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Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant, Newport, RI

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant

4.8
4.8
155 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 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, Rhode Island

  • 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 155 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Rhode Island

    Best Food

  • Rhode Island

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Rhode Island

    Romantic

  • Rhode Island

    Italian

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  1. MG

    MaryG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was excellent.The carbonara was delicious along with the spinach Parmesan. We enjoyed the romantic Italian music. All in all a lovely experience.

  2. JS

    JenniferS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The only complaint is the parking! The food was excellent! The service was outstanding! Thank you!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic!

  4. K

    Kate

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A perennial fave! Wonderful food, always a great special or two, a cozy vibe, great wine list, and such amazing, welcoming staff. This is a restaurant with true personality. Love your Mamma!

  5. J

    John

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great dinner with excellent service!

  6. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was fantastic. Looking forward to another visit!

  7. BO

    BOSTONNP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was absolutely delicious. Great wine. Looking forward to another dinner soon!!

  8. FS

    F2Shoes

    Miami

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    First time experience. Very interesting setting. Old world charm. Sat on the second floor. Quiet dining, which we like. Salad was different and very good. Main courses of eggplant parmigiana and tagliatelle el pesce were good, but more or less average. Dessert was very good. Good Italian wine selection at a reasonably price. Overall good value.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mamma Luisa is the most charming and authentic. I had the bolognese and it was delicious. We sat upstairs, and it was so cozy. Very kind servers and staff. Oh and the tiramisu is so good!

  10. JA

    JohnA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, homemade Italian. Good wine list GREAT service. The pastas were extraordinary.

  11. HS

    HankS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A quaint romantic restaurant which takes you back in time to days when life was good and simple. Great wine list very reasonably priced. Food fresh and plentiful portions. Wait staff attentive , personable and friendly. In a town of many great restaurants, our dinner here on our last night of vacation was a home run! Will definitely be back and I have told all my friends who vacation in Newport that this is a must stop .

  12. BP

    BPatG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Veal was amazing. Some of the best bread I have had.

  13. D

    Dining3

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One vegan dish ( an Italian seitan dish with Rosemary potatoes) that keeps me coming back. Husband always likes his non vegan meals. Robert, our waiter, very friendly and accommodating.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently good food every time we go. Can’t go wrong with this restaurant for great Italian.

  16. c

    cherieee

    New England

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Charming restaurant on the outskirts of the busy main traffic area of Newport. We started with green and also the esotica salad and had the tuna and the veal entrees, all are highly recommended. Service was wonderful as well as the wines. Look forward to our next visit.

  17. e

    epicurean

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistency in excellence!!

  18. T

    Timbob8646

    Indiana

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just a great experience-Nicole was great!!! TOE

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food and service! Just delightful!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mini honeymoon

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant experience never disappoints! The food is fabulous and the service is impeccable!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary.

  23. M

    Marc

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    This place serves real authentic Italian cuisine. My family and I really enjoyed the experience. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is eclectic and fun. One thing that is really interesting is that the building looks like a real house converted to a restaurant with creaky staircases and narrow doorways. It all ads to the charm!

  24. CF

    CF90

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food was amazing and the ambiance was so homey. We loved it!

  25. r

    ruffem

    Portland

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Pasra was excellent but the salad was overdressed and the bread marginal. Waitress was pleasant but seemed a bit overwhelmed. Wine list was extensive and reasonably priced. Overall a good experience.

  26. PU

    PaulUSA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    This place is a gem: an authentic Italian restaurant, and I mean authentic Italian not American Italian. The setting is a large private house with several small dinning rooms spread out over two floors. The seating areas are quiet and confortable with numerous Italian references, some a bit old and obsolete yet charming. There is a family atmosphere in this place which may transport you back in time for Sunday celebrations at your grand-parents' home. The food is very good: I had the best Ossobuco with polenta one could imagine. The wine list is complete with a large choice of Italian wines; try some of their excellent chianti or wines from Toscana. The service is European - caring, attentive, knowledgeable, yet not too present - with a twist of casual exchanges like you would expect in a family owned restaurant. The prices are really reasonable for the quality of the experience. Highly recommended.

  27. JO

    JeanmarieO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This authentic Italian restaurant is a must every year when we return to Newport RI. The atmosphere is quaint. We had a party of five and were basically in our own room. The restaurant is in a house that would resemble your Italian grandmother's house. Food is delicious, service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meal.

  28. C

    Carguy5598

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been coming to Mama Luisa for many years and each visit is consistent and enjoyable. The specials are great to try and the fact that they cater also to vegetarians is welcoming. Highly recommend!

  29. CL

    CameronL

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food in a cozy spot. Almost feels like you eating at an Italian grandmother's house.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On our second visit to Mamma Luisa’s my husband and I brought our friends. Our meals were delicious, and now our friends also have eating at Mamma Luisa’s on their “must do while visiting Newport” list. Our waiter Robert was personable and knowledgable, increasing our overall experience. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit.

  31. AR

    AlysonR

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal for both my husband and me. I got the bolognese and he got the tagatelle pesce. Both were fantastic , homemade pasta. Very unique spot with lots of history and the staff was great as well! Definitely recommend if looking for great Italian in Newport.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    always amazing food, service and ambiance!

  33. MK

    MikeK

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First visit , excellent food and service , beautiful restaurant

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the BEST restaurant in Newport…. The food is sumptuous, the service is EXCELLENT…. And the owner is forensically involved in it’s success!

  35. HU

    HeidiU

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambiance was cozy and elegant at the same time. I was with my son, but could be a very romantic location as well. Service was excellent. Food was delicious, portions were on the larger size. A bit pricey, but perfect for a special occasion. I will be back.

  36. L

    Libbby

    New England

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time..definitely not our last..Wonderful..

  37. Z

    Zulma

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice italian restaurant. Our server Robert was great. The bread was delicious as was the Capresw al Pesto. Oue pasta dishes were so good! IWe’re returning this conibg weekend!

  38. HK

    HazelK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just a great vibe! Highly recommend for a cozy/romantic night.

  39. ST

    STEPHENC

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Upstairs dining room you sit on top of one another after climbing up a narrow steep staircase. 5 dollars for a glass of soda! Wouldnt take Newport Diners book due to resteraunt week we were not even made aware of. Dont be in the book if you wont let people use it. Did not say resteraunt week excluded in book. Food was good but overall just old stuffy atmosphere and service.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I were on a weekend getaway. A friend had recommended Mama Luisa’s . We easily made a reservation and were seated right away. We loved the ambience immediately .. very cozy. Both the service and the food were wonderful. Our server was very friendly and attentive and we shared a warm conversation with both her and the couples at the table next to us. Highly recommend. !

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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 155 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant

673 Thames St Newport, RI 02840-6738

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Thames Street, Carroll Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Newport, Rhode Island

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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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