Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

4.2
361 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 .
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4.6
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4.0
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JimS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

For being in Tucson Arizona, this Italian restaurant is a little gem in the middle of nowhere. Absolutely had the taste of authentic Italian cuisine. My wife is gluten-free, and she had the bread and the gluten-free pasta and it was the most amazing she has had since she became gluten-free.

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ToddP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lasagna I have found in Tucson. Order it joe's way.

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viptastyeats
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. Portions were big for the salad and pasta.

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JLane
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very memorable for my wife’s and my one year. Highly recommend

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Robroy
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our first dinner out in Tucson. Our server was exceptional. The room would be nicer with a refresh, like cover the cement brick walls with wood, etc., which would make the space warmer. Our meal was disappointing. The red sauce and meatballs were amazing. The shrimp scampi suffered from a heavy hand in seasoning. The Caesar salad was just the opposite, not properly seasoned. We really like this type of small independent Italian spot and will definitely give it another try.

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Sagi
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Called ahead of scheduled time for OpenTable reservation, and was told they didn't have our reservation listed. Regardless, they had plenty of availability for the Thursday night and were able to accommodate us at our convenience.

Seating was comfortably spaced for COVID regulations - well-enough apart from neighboring tables without feeling like we were on our own island. Only negative was seeing the former bar section stuffed full of the tables/chair they used to have throughout the rest of the restaurant - not the greatest ambiance, but also not their fault. Storing excess materials during COVID is a challenge for all businesses! Staff visibly cleaned tables between seating additional patrons.

Prompt and friendly service - I regrettably forget her name. House chianti a nice choice, complimentary breadsticks fresh but look akin to what you'd expect at Olive Garden, side salad VERY generous portions, pasta and marinara sauce warm and perfect textures. Portions large enough that we both had leftovers to take home.

Staff would sometimes gather at the host stand for side conversation, but nothing distracting or unprofessional. Took in additional patrons even when the restaurant was scheduled to be closing. Again - friendly, kind service.

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vipVandra
Tucson
246 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, family-style food!

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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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vipSeanH
Tucson
10 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!

JB
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.

JB
vipJulieB
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food

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 361 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.