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About Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant
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 .
Tucson, AZ 85711
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm,
Lunch Special: Soup, Salad and Pasta Bar 11am -2pm
Early Evening Specials and Happy Hour 3-6 pm
Dinner Monday - Saturday 3pm -9 pm
Sunday Noon- 8pm
29th Street and Craycroft Rd
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Traditional Italian Dishes
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Very good Italian food at reasonable prices. It can get noisy, as it's popular with families, but the staff is friendly. The garlic breadsticks are out of this world! My only concern: they charge $5 for a modest soup & salad bar. But the portions are large, so unless you really like salad, it's not necessary.
OK, not great. Has gone down in quality quite a bit over the years. Still has the same tacky decor it had when I first went there 45 years ago. I don't think they have painted since. Food was ok, but about the same quality as Olive garden. Table wobbled, floor sticky. A good thing this wasn't a special evening. The wedding soup had bland broth, but good meatballs. Caesar salad lacked anchovies. Unispired deserts.
We were super impressed that some of the pasta was made right on site. Joes special dish out of this world. Just the right little kick loaded with mlted cheese finished with just the right amount of sauce and fresh pasta. Highly recommentd. We all shared fried zucchini -melted in mouth.
Lights could have been dimmed to complete the expereince, however friendly service, amazing food make this a darling italian bistro. A must if you love italin food.
Usually, this is one of my favorite restaurants. However, on this visit, my sister and I waited quite a while for our entrees to arrive. The calamari was undercooked. The restaurant had a wait list , and the staff was stretched too thin. Saturday evenings are not the best nights to enjoy the excellent ambiance of Mama Louisa's.
This is one of the best restaurants in Tucson, without question!! The food is fabulous, and the staff is phenomenal. My sister and I are treated like family here. We have vowed to make a weekly visit routine. We heartily recommend this restaurant as a must visit during your time in Tucson.
It was very busy so I am glad I made reservations ahead of time. The only problem with it being busy, the wait staff was a bit neglectful, they asked at the end of the meal if we needed refills on our drinks, I could have used one before my meal came out. We did start off the meal with an appetizer, but, we didn't get the actual meal for another 45-50 minutes after that. Once the food arrived, my meal looked like it had sat for a bit, the cheese was all clumped together, not very gooey.
We had not been here in many years and we really enjoyed our recent visit. The soup and salad bar was very good, the meatballs are moist and absolutely delicious, and the aniipasto salad was terrific. Portion sizes were larger than expected. My husband ordered a pizza and it was one of the best ever!! The service was great. We will be returning again soon!
Went with a friend because I was craving their delicious homemade pasta. Had sauce served on the side at waitress's suggestion because I told her I really came for the pasta and didn't want too much sauce on it.
I had linguine with meat sauce-absolutely delicious. My friend had the shrimp scampi. also delicious. We each took home enough for dinner the next night.
Waitress was great, very pleasant, helpful, and attentive.
Was anxious to try out this restaurant because I heard the food was very good. I have to agree. Our server was nice but very difficult to get his attention when we needed refills for tea and water. Also I did not know about salad/soup bar or pasta bar until one of our friends who had been there before explained it to us. Also, another patron explained about the pasta bar.
Wish someone had explained this to us.
I absolutely love going to Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant because it feels like home. The food is so good and filling that I always leave with leftovers. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable about the food. Great place.......a must go for both locals as well as visitors.
The service was amazing! But the food was disappointing. Canned clams on the pasta were disgusting and the noodles tasted like they came from a packet of Ramen noodles and the tiramisu was frozen which tells me it was fresh. I came here because the reviews were really good but was quickly disappointed.
We got there before other parties at around 5pm. We didn't get our food till 6:20pm after we informed our waitress that we had to be on the other side of town by 7pm. We had two bites and had to box it up. I felt there was only one waitress but several servers. The food also did not taste as good as it used to.
The pasta itself was good. Waiting for the food and drink refills was a little long. I loved the salad bar but I'm not sure it is worth the price. I felt that the Joes specoal had too much sauce. It seems the early bird special isn't just a miniature size of the regular, but also takes away some of the inclusions. I will return to try their fettuccine, but it will just be a special occasion as I couldn’t afford to bring the family. I also would return if they provided a discount for teachers? Thank you. I really liked the salad bar and the historic, authentic ambiance.
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