Mama Ricotta's

4.7
3487 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 3487 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian experience i gave ever had in the US. And EXTREMELY reasonable

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really good time, the waiter was incredible excellent service and the food was exquisite, will go again soon.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was top notch, especially the food and service! The restaurant was full, but also very noisy. Will definitely keep going back. Parking can be a bit of an issue, but if you wait, something will open up. One of the best restaurants in Charlotte!!!

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MelF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service4ambience4

This was our first time here. Food was ok. Nothing to write home about. Caitlin was our waitress and paid attention to us. She stopped by the table to check on us several times and was always pleasant.

There was a ridiculous amount of noise. No, not the chatter of diners. There was someone drying dishes behind us and he just slapped the dishes into each other. There were times when the sound was so sudden and loud, it made us jump. At first we thought the gentleman making the noise was an owner but when he started throwing dishes around, we didn’t think it was possible.

Unsure if we will return.

DB
DoniceB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend here for dinner and everything was great. Our waiter, Blake gave a quality experience and was very attentive.

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Erica
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. We will definitely be returning!

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GillianS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was amazing when I come back I definitely will be thanking her for her service!!!

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vipWashingtonIrving
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, very good service, good ambiance - we were seated in the "outdoor" area - which was fully enclosed, but you'll know where I mean - which was a bit quieter than inside the main part of the restaurant. It's nice to be in amongst the energy of a place, but was also a little easier to talk without raising your voice where we were at. Overall we had a great time and enjoyed the food. A couple of the apps were very good, but fairly large, so my only tip would be to check with your server on portions when you order - but if anything I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And we don't mind taking home leftovers so it was no big deal haha! We will be back.

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LisaC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing!

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JasonK
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Our server was terrible. It was apparent his co-workers knew he was struggling. Help as they may, Nicholas couldn't get the job done. This is not typical of MR's. Still one of our favorites. I'm sure Nicholas won't be there next time we go.

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vipLisanWill
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To start we had a delicious Greek yogurt Caesar salad. The large is enough for 4 people to share. The rolls were tasty as well. We got a large wood fire cooked pizza and had half leftover for a future meal. The pasta dishes were very well made and authentic Italian. Overall we enjoyed the ambiance, although it was a bit cool for me. I had to retrieve a sweater from the car. The prices were very reasonable and we were there before noon and had a very quiet dining experience. Would definitely recommend and consider going back to the restaurant when in Charlotte.

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Junior
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Love this place. The portions are unbelievably generous and their starter garlic bread is so so so so gooddddd! Our service was sub-par this last visit though and it seemed as though our food was slightly undercooked (the chicken part wasn't fried evenly and had some undercooked breading). But overall, I'd still highly recommend this place and love the ambiance for a nice and relaxed Italian dinner out.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tiramisu was amazin

TS
vipTinaS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Out of Calamari, stopped carrying favorite alcohol- Hennessy. Waitress was spacey with not much of a personality. Had to ask for her name because she never gave it. She moved so slow and never smiled once during the whole 2 1/2 hours we were there. Food and drinks took forever! Food was good. Was disappointed this time, which has never happened before!

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TimR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Wonderful experience overall. Nickolas was a great waiter. Very knowledgeable

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AnnemarieG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and great service. It's just a very loud environment, hard to talk and have a conversation.

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GaryS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian food in Charlotte
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vipJlh1
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Chicken parm and chicken with lemon butter were outstanding. Would highly recommend!

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BobbieM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The first thing to catch you walking in is smell of the wood burning pizza oven at the front door. You know you are somewhere special at that moment. I've eaten here numerous times and the lasagna is always my favorite. In looking back, I guess everything has been great!

Worth the visit, why go to a chain.......

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Beta
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The restaurant lighting is a little dark and gets loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a terrific experience. The food was delicious! Tevin our waiter was outstanding. He was friendly and attentive and made our dining experience perfect. Highly recommend Mama Ricotta’s.

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KathyP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A little noise and a little crowded, but fine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service.

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vipallisonw
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our lunch was delicious from appetizer to dessert! Each and every staff member we came across was so friendly and helpful. I only took a star off because sadly my drink was very obviously empty for too long considering how often staff was walking by our table. An oversight, I’m sure but one of those things that matters to me. We will definitely be back to try more of the menu soon!

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vipDavidsonluv
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed the Lasagne and pizza. We will drive 20miles past other Italian restaurants to go to Mama Ricotta's

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Niki
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

It took a while to get our drink orders despite being very well staffed. We then had to get up to get our silverware. The waiter poured water in our sprite. The restaurant needs water glasses and pop glasses. The food didn’t take long and was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The veal was pretty disappointing. Very little flavor and overly breaded. Good portions though. The warm bread pudding was embarrassingly bad. Tasted like it had been poorly microwaved and super inconsistent throughout. The Pollo Carciofi was pretty good and the Calamari was the best calamari I’ve had not at the beach.

Great atmosphere and drinks were good.

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MaryClaireB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason our waiter was great! Food was delicious as usual.

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Daniel
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Meredith, the food, and the music! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and our waitress provided wonderful recommendations for food and wine selections!

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Large portions too! Kat our server was great!

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RhondaR
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food as always! Love everything from the wine selection to the desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immediately got our table. Service was fantastic. Food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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allycat
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our girl's night at Mama Ricottas! The food was delicious, and everyone really enjoyed their meals. The service was attentive, and they were really understanding about a delay on our part making our reservation time. Always a good time here!

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Hawk
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was fantastic. Expresso Martini... had dairy? Not so good. Also out of my favorite Gin - Hendricks :( but... it was a Tuesday.
Will be back for sure and I've already recommended to friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service & great food.

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RyanB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service always a good time eating here.

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STEPHENP
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Generous portions. Gracious hostess, and excellent waiter.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent, but if you’re going on a weekend night I highly recommend a reservation, we would have likely had to have waited if we didn’t have one. I had the pollo alla grigilla, it was excellently cooked and seasoned.

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CharlesG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at the restaurant and we really enjoyed it. The food was great and we had great service.

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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 4.7 stars by 3487 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.