sauce

                                        • Pollo alla Parmigiano$28.00

                                          Breaded Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, Spaghetti

                                          • Lasagna**$27.00

                                            Mama's Famous Recipe Braised Beef, Italian Pork Sausage, Bechamel and Marinara Sauces

                                            What 2,061 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            4.7
                                            4.7 based on recent ratings
                                            • 4.6Food
                                            • 4.7Service
                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. t

                                              teresa

                                              New York Area

                                              5 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                              I love the whole atmosphere of Mama Della's. We have only been to Universal once before ion 2007, and ate here. It was on my list for this trip as well. I cry every time.

                                            2. DC

                                              DarrylC

                                              New York Area

                                              9 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Perfect end to a perfect anniversary weekend! Universal from now on...bye Walter. ; (

                                            3. T

                                              Teachinvt

                                              New England

                                              2 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                              Easter Dinner with family. Food was just mediocre with a limited menu. Calamari was way over cooked.

                                            4. SB

                                              SarafinaB

                                              Orlando

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Our family's favorite Italian restaurant in Orlando! Food always great! Our server, Calvin was excellent!

                                            5. GE

                                              GEORGE

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 12, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              All around a real nice place to eat with kids,they have a great wait staff.

                                            6. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Toledo

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                                              overall2food1service4ambience3

                                              The waiter was nice but the food was just terrible. It was all over cooked. No sauce. Just crazy high prices for bad food. I told multiple people to not go here. Such a waste of money. We went and ate elsewhere.

                                            7. VB

                                              VickiB

                                              Atlanta

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on March 23, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We loved the food and the ambience. The service was amazing

                                            8. D

                                              Dave

                                              Minneapolis

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 17, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We were seated for our reservation promptly, greeted by our server quickly, served in a timely fashion, sung to beautifully, and checked on by management. Our experience at Mama Della’s was fantastic from start to finish.

                                            9. T

                                              Tunes

                                              Charleston

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on March 15, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent food and service. Our favorite restaurant when come to Orlando.

                                            10. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Service was great, food was excellent and good prices for what we got!

                                            11. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Orlando

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on March 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Service staff very efficient, friendly. Food was delicious,singers were excellent Made you feel like you were in Italy Would eat there again.

                                            12. FH

                                              FischerH

                                              Charleston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My fiancé just proposed to me, and we went to this restaurant. The service was nothing less than spectacular. The manager, server, and band made us feel as if we were in our own world surrounded by the most delicious food. This restaurant does not disappoint. It’s a must book on your next trip. Thank you to every single person working the night we were there (3/4/22). You each add a little sparkle to life!

                                            13. DG

                                              DanetteG

                                              Orlando

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              A must do. The ambiance and singers were amazing. SUPER FRESH, SUPER TASTY food. We will be back.

                                            14. JG

                                              JamG

                                              Las Vegas

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Our anniversary dinner was amazing! This is where we held our wedding rehearsal dinner. And we even got to meet Mama!!! We will be back soon!

                                            15. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Western KY

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 3, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Dinner with the family while on vacation.

                                            16. EB

                                              EdwardB

                                              New York Area

                                              10 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on February 24, 2022

                                              overall5food4service3ambience3

                                              Excellent dining experience. You feel as if you were invited into Mama Della's home. The opera singers were a nice touch. They were talented and enjoyable, never annoying. The food was very good. The server was slow and didn't offer any dining suggestions, however, the other staff were great and picked up the slack. No decaf expresso. My wife rates the food here higher then Bice, thus number one in all of Universal. I find the food to be compatible with Bice, it depends on the atmosphere you desire. Both are quiet fine dining, with lots of very well mannered children. We will return and highly recommend the dining experience, but understand that is an intimate one.

                                            17. S

                                              Snass

                                              Detroit

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 23, 2022

                                              overall3food3service4ambience4

                                              Food was good service was good they had opera Italian singers come to the table and sing something

                                            18. CG

                                              CaGo

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 21, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              By far the best restaurant at Universal. All of our Lowes Portofino restaurants were very good and Mama Della's was excellent. I don't think we'd recommend eating in the park at all and would likely try the other Lowes' restaurants instead.

                                            19. JH

                                              JenniferH

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 21, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Ann Smith - the singer of gorgeous Italian music - made the evening so special! The food was delicious and I appreciated the GF accommodations which were tastier than typical GF options. Yum!

                                            20. BV

                                              BradV

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 20, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              A classic Italian restaurant located within one of Universal Orlando's premier hotels. The food was authentic, decent portion sizes, and full of flavor. The wait staff in tune to your needs and very helpful. They even had singers going from table to table signing your favorite tune. Would definitely go back!

