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Mamma Lucia of Olney

3.8
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups

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About

Mamma Lucia of Olney combines the incredible talents of two men who met and became fast friends over mutual love of the restaurant business and quality food. Together, they now manage Mamma Lucia and have since 1997, which has proven to be an award-winning experience that is steeped in high-quality foods and renowned customer service.

The lunch menu consists of minestrone, wedding soup, penne norcina, fettucine alla Bolognese, piccatta, the Bronx strip and Mamma Lucia pot roast. The dinner menu contains spaghetti con pesto, penne rose, Portobello mushroom ravioli and ravioli rose. There is also a convenient pick-up or delivery menu available as well as a catering menu for your next special event from Mamma Lucia.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 570-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sandy Spring Road (RT 108)
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WiFi
Additional
Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.3
ambience
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 31, 2014

Good food, good prices, good location. Will continue to enjoy this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2014

We often dine here and are generally happy. First time for the pizza and was glad I did not come here for the pizza. However the left overs were really good, heated properly, were great. Service was impressive, even outside. We were lucky to have Robin- real, patient, professional, beautiful, friendly, and interesting. Sometimes we have not been so fortunate. New faces in the staff management signal a happy future for one of our locally located places to dine. Thank you, Robin!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

We were surprised at how quiet it was....EVERYONE must have been at the beach for the weekend, and this was at 7pm. Still, the food was excellent!

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2014

Mamma Lucia was another preshow dinner [Ave Q @ Olney]. It's basic Italian with no mistakes. Portions were big. The accompanying bread was good and the dipping oil above average with garlic and parmesan. I was told the chicken parmesan was very good. My vitello & penbe in creamy marsala tasted fine if the sauce was a little heavy. Red pepper shakers were part of the standard table setting, a plus. Our server Lauren was good and gamely brought our preshow check early and split it between two credit cards with no fuss.

I'll remember Mamma L for future preOlney dinner.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2014

The wait staff was very friendly and even brought us a special birthday treat for my wife. The mushroom ravioli is top notch!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2014

The food was tasty though the sauce was a little too sweet for my pallet. It's a great spot for groups and families with children. the noise level can get 'energetic' so I would not recommend this location for a 'romantic' dinner. There is outside seating though there is no view to speak of, just the parking lot. The service was the best part.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2014

We had family in town from the mid-west and wanted to have dinner in a place that everyone (including some "picky" teen appetites would enjoy. Mama Lucia's was the perfect choice! Pleasant environment, excellent service and food that everyone enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2014

There was a party of eight and everybody had a good time and enjoyed the food.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2014

Just after arriving and placing drink orders, the shopping center lost power due to a major thunderstorm. Although it never regained power, we stayed until it was safe to go home. During this period, the restaurant and waitstaff in particular were great. They provided us with what food they could and were able to manage an otherwise bad situation.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2014

good for a night when nobody wants to cook, has a nice variety to choose from

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2014

Group of 7 of us went out for dinner and had a great experience. Good food. Good wine. Good service.

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2014

Salmon with spinach drowned in an extremely salty sauce; hardly edible and shockingly priced at $23 in a suburban strip mall. It would have been poor value at half the price.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2014

Egg plant delicious sauce on the zucchini penne pasta lunch sauce spicy for me. Excellent server .

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2014

Food was excellent. The server was extremely attentive. They even made me an item that was not on themenu.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2014

Went with my spouse and grown son. From salmon to ravioli to eggplant parmigiano the food was prompt and good, solid renditions. The wines by the glass were a reasonable mid - range selection.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2014

salmon salad, and salmon in the oven were our main dishes. Nice vino. Nice people and good service. Very good each and every time.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2014

Went on a Sunday afternoon. Great food, service, and good prices. Definitely recommend

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2014

My wife, daughter, and I enjoyed our meal very much. They even accommodated gluten free diets with gluten free pasta and eliminated breading on one of our dishes. Server very nice. Food took a little longer than usual but overall a good dining experience.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2014

Sorry, but Mamma Lucia's of Olney is not as good as it used to be.
Food average, Prices increased, Service still very good and friendly.
We used to visit twice a month, then once a month, now not really sure.
Prices and Quality make it much less of a neighborhood gem.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Decided last minute to make a Saturday night reservation. Place was packed but we sat right down. Great waiter both attentive and friendly. Food was good from chicken wings to marsala.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2014

Pasta is always cooked to perfection and abundant. Lasagna recipe has changed recently, but is interestingly different and enjoyable. The veal, which is in many entries could use to be thinner or better pounded, but this does not detract from the flavor. Pizza is very large and the NY style reminds me of home (one can fold the slice and eat it with your hands, Mayor de Blasio may disagree...). Shrimp dishes are not skimpy on the XL shrimp. The wines are a bit overpriced but do complement a variety of palates. As for overpriced wine, I can buy 1.5L (about 7 glasses worth) of Stone Cellars Cabernet (an excellent utility wine) for just under $11 at a local wine store, while the price in Mamma Lucia is $7 per glass.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2014

