Mama Ricotta's

4.7
3525 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
From the Wine Spectator Award to "Best Italian Restaurant" from Zagat, Mama Ricotta's Italian Restaurant brings to life the award-winning vision of owner Frank Scibelli. With a long, proud reputation built on authentic recipes, made from the freshest of ingredients and prepared by the finest culinary minds in the South, Mama Ricotta's restaurant is the premier Italian dining destination in Charlotte. "Upscale homestyle" is our style, and we love to bring it to you, again and again. Begin your adventure with a warm Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Dip served with grilled crostini, and then move into the warm freshness of our Penne Alla Vodka, tossed in a spicy cream tomato sauce. Or, let the subtle flavors of our Pollo Carciofi delight even your most discriminating of tastes. Our commitment to freshness is one of our most valued traditions - we even house-make our mozzarella! With nearly two decades of success, we've made it our goal to bring you only the best, with our best.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3525 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and the food was outstanding!! Will definitely come back.

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JackF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where do you wanna go...I dont know, where do you wanna go...(in unison) Mamma Ricatta's. We frequent the restaurant, and each time is more wonderful than the prior. The service, if possible, is even better than the food. I never leave without my belly full.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I meet at Mama Ricotta’s once a month and we always get the Pasta Primavera entree and salad and split them. Our meal is always delicious but yesterday the Primavera just didn’t have a lot of taste. It’s like the garlic was left out of the sauce. It was edible but just not as tasty as it usually is. The salad was delicious. The service was excellent. We will definitely go back though as Mama Ricotta’s is our favorite place to eat!

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Judi
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed with the service and food quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was fine but not great. Ambiance and deco is very nice though. Good place to eat but food can be better, we took an appetizer and it was just toasted bread and tomato sauce. Pizza crust was a bit saggy and not crusty at all and the white pizza of my husband was without any flavors very flat.

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GradyP
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was good except for the fact I ran completely out of tea several times. My bad for not requesting a table. The hostess should have noticed the booth was designed for people smaller than us. It was tight on me but my wife said she was ok.

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SummerH
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good was tremendous as always! Our server was good. You can tell they were slightly short staffed but she was still attentive.

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vipVarietyIsASpice
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Garlic knots were okay; bruschetta great; short ribs were amazing & the apple crisp was a lovely finisher. Service was relaxed and thorough. Mama Ricotta is always a tasty go to!

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cleaned our plates. I wished they'd acknowledged my boyfriend's birthday as indicated in the reservation though. We've been here plenty of times though and plan to return soon.

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MShelB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Five girlfriends went out to dinner before seeing a show at Ovens. We had the goat cheese and mascarpone dip that never disappoints. 3 of us got the grilled salmon salad, and I would have gone back the next day for it if I didn't live nearly an hour away. It was so delicious with the dressing, arugula, capers, artichokes, zucchini and salmon. One of the best salads I have ever had. My cousin said the pasta primavera was delicious, and my friend ate every bite of her lasagna and said it was yummy. I also had a tasty glass of sangria. Hoping to go back very soon!

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cosic
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Waitress was a little bit slow. Food is overpriced even being one of the cheapest ones in town they even gave me my pasta overcooked.

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madisonm
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a reservation for 8:30 and I wasn’t aware they closed at 9. It took a while to be greeted at our table and we felt rushed the whole time. The food was okay, nothing to rave about. The waiter told us “I’m closing tonight so you can take your time eating” after giving us our bill immediately after the food. I hate giving reviews based on customer service because we should really just review the food and restaurant but everything added together was so average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love the food and atmosphere

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kbyummy
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

In a time where getting good service seems to be a thing of the past, I was gracious of our evening at Mama Ricotta’s. Our server did a lovely job guiding us through the menu and made a spectacular recommendation of adding sausage to my lemon chicken dish. It was delicious. She didn’t push expensive wine and was very attentive to my daughter and me as we enjoyed a sweet little date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Our pasta was very good. I would give our server a “C”. Our food arrived before our salads, and we had to ask for grated cheese, salt, pepper and bread.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dining with a friend to catch up. Nice atmosphere - busy but not noisy. We had an outstanding server, Meredith. She was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Our meals were excellent and the bread pudding I brought home was delicious!

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JACKL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT PLACE FOR DINNER BEFORE THE THEATRE UPTOWN!!

MG
vipMarianaG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had dinner and the food was ok. The service was good but we will not go back.

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vipsmaroulis
Charlotte
42 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Went thinking from the great reviews that they served Italian food. It is not. Tough dry chicken- my husband was sick all night. Carbonara was greasy & overcooked w scrambled egg- sad. Took way too long ( had a 2:45 reservation) & it took over 40 minutes. Were out of eggplant (????). Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent the weekend in Charlotte from Nashville, TN. The food was phenomenal and it was very affordable. Must haves: lasagna, the Caesar salad, the goat cheese and mascarpone dip appetizer, and the zuppa del giorno soup. Would recommend to others!

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SaraJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best italian in charlotte!!!!! best meatballs!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Saturday Lunch with my 30 year old Daughter who
Was in Charlotte for meeting! We both enjoyed Waiter’s Service
And Delicious Italian Entrees(Ravioli, Lasagna) & split Mama’s
Salad. Mimosa & Bloody Mary good too!

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RegC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service; highly recommend especially if you want to get a mile out of downtown/uptown area where prices are higher

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SLIMDAWG1
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, atmosphere & food in a little strip mall that's surprising. Will definitely come back.

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DavonB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Highly recommended. Shortrib is a must-try

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t been there in a couple years and oh my goodness why not??? The food was absolutely incredible- like seriously! Our waiter and everyone we came in contact with was so kind and friendly. And our waiter was so knowledgeable and extremely helpful! The atmosphere was wonderful. And did I mention how awesome and authentic the food was!!! I will be back soon!

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GregM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible italian food at affordable price. Highly recommend!

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Debbie
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! It was busy, but the food came out quick. Attentive service.

DB
vipDBDtraveler
Charlotte
165 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama Ricotta’s is one of the best restaurants in CLT. Never disappoints!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Our waitress, Ashley was very pleasant and accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual. Thank not good things to say.

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BiankaK
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, Mama Ricotta’s did not disappoint. Delicious food and great service.

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Sylvia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food around. I highly recommend trying this place.

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VictorW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great, service was a bit slow for us.... there were others who came in way after we did and were eating before us.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was amazing but food ataste and options are mediocre.

JK
vipJosephK
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The goat cheese appetizer was a great start. Also got the chicken parm, was awesome.
Be back soon

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MEM1
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food quality and quantity. Great service and reasonable wine prices and selection

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TousiamX
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was awesome! Would recommend if you love Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama R never disappoints us. We have a monthly girls night and the 1/2 price wine lets us have a very nice bottle of wine at a very reasonable price. Great food, great service.

MN
vipMarkN
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love Mama’s.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mama Ricotta's using the Order Online button. Mama Ricotta's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 343-0148.

Mama Ricotta's is rated 4.7 stars by 3525 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.