                                            21. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 18, 2022

                                              overall2food3service3ambience3

                                              Calamari was the best part of dinner. Highly recommend the calamari. Lasagna was also good and bread service good. But everything else ok. Good pacing was off. Entrees came out 1 minute after our appetizer. Other reviews said this was a leisurely dinner. We were in and out in 45 min. No singers around - although we heard them once when we first came in. Just didn’t dine it lived up to the hype. Won’t make a point of going back unless I want the calamari.

                                            22. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Sacramento

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on February 18, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Anniversary

                                            23. MC

                                              MichaelC

                                              Salt Lake City

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 15, 2022

                                              overall3food1service3ambience3

                                              The pasta was not cooked long enough. The Alfredo sauce was very sparse.

                                            24. ML

                                              MalloryL

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 14, 2022

                                              overall2food2service3ambience1

                                              I was told this was great Italian and it tasted like Olive Garden. It was overpriced, dry, and bland. The ambience wasn't good. Very loud and the singers is super awkward. I wouldn't eat here again.

                                            25. JF

                                              JoeFrank

                                              Orlando

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on February 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Incredible restaurant! Great service, great portion. We’ll be back for sure!

                                            26. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Las Vegas

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and great service!

                                            27. E

                                              Evan

                                              Tampa

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on February 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Everything was great! Amazing ambience and live music! Fantastic service! Delicious food! Will definitely come back.

                                            28. HD

                                              HappyDiner1965

                                              Atlanta

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food. Great experience. The singing. The food. The location. The service. Definitely do again. Get the mussels appetizer.

                                            29. MC

                                              MariaC

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 12, 2022

                                              overall3food2service3ambience3

                                              The food was not that good for the price of it. Bread basket was good.

                                            30. CB

                                              CristinaB

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 11, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Food delicious, nice ambiance, great server. I strongly recommend this place

                                            31. AB

                                              AlexisB

                                              Philadelphia

                                              3 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on February 9, 2022

                                              overall3food2service4ambience4

                                              Food was below average, service was great and the Italian singers walking around the restaurant were a nice touch. I really wanted to love it, but maybe I am used to really good Italian restaurants in the north east .

                                            32. M

                                              Mindyfg

                                              Philadelphia

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on February 9, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We always dine here when vacationing in Orlando. The food, ambience and service are always excellent. There is something really special about being serenaded by a tenor while enjoying fabulous food.

                                            33. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Charleston

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on February 9, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              One of the best Italian meals ever. Mussels and lasagna were great. The trio that sings at your table is a nice touch. Overall great dining experience.

                                            34. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Orlando

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on February 6, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Loved the risotto chicken daily special. Chicken was the best I'd ever had, moist and flavorful, served on a buttery delicious bed of risotto. Staff was upbeat and friendly. And singers and guitar player serenading the tables were top notch and fun. Easy to imagine that we had been transported to Italy for our meal.

                                            35. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful birthday celebration!

                                            36. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Western NC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Very cozy and wonderful pasta. Salmon was cooked PERFECTLY. And gnocchi, little dough clouds😊😊😊

                                            37. PP

                                              PamP

                                              Tampa

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on February 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was delicious, the tableside music divine!!!

                                            38. JG

                                              JulieG

                                              Milwaukee

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 31, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful dinner - the bruschetta, salads, lasagna and fettuccini alfredo were delicious, service was fantastic, and the musicians that visited our table and played our requests were a delight. Can't wait to return!

                                            39. MR

                                              MatthewR

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 31, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Delicious food and great service. We especially appreciated the musicians accommodating our children’s song requests! The flourless chocolate dessert was to die for!

                                            40. TP

                                              ToniP

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 31, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              What an amazing place to eat! The food was outstanding and the service along with the live music made it even more fantastic!

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                                            Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 2061 OpenTable diners.

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                                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                            Additional information

                                            • Cross street

                                              Universal Orlando

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              I Drive / Sand Lake

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Italian

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Elegant

                                            • Dress code

                                              Casual Dress

                                            • Parking details

                                              Reduced valet or complimentary self-parking is available for local guests of Mama Della's Ristorante. Please bring your parking ticket for validation.

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Leon Teow

                                            • Entertainment

                                              What is more romantic than musical accompaniment to a delectable Italian meal? Every night, strolling musicians delight diners at Mama Della's Ristorante. Listen as they play Italian favorites like "That's Amore", "Arrivederci Roma", "Mama" or "Angelina". Or, request your very own table side serenade. Before or after dinner at Mama Della's, guests can also enjoy the MUSICA DELLA NOTTE show each night at sunset (weather permitting) in the Harbor Piazza; it's a musical celebration capturing the romance and charm of Italy.

                                            • Additional

                                              Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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