Mama Mia Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian

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When you step through the doors of Mama Mia Trattoria, you've taken a step back in time to a traditional Italian kitchen where everything is made from scratch, including our mozzarella cheese, fresh pastas, sauces, and our scrumptious desserts. We are committed to providing the highest quality food and service and spare absolutely no expense when using the best local products and sustainable resources available. Our old school classic Italian food, like that offered at the finest restaurants in “Little Italy’s” across the United States. Our guarantee is to exceed your expectations.

Specials

Complimentary Italian Inspired Appetizer!

Enjoy a complimentary, locally sourced, Italian inspired appetizer to begin your meal.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 29, 2020

Ends: January 30, 2119

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-9:00PM

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Italy many ties and Mama Mia takes me back there. Great food and wine with reasonable prices. Will be back!

BC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Will come back

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Free appetizer was featured but we didn’t receive one. Server was efficient but not particularly friendly. It was a birthday celebration. We likely won’t return for a family celebration in the future.

SS
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was fire! The service was great and the food was so delicious! Will definitely be back fo sho! Keep that place lit 🤙🏽

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to dine and very happy with the service and food

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was great. Took a little while to get, because it was busy. Service was great.

t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was simple and easily predictable. The service is outstanding and fast! The food is good but not great, it could use a bit more flavor but instead it was just "eh.fine". I would definitely come back for the happy hour and that's about it.

B
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

When we were seated at our table we were informed that we could only be there for an hour and a half because the table was reserved for later. We also had made reservations and my thought was do our reservations not matter? We did not like that we were pressured to dine quickly when we had made our reservations in advanced. Not good customer service.

LF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, friendly staff and excellent drinks. We will return.

ER
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We were told we had the table reserved for 1.5 hours when we were seated. That wasn’t necessary and very rude. The lamb shank wasn’t tender and the risotto was chewy.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our first meal at Mama Mia Trattoria was for Valentine’s Day. The early conflict that we had was trying to reconcile a 4+ rating on Open Table with the easy availability of reservations a few days before a busy restaurant evening. The latter turned out to be the predictor of our experience.

We arrived on time for a 5:00 pm reservation and were taken to a table in the middle of the highest traffic area in the restaurant. We asked if we could have one of the more than seven available tables around the back wall or the windows but we’re told that they were all reserved for people who specifically asked for preferred seating. Assuming that this was an honest representation of the circumstances we accepted the table. But if this refusal to allow us a better table wasn’t enough to set the mood for the evening, we were then told that we’d be served in a fashion designed to conclude our dining experience within 90 minutes. This overt effort to communicate their desire to turn the tables over at a less than romantic pace became unnecessary as the “experience” progressed.

As for the meal, the cocktails and Garden Salads were good. However, we were unable to finish our salads by the time our entrees were served (the original 90-minute pace now seeming like a denied luxury).

The garlic bread we ordered (because no bread was offered with the meal) was soaked in butter. A lactose intolerant person would have asked to be moved to one of the still empty preferred tables.

The entrees were ok but not good. The Pappardelle was a wad of pasta with a Bolognese sauce poured over it and the Fettuccine Alfredo was ordinary at best, curiously tasting of fish.

Not wishing to press our luck or time limit, we called it quits and left after 60 minutes. As expected, the same number of “preferred” tables were still empty.

With so many good restaurant choices in Portland, we’ll not be giving Mama Mia another visit.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely satisfying! Great food, service, and atmosphere. I will certainly return sometime soon…

CA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I would recommend for the food but not for any type of special occasion. I went for mine and my husbands birthday/valentines day. We can't get out much due to having kids. I had an email for $25 gift card. right away the waitress said we had to use it at our next visit. This was very misleading. Then I nothing was done at all for our special occasions. I am not sure why we were asked what we were celebrating if nothing is done. Not even a happy birthday. I was so excited to go out and this made it sad. Luckily the food was good.

JO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere..amazing..service from seating to serving was fantastic. Our server Kellie was so patient and offered several samples of requested wines and explained what they could to the vega tarianinze our selections. The only down side that I can come up with is that the Tiramisu (which was still great) was made with Kahlua instead of the traditional Amaretto which I am accustomed to. Overall, we have recommended to several friends already and we will be repeats as well.

AA
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great other than meatballs were cold and had to send back to get warmed( or actually cooked). Waiter in bar was very nice and friendly. Definitely recommend.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Wonderful experience. Will definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was unacceptably slow for the amount of people in the restaurant. The food was mediocre and overpriced. You can get better Italian at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

KB
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great luncheon spot!

