Mama Ricotta's

4.6
3550 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 3550 people are saying
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MattR
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitress was awesome, food was delicious! My friends and I had a great time! The desserts were amazing!

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DanielleB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional and so was the food. The staff made great recommendations. The goat cheese dip is a MUST have. The Penne vodka pasta was excellent and so was the lasagna.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner night out with the fam!

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AliciaB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch deal. Great portions and service!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We went for a birthday, they have a little birthday celebration thing where u can order any dessert and still get the candle and happy birthday wish. For starters you get garlic knots in a basket, super yummy. We also ordered bruschetta for a appetizer, it was fantastic. For our entree we ordered lasagna and garlic mashed potato’s, and the chicken-parm with garlic mashed potato’s. Both really good, had lots of left overs to take home. For dessert My bf ordered the Nutella pie, it tasted more like peanut butter than Nutella but it was fine. I ordered the apple crisp which was super good. Out waiter was outstanding, service was great overall. The restaurant has two sections, one is brighter than the other so technically you could have the option between two ambiences. Overall really good experience and will def be coming back.

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ShenikaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Lasagna was hard couldn’t eat it !!! We felt rushed by the waiter !
The carbonara was average at best . No rush to go back !

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to restaurant for all our family celebrations.

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jorgev
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Enjoyable Italian restaurant. Excellent service. Meal was fine, but nothing special.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was recommended by an Uber driver and it didn't disappoint!

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KatrinaM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama Ricotta’s is the best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy. The goat cheese appetizer is a party in your mouth good.

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RachelM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my two boys on a date night and we loved the food and atmosphere! Our service was great and we will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. We actually found the recommendation for here on Tik Tok and it did not disappoint. Everything was incredible. We will be back!

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AlfredD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding, been wanting to get hear for about a year, and now that I made it, I will definitely become a regular, want to try so much on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

In not so many words-frozen broccoli, Ragu meat sauce for rigatoni
Not so special - wooo disappointed
Wait staff was very accommodating- I always feel bad saying anything-
Sort I wish I could say more positive things

JW
vipJeffW
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frank and his team at Mama's never disappoint. This meal was no exception. The only challenge whenever we dine with them is choosing just one thing from the menu. It's all GREAT! We always look forward to the next time.

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Jase
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was subpar compared to other Italian restaurants. It did not taste fresh except for the garlic bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were very disappointed to learn that 1/2 price wine has been discontinued. We have been making a “girls night out” on Wednesday for several years, and that was always a highlight of our meals. Please consider bringing that back!

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FoodieMo
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The front hostess was less than helpful when I required to have a private setting.

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vipGabrielleH
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always outstanding at Mama’s!

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Alex
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the pizzas and the appetizer. The latter was unexpectedly enormous, but very enjoyable, whereby we had plenty of pizza leftovers! The pizzas were very well cooked, taking advantage of a perfect oven, though perhaps the dough could have used being a bit less gummy and thinner, and the tomato and mozzarella one had perhaps a hair too much spice in the tomato sauce - just a good old-fashioned Margherita would have been better yet! Having a lot of first hand pizza experience directly from the Motherland 🇮🇹🇮🇹 I would recommend lightening up the pizza fare and offer less heavy, simpler pizza options. But what we had was good. Service was also good and fairly attentive, ambiance very pleasant. All in all, we enjoyed our visit.

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egealy
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very beautiful restaurant. very welcoming staff, they really made my night special! couldn’t thank my server enough for his great service throughout the night.

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RaphaelB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Waiter kin and helpful. Didn’t wait long for food. Price was grwat.

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Lynnettew
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

First time dining there. I had made reservations for out 34 th anniversary, which I had noted. Requested a booth, for 3:00pm. When we got there the Hostess was not as pleasant as I had hoped, never mentioned anniversary etc but did place us at a booth. As patrons came in, most were sat all on the same side so we were all very close. Waiter was ok, brought out our appetizer, goat cheese and sauce, which was delicious! I had a Tuscan salad and hubby had soup, both very good and then I had penne ala vodka and hubby had lasagna. Again both were pretty good. We each had two glasses of wine, although the second ones were brought out when we were almost done even though we had asked to have them brought out with the meal. Waiter then brought out check, we had to ask if we could have coffee and he never asked us about dessert. I felt, as they had been informed it was a special occasion, they could have at least asked if we wanted something, not for free, but just ask. So all in all, food was good, atmosphere was lovely, staff and the interaction with them seemed lacking and definitely wasn’t made to feel like we were celebrating.

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Elizabeth97
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go to Mama Ricotta’s for 2 things Angel Hair Pasta w/meatball and tiramisu. Was disappointed you took my favorite entree off the menu. I’ve been ordering it for about 17 years.

Hope you add it back.

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EricaS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a pleasure having dinner here! Looking forward to next time.

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Bugsy
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. We will definitely be back

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VonnieO
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter John provided excellent service. The mussels were delicious even the tomatoe based sauce. I also had the chicken sausage pizza which I loved. Our food was hot when arrived to our table. The garlic bread was even good. I will definitely be going back for another meal.

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JodiS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Everything was perfect! We had the Goat Cheese appetizer it was amazing!
For our entrees we chose the Chicken Parmesan very delicious and 2 tender chicken breasts. Also the Penne Alla Vodka with shrimp was prefect with the light sauce. I added the shrimp it was so fresh! It was our anniversary! I would definitely recommend eating here! The waiter Tyler was great!!

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IrvingS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mama Ricotta's is just a wonderful place for any meal. The cuisine is just like it was for me as i grew up. The food is spot on, the service is attentive and the atmosphere delightful. Mama Ricotta handles the little things as if they were the most important things. I will be back with other neighbors and will bring my wife and other family as well. They are clearly a shining star!

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vipTarennaG
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are out here for my son’s 24th birthday. The service was great! Food great! An overall good time. We were a party of six and ordered the calamari, lasagna, parmigiana chicken, linguine with mussels and the risotto special with shrimp. Delicious!!!!! Thank you Mamma!!!!!

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Wendy
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were delicious. The service was very good. The acoustics are not great, so hearing conversations were a bit of a struggle. For a Wednesday night, the restaurant was packed. Making reservations in advance thru Open Table was a definite plus.

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giniarnold
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid date night at mama ricotta’s. The food is delicious, the service is top notch, and the ambiance is just right.

JK
vipJosephK
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding

JB
JudyB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit to Mama’s. Waiter was exceptional and made our first visit very relaxed and comfortable. Highly recommend both Chicken Parm and Veal Marsala.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food was on point!

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ShaeeB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server Jerry. It was my daughter and I first time eating here & it was amazing. Food down to the service! I would recommend any time with coming!

JL
JaidenL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite, very tasteful and w good / quick service.

JF
JimandFran1
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were just in Charlotte overnight so we had no idea what to expect from Mama Ricotta. If you’re like us GO! From the moment we entered until we left we had such a lovely time. Our server was exceptional
as were the hostesses. It seemed most people were having a similar experience. The goat cheese and marscapone appetizer is enough to make us visit every time we are in Charlotte. My husband had a local brewers beer and we shared a 14 in pizza. We had Big Joe’s and added mushrooms. The house made sausage was so good! The crust was great and the toppings were generous with weighing the whole pizza down.

We highly recommend Mama Ricotta’s for a relaxing evening that allows you to linger and savor rather than feeling rushed.

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vipESMA
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped on our way to the airport after finding it on Open Table. It was the best meal we had during our time in NC! Food was outstanding. Next time we're in Charlotte, we'll definitely be going back!

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 4.6 stars by 3550 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.