Mama Ricotta's

4.6
2717 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
5 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service.

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Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not as consistent as it used to be. One thing about Scibelli's places is they are typically very consistent in food and service. This visit everything just slightly off. The bread was hard, the food might have not been seasoned well enough. Nothing was bad but nothing was great. The service was fine but not overly friendly and no refills. We took an out of town guest stating this was our favorite and best Italian spot in Charlotte and it was a little disappointing.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty and well presented.

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

Too loud!
Always a favorite and we were served promptly.
Just too loud.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We had show tickets and the wait staff made sure we did not feel rushed and were able to get us out on time.

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

Delicious meal and fantastic service.

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

The food and overall service was very good. However, we did feel very rushed to order even after asking if we could just have a little more time. We were with old friends and just wanted to catch up while having a glass of wine. We were in and out within an hour which was really rushed for us. (This time frame evens includes cleaning up a spilled drink on our table, which took a bit of time. We cleaned up most of the spill ourselves using napkins prepared for another table. The waitress did come over but we had most of it cleaned before she arrived) The noise level is also extremely high and difficult to hear those at our table. The Caesar salad was the best we have had in a long time. :)

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AV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, we enjoyed appetizers, salad and dinner... A great value!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I were in town and looking for an Italian meal. Everything was outstanding! We had pizza, chicken Parmesan, wonderful pasta, and salad with salmon. We would recommend and certainly go back when we are in Charlotte again!

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JP
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great, atmosphere beautiful.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time here and it was phenomenal. We loved how fresh everything was. The bruschetta appetizer was especially fantastic and I swear their mashed potatoes are some of the best I've ever had. We will definitely be back!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Great wine and our server, Tristen, did a nice job

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Somewhat noisy due to acoustics and tables being close together.

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JE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall, good food, prompt service. Value okay. Noise level way too high. Had to shout to be heard. It's not energetic, it's deafening for older folks, 60s and up.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and price.

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Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok for the price, yet true authentic Italian is much better in Myrtle. The veal was overcooked and tough, small portion of lasagna, etc. We won’t be returning.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The ambiance is average BUT that it all. The service was great, food was just as good. We have been there multiple times and will be back again. Well done.

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

Soo good!! Will definitely return so. Favorite appetizer - Tomato Mozzarella, Favorite entree - Braised short rib. Can't wait to have them again!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was bussin and our waiter was the best

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, especially the calamari appetizer, was outstanding. I'm glad I read reviews suggesting what to order. The atmosphere of the restaurant was not ideal. There were just too many tables in a small space. Perhaps, if my party had been seated at a booth, it wouldn't have been a problem.

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SE
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Best Italian food I’ve ever had in a restaurant from Fort Mill to Charlotte. Our waitress, I believe her name was Paige, told us the specials for the day, she was very attentive and provided great service. I enjoyed Donny coming by our table twice to make sure our food, service and experience were great!

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BI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Italian food

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Charlotte
55 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just such a fabulous place food is always spectacular and always great servive❤️

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Daughters Birthday

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SG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience

Nice atmosphere + fast polite service

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good service was average and noise level was high ( no fault of yours ) will be back and tell others.. thank you..

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

We have lived in Charlotte for almost three decades but this was our first visit to Mama Ricotta’s. We had family visiting and wanted to play tourist in our own town and try someplace new. We arrived on Saturday around 2pm so the restaurant was not crowded. The only hiccup we had was that the young hostess seated 7 adults and a baby in a carrier at a six person booth with two benches when there were several other larger tables open that would easily accommodate our party. After we were moved to a larger table, the rest of the experience was superb. Food was absolutely delicious, atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed, and our server was fantastic. We will be back.

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mama's is always good. Absolutely love the Sicilian Red Pepper Salad w/fresh mozzarella on bruschetta. It was a little disappointing to learn (after being seated) that the pizza oven was out of commission, but there was a fire the previous week and the oven had not yet been replaced. Nothing could be done, but maybe a sign would have been helpful to those who came to the restaurant intending to order pizza. Bottom line -- Mama's is a reliably good place for a meal!

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Mama ricotta‘s on several occasions in the last month. The food is always outstanding and the service excellent. This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the whole area. We drive Down from Lake Norman into Charlotte just to go here. Keep up the good work!

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

Mama Ricotta's is my favorite Italian restaurant in Charlotte! I went for my birthday this year and it was phenomenal as always! Highly recommend to everyone in the Charlotte area!

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

No pizzas due to the fire. Also had to wait constantly for our server to come by our table. Told us she “forgot” about us. 😳

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Momma Ricotta’s is consistently great! The special was amazing.

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Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been to Mama Ricotta's in a few years because of all the new restaurants in Charlotte. Went there last minute for a birthday celebration and we were all very impressed. Our party of 6 was all impressed with the food, service and atmosphere. The menu has something for everyone. You will be impressed! We'll be back and this time not in a few years!

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first visit there. Not our favorite start, there were lots of tables open, we had a reservation and the hostess wanted to sit us in the back area in the far right corner. We asked if we could have a table in better location and it was fine and she moved us.
Our server was Tandy. We loved her from the first moment !! She was so sweet and think you have an outstanding server in your midst :)
Her recommendations were spot on, the food was phenomenal. ALL OF IT !!!
We had a $100 gift card and we used $84.00. We decided to gift the balance to another couple and they were delighted.
We live in Harrisburg and can hardly wait to go back and enjoy the food again. Thank you for a lovely experience.
Carol Andora

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Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlotte is lucky to have such a fabulous Italian restaurant where not only is the food fabulous so is the knowledgeable servers!!! Whether you are dining in or ordering take out...consistently scrumptious food (and helpful staff)

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food! The best lasagne I have ever ate. My mother-in-law loved the broccoli chicken penne with the lemon sauce. It was my husband's birthday & they brought him a canolli with a candle. He didn't want anyone singing happy birthday and the server respected his wishes.

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Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great dinner at Mama Ricotta’s. My business colleagues were from Ohio and enjoyed their food and appreciated the experience.

Thanks for making me look good AGAIN!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday, we went with friends who had complained they hadn’t been able to find good Italian food. The food, service, and atmosphere were great and our friends were completely happy! Always consistent, this is one of our favorite restaurants.

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TA
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Mama Ricotta's in awhile -popped in for lunch this week with some out of town guests and was pleasantly surprised! Our server Christian was friendly, efficient and made great suggestions. Our food came out quickly and everyone was happy with their selections. We will be back!

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