Mama Ricotta's

4.8
3242 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 3242 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ezekiel
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The food has an authentic Italian taste. Like homemade food. Great service. Servers are friendly and very attentive. We will be returning and we will recommend friends and family to this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome. GREAT waiter!

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Terry
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. Everything is house made. I got chicken parmesan which was so good. There was so much food, it would be split level unless you have a hefty appetite. I always like Mama Ricotta’s. There is a reason it’s been in Charlotte so long.

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Manish
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Place was busy but not that bus. We had reservations for 7:15 and they accommodated us right at 7:15 pm. We did. It order appetizer and order main dish right away. They did not bring my food until 8:00 pm. Almost 40 mins later really! Next I had order pizza and as soon as I took a slice it was c I’llld felt like it was sitting there after the cook. Yes the replace my pizza but by that time I lost my appetite. Not a good experience for being first time customer. Disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!! My wife and I loved it! Our waitress was extremely nice and made sure we were well taken care of! Will definitely be going back the next time we’re in town!!

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vipchristineM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

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LYNDAB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I was so looking forward to lunch with a friend after your renovations. Our salad ( arugula w/salmon) was so soggy and laden with dressing! Not enjoyable or appetizing. A disappointment.

I left hungry! And not wanting to sing your praises. The wait staff was fabulous, though. I wish the food had matched the service.

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Robin
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama Ricotta's is one of my favorite Charlotte restaurants. The food is excellent most importantly. The ambience is nice and relaxing with a pop of Italian charm. The staff is very accommodating and pleasant. I have gone at both lunch and dinner times as well as special occasions (birthday, Mother's Day) and have always left feeling like I am glad I came. Lunch portions are smaller than dinner portions which I like as well. The lasagna is my favorite along with Mama's salad, calamari for appetizer and tiramisu for dessert. As a coffee drinker(without cream or sugar) I think their coffee is excellent too.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meredith had great energy, and made me & my girlfriend’s experience amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really think Mama Ricotta’s is under rated. I am not sure which is better; the food or the staff. They are both great. I love Mama Ricotta’s.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meredith was a great server and she fulfilled our needs to make our friend’s engagement special.

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Albert
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food at a good price. Surprisingly full. Prompt friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nikki was absolutely amazing! It was our first time there and she made us feel like family! She made the entire experience so much better! The food was also great. We got a pizza and rigatoni and could not complain on both if I wanted too!! Dessert was bread pudding and apple crisp such a huge serving! Can’t wait to come back and try everything

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anns
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For years we've been meaning to try this restaurant and finally we nae the reservation. Food was excellent. Chicken bianco was perfect comfort food for a cold January evening. Highly recommend.

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Caleb
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very professional service. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys Italian food with a good atmosphere.

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DawnS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food. Flavor was a little off with the chicken broccoli penne but never had that happen before.

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TiffanyW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were excellent. Wish there was more pasta dishes available other than that, it was great.

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keithd
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality of tastes and smells, bringing us back and never disappointing.

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deborahs
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the calamari Rhode Island style but they were out. Ordered the goat cheese appetizer instead and it was delicious. Ordered Vodka al le penne for the first time, added shrimp and it was amazing! Never had anything we didn't like!

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MeganC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service consistently. Really like the atmosphere as well.

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

Our waitress Meredith was a delight! The food was phenomenal. Can’t wait to go back

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CassieR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, mama ricottas has been our favorite Italian restaurant in Charlotte. From the ambiance to the food we always have an enjoyable experience. The food is just always delicious and that is after coming here for over 10 years we haven't had a bad experience. Service was a little slower than usual but there is a lot of things that are different now with a pandemic and all... thanks for always being on top of making delicious food mama ricottas, I will continue to give you 5 stars if I could give 10 I would ❤

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BillyH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved on Open Table, as a Chrustmas gift for each other. Had greetings from everyone,right to a table, and service quickly began. Service was great, food excellent-as usual, a great visit !

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I ate at Mama Ricotta’s for lunch. We had Pasta Primavera and a side salad. Both were delicious! There was plenty to eat with a nice luncheon price. We also had a very nice, attentive waitress.

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Charlottefoodlover
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The server was rushing us the entire evening. From ordering apps, to entrees and desert. We had to keep asking for drinks. Also the bread was not baked all the way. We informed the server, he took it back, and brought back another batch which was exactly the same. We informed again, and he just apologized and that was it. Overall good restaurant, but did not appreciate the server rushing us thought the evening.

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vipWendyM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama's is the best! I've been enjoying this restaurant for 20 years! It is hands-down the best for food, value, service, etc!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. The price was incredible. Very clean. Can’t wait to go back and try different menu items.

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vipKevinH
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good lunch

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BarryS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I proposed to my girlfriend on 12/22/2020, Tuesday night. The service was amazing the food was awesome. Even one of the managers offer to video the proposal. Thank you so much for wonderful food and a wonderful evening. The nutella peanut butter cheesecake was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and get service. An amazing go to Italian spot in Charlotte!

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Derrick
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very accommodating to all of our requests. We were out for my wife’s birthday and from the moment we walked through the door, we were greeted with “happy birthday” and just a very eating atmosphere. We have yet to have a bad experience here and will continue to go here for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was disappointed in the quality of the meals given the reviews

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved my service !!! i would recommend this place to everyone !

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BigAL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and friendly!

The food is always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! Service was great and our server suggested a great bottle of wine. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely

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TeriT
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at Mama Ricotta’s. Food was excellent, wine was a bit pricey and the service was fantastic.

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IanR
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night! My wife and I had plenty of food for another meal the next day. It was a great reminder of the experience the night before.

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DebraE
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Everything was delicious. Nice to get out to lunch again. They follow all the Covid protocols as far as I could tell. No reason not to go out!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it! Great food & service as always!

FAQs

Mama Ricotta's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 343-0148.

Mama Ricotta's is rated 4.8 stars by 3242 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.