Mama Ricotta's

4.7
3578 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 3578 people are saying
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Carol
Western NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. A bit noisy. Be sure to have a reservation as this restaurant is busy!

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DanW
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would have been nice if the birthday was recognized

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Ramar
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast & courteous service. Food is amazingly delicious and the house wine was very good. Love the rolls!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great. We had a reservation for 6pm that we made on OpenTable. Arrived a little early. Maybe 15 minutes. Waited for about 20 minutes then had to go check back in after we had heard them saying they had texted several people. We never received a text. I think they just over looked us even though we were sitting directly across from the check in desk. Anyway, once we checked back we were seated pretty quickly. No other complaints. We had a great evening & service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible service, rude manager, we generally dine here monthly but not sure we’ll return.

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BillS
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Reservations were for 6:30 and promptly got our table.
Mozzarella and tomatoes appetizer was terrific with the tastiest mozzarella you can find anywhere. The Rigatoni with Meat Sauce was delicious, could of used a little more sauce - just my preference and definitely add the dollop of ricotta. Pasta was cooked perfectly Al dente the way it should be. The wait staff was excellent providing very prompt service. Worth the drive from Denver for the best Italian around.

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vipAMM05
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing as always. Service was a little slow.

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rymsn
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been to Momma Ricotta several times. The food and atmosphere are usually great. Tonight we were seated outside next to the door. It was cold and people kept leaving out that way. Our server for the most part did a great job. We sat and waited a long time for our entree. He came and apologized and offered the manager but at that point we were just starving. He could have offered to comp dessert but nothing. Will we be back yes but it wasn't the best experience. The lack of ambience and the wait time would have been a deterent had this been our first time. Also the food while tasty got cold ver quick sitting by the door.

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JWhite
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant dining an atmosphere,
if you can get a reservation as this restaurant gets extremely busy fast. It's a must try, food is phenomenally delicious.

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BobA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Favorite Italian Place… food is excellent!

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AlfonsoL
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great italian with moderate prices. A bit loud, but manageable.

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LauraM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service! Timely service and hot food!

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AlexT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was the best waiter I have had since moving back to Charlotte. Highly recommend trying out this location. The food is great, properly priced, and the service was impeccable. 10/10

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MarjorieW
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I recently moved from Jacksonville Fl and we needed a great restaurant to celebrate our Anniversary. Our experience from from sweet and funny hostess that sat us, to the food that left us wonderfully speechless and especially our waitress which was simply amazing! Thank you so much and we will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Reservation required

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JanY
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server was outstanding and attentive! Food was great as well!

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UGAfan
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was top notch. Was a great birthday evening.

The goat cheese and mascarpone dip was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly the best Italian experience I’ve had since being in Italy! The goat cheese dip was beyond delicious and so was the penne alla vodka! I highly recommend this place!!

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reviewsbypb
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place and really good food! Make a reservation for convenience and short waiting time. Must try Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonder first experience! I’m really picky about Italian food and this is probably the only place I’ll go to from now on, so so good. Service and ambiance was great as well.

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Although it was dry crowed we did not have to wait one for our meal.

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PaulaJ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We will definitely go again. Drinks and serving utensils were slow coming to the table, but overall it was an excellent evening.

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Kjtt
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was awful tasteless and tough. I will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to go to for good italian food and service. Enjoyed every bit of it.
I did not take any pictures since was warm lovely time to talk and eat. But next time definitely would. Loved the food and service was really good too.
Went there for lunch, we had lasgna and chicken parmesan, bruschetta which were so fresh and delicious.

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vipallisonw
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 3rd or 4th time we’ve dined here and the service and food hasn’t disappointed yet! We tried the goat cheese appetizer this time and even my husband who doesn’t like goat cheese really enjoyed it. I did an entree instead of pasta this time and the pollo bianco was fantastic. Despite the restaurant being packed, my drink never was less than half full and everything came out quickly and at the right temperature. We’ll be coming back to celebrate my birthday and my brother’s birthday in December and we are already looking forward to that meal with our family as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and customer service. Definitely coming back.

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LisaG
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food here was wonderful! The restaurant is beautiful and the staff is very polite and attentive. I will say, in my opinion, that the braised short ribs were not short ribs but appeared to be a pot roast. There were no “ribs” in this dish. As a cattle rancher who knows beef, I would know the difference. It was prepared very well though. This is the best Italian restaurant we have visited!

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TaylorC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was incredible. Perfect spot for a birthday date

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SassyA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. Would definitely recommend this

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Ciaobella
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal with excellent service! Very authentic food!

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Jean
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama Ricottas never disappoints! Pasta and pizza fantastic.

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TriciaM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beverages need to come out with any food. Our waiter brought bread and oil with hot peppers before he brought our beverages. I got some of the hot peppers when I dipped my read causing me to cough and have difficulty catching my breath. Not fun!

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WadeS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love their food and great background music. Can’t wait to return.

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MaxB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal and great service. Will be eating here often.

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RonaldJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable and tasty meal! Service was outstanding also! One of our favorite places to eat in Charlotte!

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DebbieR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Had reservations and we were seated immediately upon arrival. We eat here frequently and have never had a bad experience.

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paul
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, reasonably priced, with good service.

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RaysaG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the staff, the ambience was just perfect. Love that it is family friendly but can also be an intimate one on one space too. Love love love. My new favorite spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service

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 4.7 stars by 3578 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.