Mama Ricotta's

4.8
3288 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 3288 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a restaurant that is locally owned. They have the best Italian food. I would highly recommend. We go at least one a month as we live out of town.

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vipCLTfoodie
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a wonderful spot for Italian. Cozy and inviting atmosphere with a wide array of options. We always enjoy the garlic rolls and calamari. Pizza and pasta are always tasty and plenty will be left for leftovers, or to share! Definitely save room for cheesecake - it's delicious.

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vipRHS1
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent casual Italian restaurant with a good variety and nice wine offering.
Half price bottles on Wednesday.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was so tasty, as usual. This is my favorite place to eat and lunch is so reasonably priced.

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RyanB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and service always a friendly place to eat

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Diamond
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Charlotte, love it !

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gmmc17
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch portions value were great. Very big plates had plenty of left overs. The lighting was a little dark for lunch.

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blueisdining
Charlotte
30 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The goat cheese and mascarpone dip was fabulous! Everything was fresh and tasty.

CM
CourtneyM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend and would go again!

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KelseyK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The service was top notch. Noise level was a little high, but not distracting.

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CltFoodieMom
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening. The food was excellent. Huge portions! Cannot wait to eat here again.

JB
JasonB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! Best Italian food in Charlotte.

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KatieInTheQueenCity
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Italian restaurant in Charlotte and seriously at pricing at or below Olive Garden, why would you not go to this amazing restaurant instead?! We had a great meal, great service and it was clear they were taking ALL precautions to keep patrons safe. This will be our new regular spot and I don’t know why we waited so long to try it!

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GeorgiaO
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Hunter was very attentive. The outdoor space has been enclosed and was bright and sunny. Always a repeat.

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vipKathrynL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Mama Ricotta's many times and for lunch, I always get the same thing. The roasted veggie sandwich and side salad can't be beat. Always consistent and delicious!

DB
vipDBDtraveler
Charlotte
142 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Mama Ricotta’s. Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was great!

service was okay (they seemed very busy so our waitress took a long time to bring out food and wine etc)

our waitress’s posture was not polite in the beginning of the interaction but adjusted with time

overall I’ll rate this place a 3.3

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Lkay
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! Always amazing food and great service!

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Chaz
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious generous portions. Plan to share the entrees or take some home.

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JenniferLF
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific, very authentic based on our experience with Italian restaurants in the north end of Boston. We were visiting from New England. Our server made helpful suggestions, we were very happy with our entrees and the appetizer. Prepare to spend some money...but you will get your money's worth in quality and service. The ambiance was low-key and (dare I say it?)...romantic. We felt safe during the pandemic, all the necessary protocols are in place. We are looking forward to returning when we visit Charlotte again.

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MeganM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Would highly recommend this restaurant

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Nathan
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

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BarbaraO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great... Martinis not so much... they were small.and just eh...Vic and Tanya were outstanding!!! Wine was very good.. would return in a heartbeat.. but would drink something else....

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ReglaN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic dinner. Service was excellent. No waiting time, food was amazing, wine as well. Place had set up a Valentines Photobooth which I though it was a great idea. If ever in NC, this place is a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so lucky to get a table and enjoy a wonderful meal with my family on Valentines evening. We had a death in the family the day before and we had all left the hospital and decided we needed some food and time together. Perfect dining experience. Thank you Mama Ricotta’s.

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BorninApril
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant not a chain 👌

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SLOAN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

It was a good atmosphere & food was good. Should really consider bringing the steak or pork back as special.

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with the service and the food was fantastic!

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curtisk
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had to wait 20mins to get a seat with a reservation. We had to switch tables because the one we had was too small and close to others. Another 15mins went past after we switched tables and still no server. We ordered a bottle of wine and had to send it back cause the glasses was dirty as hell. Food finally came after 1hr20min and it was horrible. I wanted to get my money back so bad but we was so hungry and got tired of waiting. Don’t think I’m coming back to this place. I was so embarrassed after my date

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was so good and service was even better!

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vipCynth
Charlotte
46 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Mama's is consistently good. The quality is fresh and authentic and the servers are knowledgeable. They have done a nice job of spacing out the tables and I feel comfortable dining here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect setting for a business meal, great value for the food and service delivered.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! The penne alla vodka was amazing.

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DonW
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Huge portions, delicious food, friendly staff. Would return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was extraordinary per usual.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a solid experience. Love their bread and Penne alla Vodka pasta!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was very tasty and our waitress was very nice and attentive. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service and a great night! 10/10 would definitely recommend

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times. Always good food and service. We had a great waitress

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 3288 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.