Mama Mia - 44sw

4.3
780 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to our family-owned restaurant since 1971! Three generations of our family have labored hard to bring you authentic Southern Italian recipes, a warm atmosphere, great service, and excellent food and wine! 

Blocks from the Theatre District, Mama Mia 44sw is considered the Best Family Owned Italian Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. Whether your from the neighborhood, a tourist, or theatre-goer this is a hidden gem certain to delight you!

We are consistently rated 4 to 5-Stars across the board!!!
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SC
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Well prepared Italian food, large portions, friendly vibe, moderate prices, convenient choice in theater district.

AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my 'go to' restaurants in the Theatre District- a block away on 9th Ave. it has less of the noisy crowd that tends to go to restaurant row. The food is fantastic - I always think Mama is cooking just for me. Remember good food takes time ! The staff do not hurry you from course to course but are accommodating if you tell them you have theatre tickets.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite spots to eat in NYC. Even when we don’t have a reservation they try to accommodate. It’s like eating with family and the food is always hot on arrival and some of the most reliable and wonderful Italian meals around. All at a very affordable price!

k
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My friend and I ordered the same entree but they were different colors. We had linguini with white clam sauce. Hers was white, mine was beige. We told the waitress who sent the manager over and we told/showed her. Since it tasted fine, she poo-poo'd it saying it must be more oil in mine. She even went into the kitchen to ask, and came out with the same response. It tasted fine, but I was somewhat nervous eating it, so I left most of it over. She never took that into account. I didn't want a freebie - but it would have been nice if she brought me a new dish. It wasn't a terrible thing, but I won't go back.

RN
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

Very very loud! No AC that I could feel.

Food was great.

Service was very friendly, if a bit inattentive.

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. We were a party of 7 and we were accommodated in the most professional way! There food was delicious and I will definitely be coming back again!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service

AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and our waiter was fantastic. A real gem, especially for pre-theater dining!

D
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cosy, family-run restaurant. Good food, good service had only 1 hour to have dinner before a play, and they were able to accommodate us.

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our table was ready right when wer arrived but we started with a drinnk at the bar. We were not rushed which we appreciated. When we sat down at our table our waiter was very attentive and our food was delivered wuickly without feeling rushed. Everythingw as very tasty and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals!

IK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Reliable comfort food in a comfortable venue. It's been here in Hell's Kitchen for decades, and I hope it lasts for decades longer.

JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was friendly. We were able to sit outside which was important to us on a beautiful evening. We both had pasta and enjoyed them very much.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Calamari !
Delish chicken parm
And garlic bread finger licking good 😋

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have become a regular here! I love taking my friends and family when they visit me in my work area. I love that it's a family owned business for 48 years now, and the food is amazing! Best salmon entree I've ever had. Will be back again and again!

- Holly

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service

DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food but horrible service. Waitress was talking on her cell phone and not following up on our orders. By the end of our dinner she was having drinks with somebody else and not attending to us anymore. The bartender and others were great but she was bad. Left a rare 10% tip

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute place.
Reasonable prices
Good food

s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We are regulars here and the food is always exceptional. There is a “but”. We can tell what our experience will be as soon as we know who our server is. There is a huge difference is service between servers. There is one taller gentleman with brown hair who is always stellar. Aside from him it is either incredibly inconsistent or actively bad. This past visits, sadly, was bad. The food as I mentioned is ALWAYS Stellar. If only the service were that consistent.

BC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. I made a 5pm reservation for a 7pm show. We ordered entrees at 5:15pm and nothing arrived until 5:59pm. I inquired twice and was told “five minutes.” This is a shame because this used to be great before the theatre.

LG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in New York, mana Mia was close by one of the shows we attended. We arrived a bit early but was able to sit right away. Would love to go back when ever are in New York again.

CG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We went to Mama Mia 44sw for brunch before a show. My friend had the salmon and vegetables and she said it was delicious. I had the brunch Started with the Mamosa’s very good and had an omelette with vegetables which was also delicious and the best potatoes. Next time I come there I plan to try to do dinner

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very sweet server and very attentive. Would be great for date night. Will definitely return

BF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and service was excellent! Our only complaint was that we were blasted by air conditioning and fans where we were seated which made some of us uncomfortably cold.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent why I keep bringing friends back

PH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service, and drinks were fantastic. Seating very comfortable and the staff very accommodating to your needs. Even meet Mama Mia, classy lady, like her restaurant! They must be doing something right for being there 40+ years. Thanks for the great evening.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch is a great deal here. Lots of entree options and beverages/muffins included. It’s never too crowded either. Great for last minute brunch or lunch.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was slow. We waited a lengthy time to order dessert and coffee and receive our check. Once we were done, the staff rushed us off to set the table for the next diners. Very poor professionalism.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always the best food! always
always theist service
Love going there every time I am in New York!!!

TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was good and the staff friendly. All the meals were flavorful.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised not to be rushed on a Saturday night before theater time. We allowed plenty of time. I've been here before, but my friend from Chicago picked 44 SW based on the menu. It would have been nice if a small green salad had been included. The four of us split two salads. One side salad was fine for two people. We didn't have dessert, so I can't comment on that. The waitress was pleasant and attentive.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Reservations are suggested and when made, not honored. We waited for a table while she seated lots of walk-in parties ahead of us - lower your expectations and you’ll be fine.

TC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mama Mia was a wonderful surprise. We have passed by it a number of times and said we should go there someday. It was perfectly delightful, delicious and all with warm hospitality!

EY
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice family runner restaurant. Food came out steaming hot. Enjoyed the chicken and apple salad a lot.

MF
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable Italian place near the Theater district. I've been here several times and never had a bad meal. The food is very good and the portions are generous. The location is ideal for those going to the theater. Seating can be tight - but that's the case in a lot of NYC restaurants. Would definitely recommend this place for good Italian eats!

B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family reunion and everyone did a great job to accommodate us! One of our favorite places in NYC!!

RG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had dinner reservations at 8pm on Saturday (6/9). Quite possibly the worst service I have ever experienced on. Our waitress may have been new, young or inexperienced and possibly related to the owner. Otherwise she would not be able to work at another restaurant. Yes, it was that bad. Food was okay and the bar service was super slow. The waitress took our drink order, proceeded by food order. Then she never visited our table again. At one point we clearly needed another drink and I spied the waitress eating at another table within view. I looked over at her a couple of times, made eye contact but nothing. So, my daughter walked up to the bar, in clear view, and ordered her own drink and carried it back to the table. No reaction from the waitress. We were then serviced by no less than three other people at various times but no clear communication between any of them. I am usually a generous tipper but in this case, I decided to leave barely a 5% tip. Sorry Mama Mia. You will never see us again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pre theatre dining. We stated to wait staff and service was still slow. If they had come back in time after giving us the dessert menu, we would have ordered.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was okay, we ordered around 6:30 pm and our appetizers arrived by 6:40. Our entrees did not arrive until 7:30. That’s way too long for a NYC restaurant. On top of that my food was poorly seasoned. I would not return

OT
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A few things...the meatballs are amazing. Like. Seriously. The service was splendid. It is obvious that they care about their customers. Glad we checked it out.

AH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to eat. We have been here on two separate occasions. The food is outstanding. The prices are very reasonable. I would definitely go back. We went here before showing they were able to get us in an out super fast. Totally will go back.

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