Mama Ricotta's

4.6
2762 reviews
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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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Charlotte
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular. Stellar customer service from the time we entered until the time we left. Our server got a bit busy but we never felt neglected. Highly recommend Mama Ricotta’s!!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Service wasn’t bad but it could have been better considering the location and reputation.

RS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a nice time. Got engaged that morning, waitress spilled a red cocktail on my fiancé and nothing happened. Outside of that, everything was fine.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Birthday Celebration

TJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!!! The food is amazing and service fantastic!

MP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always!! We were early, so it wasn’t as crowded. Food came very fast. We had eaten and left within 50 minutes-never felt rushed since food came fast!

JB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Family size is big enough for 3-4 people.

KC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waitress , knowledgeable about menu and very welcoming. We were celebrating a mutual wedding anniversary with another couple who have been searching for good Southern Italian in the Charlotte area... as we selected the restaurant, we were very pleased with the positive response. Menu was broad enough to satisfy any tastes, and food was delivered hot and well timed. The pizza we shared as an appetizer was s big hit ( we are pizza snobs), and everyone loved their entrees. When booking the evening, I noted that the dinner was an anniversary celebration, and was pleasantly surprised that our waitress noted the fact upon arrival, and , at the end of the meal, provided us with complementary desserts. We will definitely be back !

SL
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always love dinning at Mama Ricottas! We can always count on great service and wonderful food!

OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was delicious! Service was great as well.

CA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

When making a reservation, be prepared to be seated once your entire party arrives. 4 of us were on time, 2 were running 15 minutes behind schedule. We were not able to be seated until the final two arrived so we stood around in the way of the wait staff when we could have been ordering drinks and spending money. I realize tables are in high demand but this made us feel like we were in a fast food location, not a fine dining restaurant.

OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection and price. Will always visit this restaurant when we are in Charlotte. Highly recommended.

S
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! As always!!

KD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We treated my parents to Mama’s on Sunday. As always the food was phenomenal. The service was impeccable, again as always. My only complaint was that they only served lunch at 2:30 on a Sunday. They have an extensive choice filled dinner menu but the lunch menu, I believe, is better for lunch Monday to Saturday. Sunday’s should have the full menu. My parents live in Lincolnton and Pop’s doesn’t like to drive at night(really at all) so I thought the Sunday would be best for them.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooo good!! Amazing food, amazing waiter, honestly everything was incredible. Also really good prices! Perfect for a on the budget night out

OT
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid good tasting food

LS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Reservation was at 7:15; however was not seated until 7:55. Having worked in the service industry in the past and making many other reservations in the past, I have never experienced this with a reservation. To add to this, the hostesses had an attitude about us asking when we would finally be seated (we asked 3 times). This was also very frustrating given that others were being seated upon walking in. Perhaps the worst part was our departure...As we were walking out something was said by the hostess behind the hostess stand directed at us. The one holding the door had no response when I said “thank you” and when I turned around to check on my family; I caught her making a face at me. I was so shocked that I didn’t confront her, but instead watched her as the rest of my family came out the door. She did it again at my brother at end! I never even talked to these girls, apart from saying “thank you.”
I considered calling management because I have never been treated like that, especially as a paying patron. This is one the most well known Italian restaurants in Charlotte and to have staff that acts so caddy is beyond unprofessional. I am fairly certain we are not the first and won’t be the last that they act that way towards.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite go-to places. Always has good food and service, and the prices are reasonable.

D
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for lunch. We stopped on Saturday before a matinee performance downtown. We both ordered Pasta Primavera and thought it was great. The bread was good too.

Z
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friday night dinner
Mama Ricotta's is a great neighborhood family restaurant. While we don't have kids (at home, anyway), the popularity of the restaurant for families of all types was evident and in a good way. Of course, the garlic rolls are always great. Our selections were chicken parmesan. Wow! A massive helping of excellent chicken and pasta with a side of extra sauce if you wanted a bit more. Really, really good. Will enjoy it again at home.

CT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and fantastic service! A very enjoyable dining experience.

PS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

GREAT food and an outstanding server. Perfect place to celebrate an Italian friend's 21st birthday. The Big Mama's Chocolate cake was huge AND delicious too! Recommended!

MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent! Fresh and authentic! I particularly enjoyed the fresh mozzarella made in house!

j
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was very helpful, conversational without being intrusive and made the experience enjoyable. Wednesday was 1/2 price wine on bottles which was really good too. The chicken parm is excellent as was the rigatoni.

LT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Mama Ricotta’s was on my list and was not disappointed....the service was outstanding! Our waiter was personal and engaged- made great recommendations-
The food did not disappoint- portions were large (had to take out)- great wine too.

Definitely will be back!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I heard so many great great things about mama ricotta's and I figured I had to try it. I walked in it reminded me of an authentic Italian restaurant they start you off with bread rolls. Theirs a soup of the day I ordered the goat cheese Marscapone dip, the spaghetti and meatballs which was tender meatballs served with angel hair. The sauce tasted sweet and had fresh herbs. For dessert I had the cannoli it was a ricotta filling. The server was on point helpful on suggestions and not pushy.

KG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, the food was great. The service was somewhat on the slow side.

DA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and our waiter was fabulous! Our waiter had great recommendations on food choices.

ER
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family options are a great value. Great atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mama Ricotta’s is always great food, great service, and a great experience!

TM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and nice outdoor space. We enjoyed a nice meal, with good service in a lovely atmosphere.

Mama Ricotta's
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks for stopping in Tobie!

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WC
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good dinner with guests before a concert. Service was excellent. Just the right amount of attention delivered with charm by Nicki who was also knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. Food predictably good but perhaps a bit pricey for pasta and sauce entrees. Very busy evening so crowded and a bit loud but not to the point of interfering with conversation. Parking limited but will remain a “go to” place for nights out before events uptown and other informal dinners.

Mama Ricotta's
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thanks WCthree! We hope your dinner was as enjoyable as the concert!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious, and the restaurant has a good atmosphere. Service was ok, but could've been a bit better.

JV
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best Italian restaurants in Charlotte! The food is incredible, the service consistent and overall ambiance is great whether it’s date night, a girls night out, or family dinner. I always recommend this place to friends and family coming to town.

Mama Ricotta's
Responded on August 2, 2019

Glad to hear it Jen!! Come back and see us again soon!

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t
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is wonderful!!! Service is excellent! Deciding what to order is the biggest problem knowing that everything is good!

ES
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Mama Ricotta's. Excellent food and good service. Best garlic rolls ever and amazing pizza. Everything is good.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, delicious! Great service, we love it

OT
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early birthday celebration. As always, Mama’s doesn’t disappoint. The food, the service and the overall experience was great. We had our favorite server, Derrick. He’s a true asset to Mama Ricotta’s.

DS
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had dinner with another couple..7PM reservations on a Saturday evening. They were packed! Great food for the price. But we sat inside and it was so hot I had sweat rolling down my legs...and I’m a thin fit person. The noise is a problem...was glad we had a booth which probably helped a wee bit. Service was fantastic..and good wine selection. Would return again...but when they weren’t so busy!!

b
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent restaurant even when busy. As is usual, a reservation during Friday/Saturday is mandatory at supper time.

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