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Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant, Newport, RI

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
567 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
In the old world, in a little village near Bologna, lived the real ‘Mamma Luisa’ who cooked and inspired the next generation of family and friends to recreate in Newport the same authentic taste and atmosphere of northern Italian cuisine.

Our four cozy dining rooms situated a quaint old house make it ideal for romantic dinners & small to medium size parties.

The menu features a variety of authentic Italian dishes like antipasti, bruschetta & salads; typical pasta dishes like Bolognese, Carbonara, Ravioli, and the homemade gnocchi as well as Eggplant Parmigiana and Frutti di Mare.
Selected fresh meat, fish & seafood complete our menu with signature dishes of veal, pork, steak, sole & tuna.
Finish dinner with a cappuccino, espresso or tiramisu.

At Mamma Luisa’s we also offer a full vegetarian page together with vegan and gluten-free options.

Our extensive wine &beer list will transport you to the different regions of Italy and you will find also handpicked gems from around the world

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (401) 848-5257
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    For private event inquiries, please call the restaurant directly at 401-848-5257 or email us at mammaluisarest@gmail.com
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Cross street
    Thames Street, Carroll Ave
  • Parking details
    Limited parking available behind the building
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 567 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Rhode Island

    Italian

  • Newport County

    Best Overall

  • Newport County

    Best Food

  • Newport County

    Best Ambiance

  • Newport County

    Best Value

  • Newport County

    Healthy

  • Newport County

    Neighborhood gem

  • Newport County

    Great for fine wines

  • Newport County

    Romantic

567 Reviews
  1. LisaR

    New Orleans

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mamma Luisa is consistently delicious with a vast menu and a cozy ambiance. Waitstaff is friendly and helpful. It’s the best Italian food around!

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  2. JOHNM

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great night, the staff were fabulous and so was the food. Overall A+

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  3. JanetM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The homemade pasta with bolognese sauce was incredible! The atmosphere is charming. I’d highly recommend Mamma Luisa’s.

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  4. JosephD

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant is basically an older home with tables setup in each room. We sat upstairs and the stairs are very steep. Very nice atmosphere. Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was absolutely delicious. There were selections on the menu that were different than your basic italian restaurants. I thought this was great. Get the bruccetta. The best ever.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nicole was our server and she was absolutely wonderful!

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  6. MaryT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a little gem! There is no way to know how sweet and lovely the inside is from the outside. Everything was perfect for an intimate night out! The food, the service, and the ambiance catered to really being able to reconnect. It's no small wonder that this place has stood the test of time!

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  7. AndyC

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot excellent service and the food is fantastic

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  8. Niles50

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mamma Luisa is one of the nicest, coziest, neighborhood restaurants in Newport. The food is wonderful and the service is friendly and very attentive. Highly recommend it.

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  9. HijongD

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have an excellent meal at Mamma Luisa! Our server Hyejung was very professional and kind. She was right on the money! The food was outstanding! Always enjoy dining at Mamma Luisa. Thank you. We will be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite for nearly 20 years. So happy they stay open all year!

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  11. RobertaM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a foodie delight. Definitely do not miss. We went twice on our 4 day trip - it was that good. We tasted their sole, the gnocchi (a homemade style with no potato but with ricotta and spinach). The sole was perfect, more like a Dover sole in its size. The gnocchi was light and incredibly delicious. Don’t miss that item. For dessert, we had the profiteroles one night and the lemon tart the next visit. Both are outstanding, but we preferred the lemon tart. Even the bread served was an excellent Italian bread. The wines are excellent here. We had a Livon Pinot Grigio that was superb. Strongly recommend this place. There are quite a few nice restaurants in Newport, but this stood out above the others. The service was incredible as well.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every visit to Newport it is at the top of our list to go to our favorite restaurant Mamma Luisa! This is one of the best places for a fabulous meal! It will never disappoint. Everything is so delicious and the wait staff is always so pleasant! Mamma Luisa is always a highlight of our visit.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a true gem Not only have we been coming for 24 years, we know make Mamma Luisa a reason for coming to Newport there isn’t one thing on the menu that disappoints. The wine selection is also very good. A must go

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going here is like having dinner in your grandmother’s house. It’s cozy, friendly, and romantic. Our server was wonderful. My husband and I enjoyed the fresh baked bread. I had one of the specials, Penne ala Vodka which was just perfect. Not overly saucy. My husband had the pork chop and it was cooked perfectly. This has to be the best italian restaurant in Newport. Our friends were right when they said we had to go here.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Authentic Italian food in a traditional and nostalgic Italian dining room. The real deal

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Best food I’ve had in a long time. Thank you.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always. Probably one of the best Italian restaurants in Newport. Recommend reservations as it’s not a huge place.

