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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 .

2041 S. Craycroft Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
29th Street and Craycroft Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(520) 790-4702

Website:
http://www.mamalouisas.com/

Catering:
Traditional Italian Dishes

Executive Chef:
Michael Elefante

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine

Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 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!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Tucson)·Dined on January 5, 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our food was very good and our server was awesome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 9, 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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This place was delicious! I would definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Paleo Friendly
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This restaurant is a must-go-to destination while visiting Tucson, Arizona. The food is terrific and ample. The service is fun and friendly. Go often and become a regular; it's like going home for dinner.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food and awesome service.

Love the traditional Italian dishes and homemade pasta

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

For the best Italian food in Tucson go to Mama Louisa's.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Great homemade pasta. Was not very busy for a Sunday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The perfect place to celebrate a 70th birthday!! The salad bar and pasta bar combo is great!! Most pasta is house made and original!! I go there often and feel like family now!!

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 (Tucson)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Always great! Not my first and won't be my last visit.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Tucson)·Dined on June 18, 2017

As usual it was a great experience!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The Service was excellent. Food selections impressive.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was pretty slow, dessert never offered, breadsticks undercooked, and food was made wrong for 3 dishes. It was relatively quiet for Mother's Day. I was pretty disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I've been going to this restaurant for over 40 years! Always consistently good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quick Bite
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 6, 2017

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.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on May 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Good food and service. The salad bar had a variety of items. The early bird portion with the salad bar was the perfect amount of food. I had the house special it was very yummy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Dinner not fresh and pasta cold . Sent it back and left

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 (Tucson)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Wonderful as always. Always at the top of our list when visiting Tucson.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 25, 2017

It was our first time eating at Mama Louisa's, and we cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Tucson)·Dined on March 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Valeriia was an excellent waitress, constantly attentive to our needs and the status of our order.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Vegan, Comfort Food
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 (Tucson)·Dined on February 25, 2017

I had such a great experience. The food is amazing and fairly priced. Great service and ambiance.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tucson)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The food was great. Joe's Special was wonderful. The staff was attentive and nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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