Mama Ricotta's

4.8
3325 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

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Starting May 9, 2021

What better place to bring mom than MAMA Ricotta's? We'll have brunch and specials all day until they run out.

What 3325 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Pasta Primivera with cream sauce and side salad was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service.

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MariaC
Savannah
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all enjoyed our Easter meal at this restaurant. The hot rolls with spicy EVOO were very tasty. We shared the calamari appetizer....they were hot and delicious and perfectly prepared. We ordered the pasta primavera as an appetizer to share....it was excellent, well seasoned, veggies were perfect....overall....a big winner. We all ordered a chicken meal...chicken parmigiana got a thumbs up. The grilled chicken with bruschetta was deemed excellent and the chicken with carciofi was very good as well. The menu is not very extensive and there’s not a lot of choice but what is there is made well and with care.

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BettyM
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and so was the service. We had so much food that we took half of it home and ate it the next day.

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CJHSL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Easter brunch. Every dish was delicious! A wonderful dining experience.

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DebbieW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mama Ricottas is a very reasonably priced restaurant with very good food!

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vipMellieSS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t think you could find a bad meal there. Everything was *delicious*, service amazing (thanks Tyler) and left SO full. Would definitely go again.

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ShellyP
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were amazing! Definitely a good value for the amount of food you get. The place is smaller than expected but that’s not really a complaint. Just an observation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glute free pasta available. They serve it on blue dinnerwarethat is different from their standard china

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DonladC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ all around. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Took over 10mins just to get greeted after being seated at our table. Ordered normal drinks and waited another 15mins to get those, waitress dropped them off and left without asking if we were ready to order....after another 10mins we had to waive her down to order. So 35mins of sitting at the table before even ordering. Food was great, we had to box our own left overs which is fine but not the level of service we are used to at Mama Ricotta’s. Even saw other waiters packing up other tables leftovers. After asking for the check and getting it, you guessed it another 10mins to pick it up and another 10mins after that to return it. It wasn’t busy but rather seemed like our waitress didn’t care about us. She was very nice and polite but it was not a good experience. For reference we have been going here over 5 years multiple times per month so I have a pretty good idea this isn’t the norm.

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vipLobsteroll
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service is exceptional and the food is absolutely delicious! One of the best if not the best restaurants in Charlotte!

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MrsK
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Momma Ricotta never disappoints. I had the mussels and shrimp on gluten free pasta-delicious! I was astounded at how much seafood was included!

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RyanR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Great place for a date night or family dinner

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MarissaL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh bread was at our table almost as soon as we sat down and was amazing. The service was top notch and the food just got better and better!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I specifically booked Mama Ricottas to use my open table reward. I had made the reservation with the reward and provided the reward card to the server, then to the manager. They were not able to apply my $25 reward to the bill. Please advise.

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vipFoodLover8
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice Friday night date with great food. We choose family style cheese ravioli's and for dessert the apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

I made reservations for OUTDOOR seating and this was definitely not outdoors. All windows were closed. Ceiling fans were going but there was no ventilation that I could see. I left after 20 minutes because I was not comfortable. Wish I had known that outdoor seating was basically indoors.

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RachaelD
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have to say we have never had such bad service at Mama's before. Not sure if she was new or not. We had to ask for set-ups, never got refills on iced tea. Had to ask to have the plates cleared before dessert. We ordered Mama's Pasta which is a family favorite or ours and it was not nearly as good as normal. We will be back, just disappointed.

Thanks,
Rachael

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CLTfoodlover
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was an all around wonderful experience as usual with Mama Ricotta’s

JM
vipJacksonM
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First time diner. Waiter was very quick and attentive. Food was not as good as I was expecting, but was good. Menu, table, and chairs were dirty so because of that and lack of flavor, it is doubtful we will return for some time.

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vipDavidsonluv
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an early dinner on Saturday. The calamari. Pizza, and cheese ravioli were great.

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HaroldG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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RogerP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal. It was delicious and the service was great. Could have been quicker with ice tea refills, but overall very nice experience.

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Italian
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The Calamari I ordered was either overcooked and/ or undercooked. The mussels were fine, not great just fine. The Calamari was supposed to be fried but was dry, and I suspect not fried but heated in some other manner. Some was tough, some was slimy as in not cooked. I had to send it back. As far a Covid precautions; The staff all wore masks. The guests were NOT spaced out as in many other places we have been recently. Guests waiting for tables were closely side by side mostly with no mask.

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Michaela
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED our date night here the food was so good and our waitress was so helpful :)

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ElizabethM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive! I forgot her name unfortunately :(. but she was awesome! the food was amazing and we would definitely be back and make it a monthly dinner thing ❤️

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RobB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great meal. The food is great as is the service. Highly recommend to anyone looking for an authentic Italian meal.

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. Great selection of authentic Italian dishes. Short ribs over potato gnocchi reminded my wife of her grandmother's recipe. Service was great. Social distancing observed. Our server, Cat, was excellent. Go there and enjoy!

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ClayW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food; prompt attentive aervice

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Tracy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wood fire pizza was AMAZING! We had a blast and our waiter was so great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was awesome, which is why me and my husband keep returning!

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AvaScar
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service as always! Will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The penne alla vodka with Parmesan crusted chicken (extra $7) is to die for!!!!! Our waitress was also very friendly with a great attitude. She suggested our wine for us too which we loved as well!

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Aleeza
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious. The specials are fantastic. The service is spot on. Always a great night at Mama Ricotta's - it's definitely a regular restaurant we like to support.

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BrandonH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going and will not be my last. Best Italian food around.

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Rayh
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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MyeshiaL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was super nice and informative went with everything he suggested.

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vipndp1236
Charlotte
43 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is a solid restaurant!

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DanielL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian comfort food! Try the chicken parm! Best ever!

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 3325 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.