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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

4.2
4.2
406 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Take Out available for pick up call 520-790-4702. Mon-Sat 11-7:30, Sun Noon -7:30.
Delivery available thru DoorDash and Postmates.

A Family Tradition since 1956. Homemade pastas and aged sauces offer a traditional Italian flavor. The menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, manicotti, canneloni, chicken, veal, shrimp, pizzas and our signature pasta dish Joe's Special. Soup and Salad bar available for all meals. Full Bar. Lunch Special, Mon-Sat, 11-2 Soup Salad and Pasta Bar. Early Evenings and Happy Hour 3-6 pm. The decor of the restaurant features hand-painted murals from the 1950's and 1970's .

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 790-4702

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Elefante

  • Catering

    Traditional Italian Dishes

  • Neighborhood

    East Tucson

  • Cross street

    29th Street and Craycroft Rd

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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What 406 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Kid Friendly

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Tucson

    Romantic

  • Tucson

    Special Occasion

  • Tucson

    Kid Friendly

  • Tucson

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Tucson

    Romantic

  • Tucson

    Special Occasion

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  1. P

    Peach

    Phoenix

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for great Italian food! Always served with a smile.
  2. BT

    BarbaraT

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a charming old-school Italian restaurant. The service was great. Food was plentiful and very tasty… especially the red sauce. Probably best I’ve ever had anywhere. Fun place to find as a tourist passing through.
  3. V

    Vandra

    Tucson

    301 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    301 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The service was outstanding!
  4. DH

    DavidH

    Tucson

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Located on pretty far south Craycroft (and 30th) it can be a trip to get to the restaurant but well worth it. Portions are large, prices are reasonable, and taste is outstanding. Some of the best Italian food I have had in Tucson. Lots of options and well worth a visit.
  5. CB

    CallieB

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and service was great. It is a little more expensive than similar places. Complimentary bread would be nice, but the deliciousness of all the food makes it worth it
  6. c

    charles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is authentic Italian. Awesome waitress name Amanda.
  7. MR

    MRZAP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Gluten Free pasta is a $3 addition. Also, They serve Gluten Free bread sticks!! Great place. Great staff.
  8. GD

    GDF8

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Quality of food was great! Service very attentive and responsive - Walk in with an appetite, you will be pleased...
  9. C

    Campbellsreviews

    Tucson

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was great! It wasn’t very noisy. We could carry on a conversation at the table. Service was good.
  10. JM

    JanetM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! We had so much food we should have split a meal. The fresh pasta (I got linguini) was absolutely the best I’ve ever had!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend I’d not seen in 25 years joined me for lunch. Mama Louise was his choice. I’d not been there. What a revitalizing experience. Mama Louse is the most interesting and compelling experience. Classy. Warm. Available in an instant. Invisible until needed. Food? Oh yes yes yes. Thank you Mama Louse for your creation and for your insight into the staff selections you make to carry out your intentions. I love you without ever having met you. You must have very deep goodness. Thank you! With love and appreciation, Patti Harada ( way the hell up in North West in Catalina. Gracious you are worth it! My love to you and your staff! Patti Harada
  12. KK

    KeithK

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my go to favorite for Italian food. Warm, friendly staff gives it an”at home” feel.
  13. S

    Showmee

    Tucson

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When I entered the restaurant I was greeted by a woman who was annoyed and frustrated that more customers had arrived. I stated I had made a reservation through open table at which time the woman became rude and stated she doesn’t know how the open table gets shut off but it was going to be 30 minutes before a table would be ready. She then turned to the bar tender and complained about open table. When she addressed me again she was one again annoyed and inconvenienced to have to interact with customers as she rolled her eyes, huffed and puffed like a child, and made comments such as are you going to wait or not? We proceeded to leave the restaurant and went to Olive Garden a mile away and had a great dinner. Our server was amazing and the food did not disappoint! FYI, call ahead seating, we walked in and were sat immediately
  14. BC

    BillC

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I have heard about this restaurant for years. Our experience did not match the reviews we heard from friends. My wife's spaghetti and meatballs was fine, but my dish was covered in way too much red sauce. Our server ignored us much of the time. We probably won't return.
  15. DH

    DaveH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very delicious food! Great service! I would recommend
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!
  17. PG