LH
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, good food & wonderful service. I just wish that the garlic bread we ordered wasn't so garlicky & the butter was something on the side that we could put on ourselves. The bread was dripping with butter--way too much. Other than that, everything was great!

SP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed this experience. It’s expensive but worth the money. We both dressed up for a “date night” so we were worried about being overdressed, but we felt comfortable as most people were dressed well. Classy place with great food!

SS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Mamma Mia’s. I love they have gluten-free options (and their GF pasta is very good, not like some places where it can be crumbly). They also have vegan options, I think I saw vegan meatballs on the menu. I also love the atmosphere, which is that of an old-school “Little Italy” Italian restaurant feel that you often find in Chicago or downtown Boston.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice staff, huge portions, parking tough, good pour cocktails

N
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama Mia is a our favorite Portland area Italian Restaurant. Great food and friendly and attentive employees. A+

JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I would recommend Mama Mia. Good food good service and relaxing atmosphere.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful place. The food is wonderful and thoughtful. My husband says this is his new go-to Italian restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time here. BEST Italian food! From the moment you walk in you know it is going to be a great experience, it feels like home. For appetizer's we ordered garlic bread, which is FRESH bread with lots of butter and perfect amount of garlic melted. The Fried Motzerella was homemade as well with Rich cheese and a great dipping sauce, which doubled as dipping sauce for the bread. I ordered the Fettuchini Alfredo with chicken and the Alfredo sauce was so flavorful and rich. The chicken was fresh and moist. My husband ordered the Chicken Parmesan and it was absolutely amazing! You can taste the difference with all of the fresh ingredients and everything being homemade.
The service by Nick was absolutely fantastic! He went above and beyond and we felt like we were his only table. We will be going back very soon!!!

L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and location! A little pricey is all.

RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server Raechel was great.

Salmon was under-seasoned and a bit over-cooked. Only compliant about server would be that she didn’t ask temperature of salmon. I didn’t realize she didn’t ask until it was too late.

Salted caramel ice cream was too salty.

Minestrone was delicious. Light and a perfect app.
Loved the Caesar salad.
Desserts were very good.

Would definitely recommend and give them a chance to make up for small “mistakes”. Thanks for having us.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mama Mia Trattoria is a favorite of ours when dining downtown. This was our second visit during the holiday season. The location is ideal, food is always delicious, and service very good as well. Nice spot for dinner, and then there are several spots within walking distance for cocktails afterward!

LP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, friendly and thorough service, great atmosphere!!!! Will be coming back for sure!

C
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely unhurried evening. Arrived about 20 minutes early and had cocktails until our table was ready. Started with fried zucchini and the Caprese, which were not stellar. Beefsteak tomatoes just don’t have the right flavor profile for caprese. The zucchini batter was over-salted and there was a lot of oil in the plate. We managed to enjoy them.

Then I had the Scampi and my friend had the Chicken Marsala. Both Excellent! The shrimp were perfectly cooked, the linguine al dente and the lemon cream sauce piquant. The Marsala was also succulent, the sauce exactly right. Generous portions meant leftovers. Well, not of the shrimp...never as good the second day.

For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate torte with raspberry sorbet and a glass of port. The torte was fabulous and the sorbet exquisite! The port was a tad disappointing for a Malvedos, but paired with the torte just fine.

We couldn’t recall if we’d been to Mama Mia’s before — 27 years of dining out in Portland can blur things — but we’d certainly go again.

JK
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience on Christmas Eve with our family of 9 in a semi-private area. The food was delicious, the service out of this world. We had hyperactive little kids and the servers were so patient. It was truly a festive evening.

DC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a great experience. Better than expected all around. Great place for a first date or anniversary to business meeting.

JF
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Taking family out for a special dinner before going to the Nutcracker ballet.

MA
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were good, as always. We will return.

BM
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Italian places in town. Mama Mia never disappoints. Food is great and service is outstanding. Great for families and groups.

OT
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was fine but on the salty side for us. Great customer service. Very traditional Italian. The decor looks outdated.

We had the veal parmezaan and the gnocchi pesto.

K
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my 3rd time eating there and it's really good and consistent. The staff is excellent as well. will return for sure!

TC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, had reservations and got seated right on time, very nice experience and we'll go back for sure!

SD
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful Italian restaurant. And especially great for my gluten free sister. Both pasta- she found excellent - and pizza available gluten free. We shared a dinner salad and a bowl of minestrone soup. They split the salad which was so crispy and wonder ful toppings , the soup even my niece really liked. My sister had meatballs, I had a meat sauce, my niece loved her Alfredo - pasta dishes. Lovely desserts. The flourless chocolate cake and a custard. We had to, we were so happy!!! We love Portland 💕 and this restaurant.

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