Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

4
398 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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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Italian comfort food.

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RichardD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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TracieL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 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.

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PaulE
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very loud depending on which room are settled in.

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Maria
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.

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KirkF
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food is just not very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
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. 🍰

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vipFoodieKaz
Detroit
65 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing homemade food that we love to experience again and again.

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vipVandra
Tucson
292 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MD
vipMargaretD
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 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!

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Lulu
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

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vipTraveler
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on November 20, 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.

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vipJackHammer
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best Italian food in Tucson

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deannar
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

casual dining,but excellent food and service!even the salad plate was cold!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst food I’ve ever had. Frozen food cooked in the microwave with way too much salt.

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SandyN
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old fashioned Italian food. Excellent service. Generous portions

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Maur
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meal, pasta delicious. Bread sticks and bread superior. Waitress polite, accommodating and attentive. Overall, very nice dinner experience.

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vipVandra
Tucson
292 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food!

KJ
KathyJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very few Italian restaurants served ravioli which is my “go to” meal when one does have them on the menu. Yum!

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vipHamG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was terrific by our solo waitress. However, the taste and quality of the food was just average. We had the zucchini appetizer, free breadsticks, pesto pasta, chicken parmigiana, and manicotti

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dave1
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had not been in awhile we forgot how good the food is!!

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lisas
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quiet and the food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Restaurant had a smell of mildew. Kitchen was out of the two items we wanted. The menu is not the same as the website photos.

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MikeE
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great service and great food! Will come again! Thanks!

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ScottF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner at Mama Louisa's with some family friends while passing through Tucson last week.

If a restaurant has been around for ~65 years it's safe to assume that it knows what it is doing. Mama's knows what it is doing.

Delicious food served in large portions for a very reasonable price. What's not to like!?!

I ordered their signature dish- Joe's Special and it was fantastic. Homemade linguini, tomato sauce, pepper flakes, cheese, and a white sauce that blended together for a terrific flavor.

Highly recommend!

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LisaO
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Some of the best Italian food I’ve eaten and I spent years traveling to New York

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall everything was awesome. Oh boy was the lasagna and Joe's special pepper sauce is the best. My only gripe is our waitress was sub-par. Felt like we were being rushed. Brought our check without asking if we wanted dessert. I NEVER forget the cannolis...... so we made her get the cannoli....

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HectorA
Tucson
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time along with great food and warm service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Out of wedding soup disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Drinks were AWFUL! Ordered a Margarita, with call brand tequila, on the rock. Sent the first one back - it was loaded with simple syrup and NO LIME! Got a second one at no charge ! Same problem

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BrianM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a desire for some Italian food and read good things about Momas. I had the Joes special and it was excellent. Old school Italian restaurant. We will be back!

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NicholasM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The red sauce used in the dishes was very nice. The food was not bland, but nothing special.

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Milliesmom
Tucson
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been driving over 150 miles round trip to enjoy Mama Luisa's great food and service for over 30 years. It is our absolute favorite Italian restaurant. We are very happy that the restaurant has weathered the COVID pandemic.

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vipDlovesfood
Boise
44 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are traveling and love to eat at local places. This was a gem. We are a late lunch and so the lunch rush had dispersed. We had spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and caprese sandwich. We all had left overs for a meal at the hotel. The food was awesome and very reasonably priced. Service was very good.

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FranS
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Well, sometimes you can't believe the Open Table reviews! We chose Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant based on the Open Table reviews, which we usually find very reliable. First I must say the waitress was very nice and provided good service!
This was the worst meal we have ever had in frequent visits to Tucson from out of state. The coating fell of the calimari as we scooped them up on to our plates and they were quite chewy. The bread was not the crusty Italian bread we were expecting. My husband thought his chicken piccata was tasty, but he could not eat the pasta which was extremely salty! My chicken Marsala was awful! There were only a couple of very thinly sliced mushroom pieces and the sauce was very thick and bland. It reminded me of a gravy one would put on a salisbury steak, not a light sauce where one can taste the Marsala wine. If you are looking for authentic Italian food, I do not recommend this restaurant! I should know, I'm Italian!

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BoDesert
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at M.L. Waiter was personable / likable, but not very communicative. Loved the flavored lemonades, and the food was quite good.

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 stars by 398 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.