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Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

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1038 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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. It's a fantastico setting for a most magnificent Italian meal.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(407) 503-3463
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Leon Teow
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Universal Orlando
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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.
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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.
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Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Celebrate your next occasion with Italian flair at Mama Della’s Ristorante. Private and semi-private rooms accommodate groups of 8-70, and each room tells a part of the story of Mama Della. Strolling through, you’ll find Italian minstrels, and you might even run into Mama Della or her sister, Zita.

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What 1038 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great martini, bread, spaghetti/meatballs. Great seafood stew, except mussels fatigued and Caesar salad initially very poor, but chef redeemed himself somewhat with a redo. Still lacked authentic flavors. Prices here are somewhat high, so there was little excuse for the poor salad.

Nonetheless, the setting and the roving singing group that did songs of the diners' choice -- mostly Italian ballads -- made the evening. We must recommend this restaurant and will likely return.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

As usual great food and service. I wish they did not change the food presentation we had back in January. Not a fan of my meat entrée stacked on top of my pasta.
When you go try the Famigla Castellani Chianti. Fantastic wine and a great price.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The service was impeccable, attention to every detail. We had a birthday to celebrate and they went above and beyond with an opera singer and a special dessert. They were on top of every delicious course.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Mama Della's was very good. It's such a pretty setting and I just love the live singer strolling around! All of our entrees were very good and we had a nice bottle of Chianti. It's pricey, but hey, you're in a popular tourist spot. Would definitely recommend eating here if you're at Universal. And you do not have to be a hotel guest to eat there (or any of the Universal resort restaurants) . We took the walking path there from City Walk and took the boat back. Nice place!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were looking for a lovely, quiet place to dine & we certainly found it here. The Italian singers were wonderful, a bit loud, but, hey, they're Italian! The chicken parm, sea bass, bruchetta were all wonderful!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food and ambiance!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

An excellent meal. Great taste. Good value for a resort restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Ever since finding this hidden gem at the Portofino, we have returned for the past three years to celebrate our Anniversary! An evening at Mama Della's is always perfect from beginning to end! We are definitely looking forward to our next get-away in Orlando. The drive from Tampa is well worth it each and every time! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was a nice place for dinner during our stay at a neighboring Loews hotel on the Universal property. We loved the strolling Italian singers and the waitstaff was very attentive. The food was also excellent. It's pricey, but your paying for the ambiance and location.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and location, friendly staff so thank you for a nice evening

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delcious and friendly

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Old style Italian dishes in an old world atmosphere. Excellent all the way around including tableside musical serenade.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The hostess lied that they will come outside to sing. They never did.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Myself and my family ate here during the kids Spring Break Vacation week in April. Overall it was a good experience. We arrived a little late (I mis-remembered the reservation time)...no issue. They seated us on the outside patio, which at first I wasn't thrilled about, but in the end it ending up being exactly what I would have hoped for. The weather was perfect and it was a great ambiance with the people walking through the plaza, the bay in th backround and the sun setting over the hotel. I am sure it is nothing like the real Italy, but it was a convincing theme park rendition. The food itself was typical "American" Italian food. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Gnocchi and Lasagna were what our table ordered. All were filling, if not completely memorable, but the overall ambiance definitely made it worthwhile. Just as we were finishing ~7:30 Opera singing from one of the balconies provided a relaxing finish to our meal. Definitely another unique element you won;t get many other places. We would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

This was not my first time here, so when I planned this vacation, reservations were at the top of my list

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Lots of fun, with quality strolling musicians. Lawrence, our server, was exceptional and super friendly.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My expectations were high considering a friend suggested this restaurant as an option from all the "programmed" food you find at the theme parks. It "looked" authentic but unfortunately it missed the mark. When we first sat down to dine everything was fine. The warm fresh bread, the choice of butter and olive oil infused with caramelized garlic. The mussels in a wine butter sauce were quite good and so was the selection of wines. But dinner entrees took too long to be served and then to make matters worse- I requested the veal special which was Veal Saltimbocca with a side of risotto but I received Veal swimming in Marsala wine sauce instead. I was not happy. Rather than re-making the dish I wanted, the waitress simply apologized for the misunderstanding. To her credit, she removed the entree from our bill, but I would have preferred the dish I wanted and be charged for it- even if I had to wait longer for it.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place is amazing! The service was TOP NOTCH, the food was delectable and the ambiance was perfecto!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was overpriced for what it was, but the portions of appetizers were fabulous, portions of entrees were average.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Mama Della's while there for our two-day Universal vacation. It is a great location and the service was wonderful; very attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious. We also very much enjoyed the accordion and the singer that walked around the restaurant performing for tables by request.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Vacation family meal.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was good, I had the spaghetti and meatballs (classic but great) the kids didn't complain either. This was probably the best and only place, while there worth the money. "There"meaning the universal complex.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

It was great! The lasagna was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Loved it! Great food! Beautiful ambiance! And the singers were great!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Lovely restaurant. Great Italian singing. Awesome experience!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great traditional Italian comfort food... and the strolling singers make this a real treat.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We had a wonderful quiet romantic dinner at Mama Dellas. Great location at Universal Studios' Portofino hotel. Excellent classic italian food, great wine, good service. We were there for the accordian player and table singers, who were terrific. Definitely will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Service is always great and the food is delicious. We also love the singers coming to the tables.

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

My friends and I who were in Orlando for a trade show had eaten at Mama Della's the year before. We sat outside, it was a beautiful night, it was quiet and there was an opera singer on the balcony for part of the evening. it was very fun so the quality of the food which is only fair was unimportant. This year, due to rain, we sat inside. It was very noisy and they had a singer with a very bad voice shouting into the microphone. The salads came out quickly but we had to wait almost 40 minutes for our entrees. The food was mediocre. I would only ever suggest going there if it's a beautiful night and you can sit outside and you don't care about the food.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good Italian food. Nothing to knock your socks off. Big portions. Typical higher end theme park restaurant. Nice place to.walk afterwards.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was quite good, a little overpriced, but that is to be expected at a resort hotel at Universal. The waiter that served us was very friendly and helpful and, in my opinion, made the dining experience much more enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I traveled in Italy last summer, I felt like I was back there during our dinner at Mama Della's the other night. The service was great, the food and entertainment exceptional!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We celebrated an Anniversary there this past weekend. Not only was the food delicious, the ambiance, the service, and the great singers made for an exceptional dinner!

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Horrible service. Food was fair at best.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great place to take the kiddos after a long day at the park. Very incredible service, great food, and wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent lasagna. Table side singers are a little loud, but very entertaining.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Second time we were here and the experience was as the first time .. incredible. The staff is great and attentive. The food is excellent and the entertainment is superb. Love the singers and the old world charm of Italy that the restaurant has to offer. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Orlando .

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Everything was great from beginning to end!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great meal and awesome atmosphere. Great as a family dinner or a date for two.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The food was very good, and the service was excellent. It is a very nice restaurant, but it is in a hotel at the Universal Resort, so of course there is no real dress code. I definitely recommend the filet and the bruschetta appetizer. The Italian singer and guitar player were a fun bit of ambiance, too.

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