Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

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354 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 .
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George
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent, the portion were the right size. We really enjoyed the salad and soaps they were wonderful too. Made our 40th wedding anniversary dinner memorable. We need to come back more often.

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vipAnon
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have loved Joe special for over 20 years and it’s still delicious!!! We love that it’s an old family restaurant. The service is always very good and friendly

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RandyC
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do miss the salad bar and thanks to COVID-19 we will probably never see it again. The dinner salad with my meal though was quite large.

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vipMichaelG
Tucson
29 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, always great! We very much enjoy this restaurant and are very happy it is not too far away.

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SeanH
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty. If you have grease/oil stomach issues,...2 day recovery. Still worth it.

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vipmaderapam
Tucson
72 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is an excellent alternative to the pricier italian places in town. It’s not too innovative, but it’s good italian. I’d particularly recommend the seafood stew. Fabulous!

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DaveD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good authentic Italian food, great ambience, excellent service. Always happy to dine here.

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FrankM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service and a good value. They were very busy. The chef was serving food and drinks.

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MarieW
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waitress was a little slow, food was great, garlic bread was good the 1st time, fair the second
It was Valentine's day, so very busy & a lot of people

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DaveB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the service was excellent!!! Head Chef and his staff are very good!!!

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VickiG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ask for al dente pasta, or it's overcooked. Make sure your doggie box is first fitted with plastic or foil. Ours wasn't and my broth from linguini and clams was soaked into the cardboard. Our server couldn't have been more helpful and we enjoyed our evening.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The pasta was good but the chicken Parmesan was tough

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RonaldC
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at 3:30 PM because we wanted a nice quiet experience. The restaurant wasn't busy and the service was excellent. The food was very tasty and the portions were large. The salad bar was large and the food was fresh.

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JohnW
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants! The homemade pasta is amazing. The sauces are lovely. The drinks are well-made. The service is quick and friendly. The salad and soup bar is fresh and tasty. The only thing on this trip is that the spumoni wasn't up to par -- it was mostly chocolate and had only one or two rum raising -- hope that is remedied!

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JamesB
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love the joes special. The open table app secured a table for our party. No waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my birthday. It is the best Italian food in Tucson. Thanks for the complimentary birthday cheesecake.

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DavidC
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I made reservations a week in advance. We arrived exactly on time, but the hostess had trouble finding the reservation. She said, "Let me see if I can find a table in the back". She seated us at a table next to a large group of loud women. Next to them was another long table of mostly women, who were also very loud. We were unable to hear each other speak, although the four of us we were sitting at a small table. My wife's lasagna was seved after our dinners, and burned on the bottom. My wife refuses to ever return, which is unfortunate, since the reason we choose to celabrate her and my daughter's birthday there, was, it was very good, the last time we were there.

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ShawnH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was to die for, everything we ordered was really tasty!

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Nomama
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The waitstaff agreed that the lasagna is terrible. I don’t know why it was ranked 3 in Tucson best. Go somewhere else

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FiletFreak
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The dish I wanted to order was not available but they had not taken it off the menu yet. Waitress did not know that until she tried to put our order in. The dish I did get was ok, pretty much the same as what I could make at home.

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Josette
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent. Great taste , real Italian feeling .Many choises on the menu . Very friendly waitress .

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dorothyb
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable dining experience at Mama Louisa's over University of A'rizona's Family Weekend. We made a reservation that afternoon and took our daughter and her roommate out to dinner. We were immediately greeted in a friendly manner and shown to our table. The atmosphere was colorful and pleasant. The ambiance is more casual and bright which made us feel relaxed and in the mood for fun. The service was prompt and accommodating. All our questions were answered and any adjustments to our food were readily welcomed and accommodated. The service made the night the success it was! The appetizers (Salads and Bread, including the one we ordered that was a loaf with olive oil for dipping) were all delicious, but us left us little room for the generous main course portions. The pasta dishes are on the heavier side, but yummy, so we got boxes to bring the rest home. That made out college students very happy!!! We will definitely be returning. I recommend this place for more of a family or large group outing than for a romantic night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food. Restaurant smelled old and musty upon entering.

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CyndieB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mama Louisa's is a quality locally owned restaurant that makes you feel like family and serves very good food and has decent prices and specials.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband birthday

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kimd
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Great food, great service!! We do birthday's and other celebrations here. We are never disappointed!

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dave1
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always the food and service was great. They serve Flying Leap wine a local winery

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HollyG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Someone recommended this restaurant to me. I'm not sure why except he said it was a mom and pops. My initial impression was this restaurant was a dive. It turned out I was right. It was cave like and questionably clean. The flatware was dirty. The pasta sauce was tasty but the pasta was overly cooked. Any good Italian would know that pasta should be el dente not mushy. Overall this visit was a disappointment.

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pastajunkie
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Salad bar greens were very fresh, and additions to the greens included many choices. Would like the salad dressings to be labeled.

I love Joe's Special accompanied by the 2-meatball side. So that's what I ordered. The helpings are very large. There was enough for me to have the leftovers at home the following evening. My dining partners seemed to equally like their dinners.

Server was superb!

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Mels2work
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most amazing experience! Food was unbelievable and our server went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I love Italian food, and I thought I would give Mama Louisa’s a try because it was nearby my hotel. I was turned off by the look of the restaurant when I drove up. It just looked very dated, but I did not want to judge a book by its cover. Inside, the ambience was also lacking. I ordered a Caesar salad and lasagna, which should be a staple of any Italian restaurant. The Caesar salad was huge, but not very good. The lasagna looked unappetizing, and looks were not deceiving. Overall, the most disappointing dining experience I can recall.

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JimL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I tried the house special which was excellent! Unfortunately my wife did not like her spaghetti and meatballs.

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vipJulieB
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The waitress was pleasant and helpful with the menu. There is nothing like restaurants that are 3rd and 4th generation. When we were in Pennsylvania we stopped at Terrizios 4th generation family owned and like Mama Louisa’s the food was amazing. Thank Mama Louisa’s.

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vipHaardrock1141
Phoenix
120 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a neighborhood gem and if you are looking for one of the best Italian restaurants in Tucson, you should make it a point to eat at Mama Luisa's. It was established in 1956 so 63 years of experience means something, especially in this case.

The sauces were excellent and the Meatballs (made fresh) and the Italian sausage (also fresh) were GREAT.

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steved
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they calamari and creme brûlée were as good as Italy

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DebyP
Tucson
57 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Boy, reviews sure don't tell the story, when we walked into this restaurant it had such a terrible smell, musty and damp, décor was so old and thrown together. I didn't want to stay but we did. We ordered 2 Kettle One on the rocks, after 10 min the waitress came back and told us they were all out, the big party in the next room drank it all up, I peeked around the corner to see this big party. NOT.!!
I ordered the lasagna it was actually good, my husband ordered the veal parm with linguine, the noodles tasted like they were cooked twice, overdone, yuck! /it was real veal that was surprising, not chewy and tough , my husband didn't like their sauce at all. I'm sorry to say we will never go back, this restaurant needs to been demolished and re-built. Also the wait staff was hard to even look at.
We were going to order a bottle of Chianti but we decided to eat and leave, no reason to hang out.

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RonaldC
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a special Father’s Day. The food was great and the restaurant looked wonderful.

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Monique
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been to Mama Louisas in several years and I had family visiting from out of town so I chose this restaurant. All of Our party of 5 thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food. I hope to return again soon! 👍

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MarciaB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved this restaurant for years. Food is always delicious.

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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 4.1 stars by 354 OpenTable diners.

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