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  18. IrishR

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best neighborhood restaurant that has the ambience of a trattoria in Italy with pasta dishes like Nonna so lovingly made!

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  19. LSC03

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love it here and try to come every time we go to Newport.

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  20. valerieG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our experience at Mamma Luisa, 32 years of absolute delight!

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  21. cherieee

    Greater Boston

    185 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The esotica salad was wonderful with a dressing we couldn't get enough of. The portion of tuna was large and cooked perfectly and the Veal Scalppine is always a reason to return. All the food here is wonderful, but the staff are too which always makes a meal unforgettable. Looking forward to returning.

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  22. NanaiPF

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great atmosphere, and excellent service as always!

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  23. Yummy

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and the food as always was excellent. We've never had a bad experience.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Rhode Island

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First let me begin by saying we have been many times without any issues. Last night however was extremely disappointing, we were a party of 5; two of us had the veal special, and both agreed it was chewy and very small, cost $33 for the veal & a vegetable. I opted to add pasta to my entree ($12 upcharge for literally a half cup of pasta) and they didn’t even give me the vegetable. Definitely NOT worth $45! Our friends each had pasta dishes and my husband got a chicken dish. We ordered a bottle of red & white wine, soup, appetizers and desserts. We had the Newport dining club card (typically you get a free entree) but we were told the entire table must order a pasta dish to get the free entree? What?! Dining book says free entree must be pasta, okay we got a pasta? That makes absolutely no sense, we spent more money on “meat dishes” so if we had ordered less expensive pasta dishes then a pasta dish would be free? We literally spend hundreds of dollars, well in excess of $50 per person and they would not honor a free pasta dish. VERY misleading, VERY poor way to retain local customers, sadly very little chance we will be returning soon or recommending despite years of loyal patronage. Note- other local businesses in the book honor a free entree, no problem.

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  25. RafaelC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food!! Service kind of poor. Too much to get the food and drinks

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very good. Expensive for what you get but very tasty. Very fast on service but didn’t feel rushed . Deserts are way over priced for something they get at restaurant depot.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great atmosphere, and great service. Multo bene! The bombette is bomb

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  28. vpf1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice quaint find. Typical Italian style decor with pictures of individuals (possible Mama Luisa) on the wall. Food fresh and authentic, not drenched in sauces or overpowered with anyone seasoning. Would certainly visit again.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the last reservation and were rushed out. The food was phenomenal just rushed.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bolognese was the best pasta I’ve had in a long time and will definitely be returning.

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  31. shanedimaria

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great!!! The atmosphere and decor is perfect for your next date night 10/10 recommend

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great restaurant to celebrate my girlfriend and I’s anniversary. We love italian food, especially places that take the time to give you a good experience. Complimenting your choices, suggesting wine, conversing over where we are from… just a very romantic and welcoming place to have a meal! Roses at every table, probably for this month. Tucked away in a neighborhood, truly a gem and would love to go back!!

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  33. Kimberly

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! What a wonderful night we had at this precious restaurant. The small room with cozy seating, dim enough lights and beautiful decor, was only eclipsed by the incredible food. It was one of the nicest dining out nights I can remember.

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  34. Dawnie

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great experience at Mama L! Our regular waitress was wonderful as always. Our apps, meal and dessert was yummy.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Rhode Island

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best night of my life the food was exquisite! And I asked my girlfriend out!❤️

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  36. JohnK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful dinner at Mama Luisa's. The food, service and ambiance were excellent. And our server Robert was knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the evening and look forward to our next visit.

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  37. GeneTG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect evening with my sisters- great food, great service. Make sure you have the eggplant Parmesan, even if just as an appetizer!

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  38. ShanaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an unexpected surprise this quaint Italian restaurant was! My party and I came over from the Bodhi Spa with empty stomachs, and left the restaurant with empty plates. The food was absolutely delicious and generous portions! I cannot wait to come back and gorge myself on the fresh pasta again!

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  39. RichardP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent Food, Service, and Experience. A hidden Gem in Newport and has beed a favorite of ours for many years!!!

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  40. GodiF

    Rhode Island

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a perfectly prepared dinner in a very pleasant setting.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 848-5257.

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 567 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant

673 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6738

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Thames Street, Carroll Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Newport
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Limited parking available behind the building
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (401) 848-5257
  • Private party facilities
    For private event inquiries, please call the restaurant directly at 401-848-5257 or email us at mammaluisarest@gmail.com
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