    PatrickGonda

    Minneapolis

    69 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Pasta was served cold which is a bug no no for us.
  18. DK

    DonnaK

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu ranges from classic Italian to avant- gard and the quality is excellent. Love the red-check tables and wall mural atmosphere.
  19. YL

    YoungL

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    This place is a huge disappointment. The food is bland and service is ok. The first ordered we placed was a take out and the waitress never put it in (probably for the best because the food was not good). The kids wanted creamy marinara (pink sauce) and they couldn't do that. Apparently, they ran out of cream. The kids meal came with drinks and it was never offered to them. They best part of our meal was the bread stick. Will never come back again.
  20. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food excellent service excellent trying to book a reservation with front phone staff absolutely horrible if they don't change their staff they will lose business. I have been to mama Louise's many times food is always excellent worth the drive no matter where you live
  21. SU

    SUZANNE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are 'regulars' at Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant, and as always had a very very good meal. It was Valentine's Day evening and the food was fabulous. My husband tried a new dish, Veal Parmigiana, and I had my always fantastic Chicken Parmigiana. The food came fast and Joe's Special Sauce which is an option was as good as always.
  22. A

    Anon

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Two birthdays!!! Joe’s Special!!!
  23. R

    Rocket

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food! We were in Tucson on vacation and I really wanted some good Italian food. Well let me tell you, Mama Louisa’s was like hitting the Jackpot! From the fun music to the homemade pastas this is a restaurant you must try! Everything is fresh and made from scratch. I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for authentic Italian cuisine!!!
  24. CK

    ChrisK

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We had two meals. One was pretty good and hot, the other, lasagna, was pretty mediocre in our opinion and was not hot. Overall, we would Momma'a a C.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Server was rude and food was horribly bad. I had lasagna and it tasted like Chef Boyardee!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great Italian comfort food.
  27. RD

    RichardD

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always a good dining experience at Mama Louisa's. Great service and excellent food!
  28. TL

    TracieL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    First time at this location and will be the last. Poor food quality. Gnocchi dish was not worth even a one star rating. The staff noticed we were not eating it and graciously took it off the tab even though we did not ask.
  29. PE

    PaulE

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very loud depending on which room are settled in.
  30. M

    Maria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    For Italian food this wasn’t bad, would of wanted a better selection of appetizers and maybe priced more reasonable.
  31. KF

    KirkF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent. Some unique Italian which is nice. Definitely our new go to Italian place.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    The food is just not very good.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing interior, amazing service! Really appreciate their food to take me happiness and healings. I experienced a terrible day but once I tried their food. I definitely feel better and fully recovered from the bad memories. I would like to come back this restaurant again in the future if I come to Tucson! ❤️ Highly recommend try their DESSERTS 🍮! Pretty authentic and delicious ! Tiramisu and strawberry cheesecake. 🍰
  34. FK

    FoodieKaz

    Detroit

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing homemade food that we love to experience again and again.
  35. V

    Vandra

    Tucson

    301 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    301 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great longtime place to indulge in tasty comfort food and good service.
  36. MD

    MargaretD

    Phoenix

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Mama Louisa’s this week. Post pandemic my friend and I are slowly getting back to eating in restaurants. Service was attentive and friendly, and the food was delicious as always! So happy to be returning to the dining scene!
  37. L

    Lulu

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The employee wiped our table with her hand and they seat us next to another couple when there were many opened tables away from other people
  38. T

    Traveler

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My family always enjoys Mama Louisa's. This time, there was a large very noisy group in the same room as we were which took a lot away from the enjoyment but the food and service were excellent. I love their lasagna and the portions is large enough to take some home to have another meal. Our waitress did a great job though was very busy. Some of my family love the Joe's Special. They have gluten free pasta which is great for one of us. The bread sticks are good as swell. It's a casual place that has been here for many years and one that is comfortable to return to.
  39. JH

    JackHammer

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Not good Italian food. Not good ambiance. Will not ever go here again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and relaxing experience. The people and food were excellent.

FAQs

Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 790-4702.

Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 406 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

2041 S. Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85711

Additional information

  • Cross street

    29th Street and Craycroft Rd

  • Neighborhood

    East Tucson

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Elefante

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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