Mama Ricotta's

4.7
3600 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.

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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food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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HarriettP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was good; however, we listed birthdays as the occasion on our reservation and were never asked if we were celebrating anything special.

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CindyC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great at this restaurant.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. My colleagues and I loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious...

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IsabelV
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is ALWAYS AMAZING. Great taste and fusion of flavors in every bite! It's always fresh and authentic. Great value for your investment. Service is incredibly helpful and efficient. Noise level can be high if Rest is at full capacity. I cannot recommend it enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was great! He had great recommendations! I got the Pasta Alla Vodka and it was amazing! Best pasta I’ve had in a long time!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a wonderful experience, food,servers were so amazing.

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vipGreatQ
Charlotte
80 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here but it won’t be the last! Food and service were outstanding. The veal Marsala is crave worthy. Lots of parking but it’s a very busy/congested area.

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Brunchie
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason was an excellent server.
Food was delicious.
Noise . . . Even in a booth, it’s loud!

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DonaldC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been dining at Mama Ricottas' for years. We have never had a bad meal or service. Frank always exceeds our expectations and we look forward to many more years of fine Italian dining. Our fourteen year old granddaughter was with us and loved her meal and naturally the cheesecake. Thank you so much for a great evening.

Sincerely,
Don, Nancy & Caroline

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. They were out of a couple menu items but still enjoyed the entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food.

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AlysonL
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was great!

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JSMNC
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not as good as pre pandemic and since acquisition by a restaurant group. Service and value was still good however our pasta was not cooked all the way and the ground beef, pork and veal sauce was mostly beef and a very small portion.

Appears new owners are too cost conscious and food portions are smaller and not as good as pre pandemic and since acquisition.

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Cattmill
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Can be a little loud. Very busy so make a reservation.

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ShaniquaC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great for date night, great vibes and food! We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around

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CindyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wasn’t thrilled about the goat cheese and mascarpone dip. Tasted like cream cheese.
I got the penne ala vodka and it was spicy. But I wouldn’t order it again as I thought it was average.
My husband got the breaded chicken cutlets and said they were dry.
While food is reasonably priced drinks are not.
Service was good.

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TiffanyR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had reservations and were seated right when we arrived. We had okay service. Not a very pleasant server, we had to ask for refills and wait a while for our checks to be picked up. The food was pretty good. I would return!

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rebeccam
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and tasty. I had the carbanara and my daughter had the broccoli and penne. She switched the chicken for italian sausage and loved it. Our server was on top of the whole meal!

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EstherA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were seven of us in our party. Our waitress was very attentive, and patient as we needed to wait on a couple people. The food was perfect.

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vipSouthCharlottePatrons
Charlotte
39 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick business lunch. Great food, flawless service, good value. What’s not to like?

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viplisa
Charlotte
75 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and ambiance

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Lemonzest
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best of food. Our waiter was a standout. You can't keep us away!

Merry Christmas!

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AnitaM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Would be nice if each table has a small candle or a bit more lighting cause the overall lights are very dim and don’t create a nice ambiance
Food always great! Service excellence !

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JohnB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and fun. Went for birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service were both excellent!

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MarinaM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Request a table at Ben's section. Outstanding service! Highly recommended. Great experience.

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We were hoping for more of an authentic Italian restaurant, but it didn’t deliver. The service was outstanding from start to finish but the food was pretty basic, think quantity more than quality. The place was super noisy - if you like chain restaurants, you will feel right at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Reason for the 4 not 5 stars is due to the hostess not allowing us to sit at a booth when we had a reservation. She said it was reserved but no one came until we were leaving 🙄
Annoyed

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JeremieC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food huge portions good service. Recommend making reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go here ever year after we get the Christmas tree. It’s tradition. Always a warm family atmosphere .

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allover great

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JeffB
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific and the server Meredith was fun, knowledgeable and efficient.

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ZaneekaH
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victoria was out waitress, so amazingly sweet! The food was AMAZING! It was a bit noisy because of a baby shower gathering in the area we were seated in .

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FrancaV
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fair pricing, great efficient service.

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JoanF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Mama Ricotta's. Food is great.

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MichelleV
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Tables were super dark though..would love a canc

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Carol
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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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 3600 OpenTable diners.