We live in the Olney area and eat here frequently. The servers are usually very good (occasionally too chatty). The food is consistently good. Love their pizza...some of the best around! You just can't go wrong at this location.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2014

Food is good, service could use some work. They have young people serving that haven't read the book on service yet. Seating is a bit tight, but this is a reliable place to take a friend in the local area.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2014

Mamma's always delivers great food awesome service from nice wholesome friendly staff. They make you feel at home from the moment the hostess greets you through the visit by the manager to check on you.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Dinner was perfect...food was amazing and they have a huge
selection of gluten free :)

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2014

We had a very nice group birthday dinner at Mamma Lucia's. The service was excellent -- the food came out quickly, accurately prepared, hot, and delicious. Our waiter was attentive and cordial. Well done!

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2014

A large, somewhat noisy restaurant with a wide range of moderately tasty, generous-sized food options, with entrees accompanied by a Caesar or side salad, and tasty garlic bread quickly brought (with separate oil/garlic on the side). However, a requested food substitution of angel hair pasta for spaghetti was slow, requiring two waitresses to deal with that delay Also, our two couples' bill was not split as requested when we ordered, and when it was split, all beverages stayed on one of the bills. We had to remind the otherwise very friendly waitress to do things for us! That detracted from the experience. We may try another local Italian restaurant with possibly less waitress issues. (And we came in at 5 pm, ahead of any real crowd.)

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2014

Excellent service and superb menu(lots of great choices).

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2014

First time at Mamma Lucia's and the food was very good as was the wine. Atmosphere is cozy not loud, A nice place to dine as a couple or group.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Great food. Love the bread and seasoned olive oil that is presented upon arrival to the table!

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2013

Our group consisted of 4 adults and an infant. The table was ready when we arrived, including the hi-chair. We went with two pizzas and the eggplant parmigiana for the entrees. Food was very good. We also love the garlic bread and olive oil they provide. Beer selection is ok, but only one draft beer selection. Everything else was bottled beer with no listing provided so we had to name several choices before the waiter indicated it was available. Wine selection was better.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2013

We usually get carryout pizza here but decided to have a christmas eve dinner with 4 others. The manager was extremely rude when I discovered that the bottle of wine we were served was not on the menu displaying the price and was $20 more than a similar bottle on the menu. He tried to argue with me that it was the last bottle they had. If the price of the wine was reflected on the menu, I would not have ordered it. The food was not great and grease was pooling from the sauce on my friend's plate. We were all very disappointed. The server was great and kept her chin up in spite of the manager's unprofessional attitude. We will continue to get carryout pizza as it is amazing.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2013

Been going to Mamma Lucias since it opened. Some new additions to the wine list now makes this even more special.

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2.0Dined on November 23, 2013

Food, including three dinners, salads and desserts, was bland. No character. Service (by Jorge) was excellent.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2013

We were up for some Italian food so we headed to Mamma Lucia's after work. Our 6:00 pm reservation beat the rush - when we left at 7:00 the place was very crowded and much nosier. Selection of wine by the glass is good, service is always excellent and the selections of lasagna and spaghetti w/sausage fulfilled our cravings.

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2013

Mama Lucia of Olney was a great dinner experience for my girlfriend and I. The staff was extremely nice and there was no wait time for us to be seated. We will visit Mama Lucia of Olney again to try their pizza :)

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2013

The dishes are big and the pizzas are good. I could find putanesca? dish on the menu.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2013

Mamma Lucia is not some pretentious downtown restaurant. No, it's just a nice spot in a strip mall in the Olney suburbs. It has a really good selection of salads, pastas, pizza, and seafood. The serving sizes are generous and the prices are very affordable. My wife and I both enjoyed our pasta selections and we'll be likely to come back again soon.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2013

While everything was outstanding as far as the dining experience, the hodges staff was a bit disappointing. It was fairly busy, but even with our reservation we still had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table. Not really sure why though.

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2013

While the service and ambience of this restaurant were very good, the food overall was a disappointment. Even the bread course which should be a no-brainer was a loser. What appeared to be store bought, pre-sliced Italian bread was served with a oil and parmesan mix. The parmesan cheese had all the flavor of cottage cheese. In the salad course, the salad dressings were virtually flavorless. My wife and I both choose different entrees from the daily specials. She did enjoy her dish though I thought it a little too sweet. My pasta entree was barely OK, nothing to write home about, with very little developed flavor.

As we ate this food we kept looking out the window at the Japanese restaurant across the parking lot wishing we were there.

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