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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

4.2
253 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 .
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(520) 790-4702
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Elefante
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Catering
Traditional Italian Dishes
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
29th Street and Craycroft Rd
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 253 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
4.3
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great local spot! Excellent service and great food.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent service followed by traditional and modern Italian food! Fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome as always, service, food, atmosphere was all exceptional.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very good, authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. The wine list is small, but there are good choices at reasonable prices, too. Our server, Rachel, was very nice, and she was patient with our group that included two very "active' children. We've been there before and we'll go back again!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My veal pargiana was burnt on one side but it was soon replaced. A little too much sauce for my taste but fresh made pasta was great and the service was excellent!

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Typical everyday Italian dinners.

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Both my niece and I got sick from eating at this restaurant. Will never return or recommend to anyone!!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Had a great time with family celebrating 2 birthdays. Treated us amazingly, very tentative and great food.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

So yummy! Huge portions, 2 people could definitely share and come away stuffed. Breadsticks, soup and salad buffet, homemade pasta— it’s basically impossible to go wrong! Fried zucchini was amazing, as was Joe’s Special entree.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Pros: Great food! Delicious! The service won't disappoint. Did I mention how good this food is?

Cons: None to really speak of

Price: More expensive than many restaurants, but we're pretty sure it'll cost you a little less than Olive Garden. 2 appetizers, 5 adult meals, bread sticks, 2 iced teas, a soda, and 3 desserts - $122. Without appetizers and desserts, the bill would've been under $100.

The "bad": This is the second time I've eaten there, so I'm not sure if this happens all of the time, but the first night I was there, the pizza oven was broken. The second night I was there, it was really hot and stuffy in the restaurant.

The good: Both times, the service was above average, but I wouldn't call it great or exceptional. The food arrived in a timely manner, was hot, the waitress(es) were attentive, and they did their jobs well. If anything, though the restaurant didn't seem too busy, the waitresses acted very busy and seemed a little distracted. This came across to me as sort of impersonal. But again, they made zero mistakes, and I didn't feel neglected, ignored, nor forgotten about... they did their job well.

The exceptional: The food is fantastic! Even as leftovers, I couldn't stop thinking about how yummy it is.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Always good food and a comfortable place for dining any time of day. The pasta bar and salad bar combo (11am-2pm) is the best deal!!

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Service was great but unfortunately the food didn’t live up to the reviews we had read. Apart from the garlic bread which was excellent!
Cold pasta & the pizza we ordered has toppings missing!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Tucson!! We have become such frequent customers that they really do know our names. The food is always good, and we have introduced out of town and local guests to it. Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant is one of the Tucson Originals and a must-see for anyone and everyone who lives, works, or visits Tucson!!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Glad we made a reservation through Open Table. When we arrived, there were many waiting in line for their tables - while we were shown to ours right-a-way. As the place was packed, our waitress was under some stress and was a bit blunt at times...but we can overlook that under the circumstances. This time the food was only okay and the Uncle Mike's Bread was not worth the $3.00. Just accept their comp bread stick instead. The Veal Parmigiana was generous while the Shrimp Scampi had only 5 medium shrimps. Best thing was the Grilled Veggies.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great as usual. We visit often and the food is always outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was amazing. We had the Valentine's Day Special. The waitress was very friendly.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food. Great service from a Tucson Classic restaurant

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a large group of 11 adults and 3 small children, at a busy weekend time. Table was ready when we arrived, but it took quite a long time to get any water or place our orders. In a commendable effort to serve all the food at the same time, it appeared that some dishes may have sat under a heat lamp while the others were prepared. Pizza was terrific. Prices are very reasonable. All in all, we enjoyed our visit, but I'd probably go with a smaller group next time in hopes of a little less wait around to be served time.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was very good. Pasta was outstanding. Sara's service was excellent. Family friendly, but very noise and air conditioning was overwhelmed.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Love this place...Great food, friendly service at very reasonable prices. We make this our stop for dinner every time we’re in Tucson.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Homemade pasta noodles every morning - and you really can taste the difference. Everything is from scratch. If you are looking for unpretentious, truly from scratch cooking, this is amazing experience. This place is for sure worth coming back to. A great discovery and memory, look forward to going again on my next trip!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food Great Value Great Service (Shari)
Ciapino over filled with ingredients.
Bread all made fresh on site.
Desserts special.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was great. It always is. The service wasn't all that great. We were there for about 15 minutes before the waitress came over. She only came back to bring the food. Never saw her again. I never had bad service here before. Loved the food, hated the service.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

It was horrible they put us by the bar the food was not worth the price I'll never go there again

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Wow ... I was so lucky to find this place & get a reservation ! Great front of the house experience ( hostess & checking in) to getting the check. From beginning to end, we had a wonderful time. This place was awesome.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Actually, I was very impressed with the salad bar and pasta bar. I loved the tablecloths and the atmosphere. It was just a lovely lunch! Our food was plentiful and served hot. The salad bar, and the pasta bar were to die for. A lovely dining experience!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on January 4, 2018

The service and food were very good. We’ll go again.

Couldn’t fault the friendly service and the food and cocktails were spot on.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Our food was very good and our server was awesome.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Enjoyed a family gathering which was very special for Christmas Eve staff and food was fantastic

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Ambiance as very good as as the food. Joe's special as a bit too rich for me but otherwise a pleasant experience. Wait staff was very good.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We had dinner with family from out of town at Mama Louisa's. Everyone enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I especially liked the fact that they had Gluten free pasta choices AND the GF pasta was delicious!

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This place was delicious! I would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great tradition of food! Cute and most enjoyable Italian food!

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

My first time eating here. Very impressed. Excellent food. I will definitely be returning in the future.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Always great and Shellie did a great job! They also have a Military discount!

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