Mama Ricotta's

4.8
3188 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 3188 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerryF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice birthday dinner at Mama Ricotta's. We were able to sit in a quiet corner on the newly enclosed porch, which was great especially as my son gets very nervous around others during these COVID times. The food was delicious, especially the goat cheese appetizer, and the waitress was very helpful.

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KentB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food. Never been disappointed.

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CindyB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was wonderful. Hot, flavorful and prepared as requested.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was even better! Definitely would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We now understand why this place has been such a staple for Italian food in Charlotte. Delicious food, friendly staff!

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Yummy
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a QC classis and is just as good, if not better! If you like Southern Italian, it's a must!

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DrewM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was ok, not bad but room for improvement. Service could have been a lot faster in some areas. Lot of food for the money. During covid so it’s not like it was slammed.

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vipDolfan4Life
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my sister's birthday and it was such a great choice. The food was fabulous and service was top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date Night w the Ex wife

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TomP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Our go-to for birthday dinners with family.

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CarolynW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and won’t be the last!! Food was SO delicious, I wish we could have tried everything on the menu! We also had a bottle of the Le Volte which was also delicious and I definitely recommend!

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GeneiceB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Hunter, was amazing and the food was great, as always.

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vipclassygirlswearpearls
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and the best food, as always! We love this place for both a casual night out and special occasion.

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RichR
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and environment every time. They have it down to a science at this place. You won’t leave disappointed.

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George
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately I received a call and had to leave before we started our meal. Our waiter accommodated our request to change to take out and quickly took care of our meals. The service was fantastic, as was our meal when we had a chance to eat. I hope to return to enjoy the meal in the restaurant.

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MelissaL
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! We've been there several times and have never been disappointed! Lasagna, angel hair pasta, pork chops, soup, salad, meatballs have all been delicious!!! Excellent service too!!!

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LindsayW
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food as always. Our waitress was very attentive and gave great suggestions on our meal choices and dessert. We will definitely be back.

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DS35
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food with great service and nice atmosphere, definitely a hidden gem in Charlotte

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TommyG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service was exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was amazing and so friendly but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great portions, and the service was fast. Had a very authentic vibe... will definitely go back.

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a colleague to lunch for her birthday...nice setting, easy to talk across the table and the food was excellent. We took the server's advise and ordered the Special of the dat, Grilled Chicken on Rigatoni with Light Pesto, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh Cracked Pepper, it was rather light and quite delicious. We will definitely go again.

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Charlotte! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d eat here every night if I could!!!

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vipDiningOut
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty, make reservations in advance. Fantastic meatballs, pasta and don’t underestimate a good salad!

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foodfan
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have always love mama ricottas’s. Food is always amazing and just a great place to spend an evening with friends. This visit did not disappoint. Paige did a wonderful job serving our table

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Diningwkids
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to Mama Ricotta’s for my daughters 16th birthday. The food was FANTASTIC! Everything we ordered was amazing. From the garlic bread & mussels for starters (FYI every basket of bread is 12.95!) to the lasagne, chicken parm, and ravioli. Every dish was a home run! My husband is a NY Italian and dinner at Mama Ricotta’s was like having Sunday dinner at his grandmothers house. Delicious and authentic. I can’t wait to come back!

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vipPeacock
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great

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vipStacyN
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was delicious with fresh ingredients ~ awesome in every way. We split the chicken parm with basil mash. Also had the bruschetta! Sangria was great too :)

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JeanneK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was delightful. The food delicious and the service five star.

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vipBruce
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Don't miss the desert. Very generous portions of all dishes.

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AshC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great meal at Mama's. The penne alla vodka with sausage is my new favorite! I have been going to Mama Ricotta's since 1996, so I am a huge fan. I wish they would have a location at Lake Norman. I drive in just to eat there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here for our 18th wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint. Some of the best Italian food we’ve had in a long time, amazing atmosphere, and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always!

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Elizabeth97
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Celebrated my birthday at Mama Ricotta's (it's a tradition)! Great food!

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BeverlyC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diners were kept far enough apart to feel safe. Service was quick and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious meals and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their pasta and the service were both impeccable! A great place for lunch AND dinner!

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Johnathan
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely fantastic. The prices are reasonable and you get more than enough for what you pay for. We had Ben as our server and he was outstanding. This is definitely a place to continue going back to.

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 4.8 stars by 3188 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.