Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant

4.8
73 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
What 73 people are saying
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4.9
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4.7
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service! It was just too hot. AC was not on but door was open. Made an otherwise lovely evening very uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint place and legit authentic food!

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vipkathyt
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was even better ,

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vipTomF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner, great food and really friendly service.
We'll be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and the food. It’s the most delicious Italian food I have ever had.

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vipEROS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and it was like eating in a small house…terrific

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Lanam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Almost there in terms of authentic Italian food. Pasta carbonara had large pieces of bacon instead of pancetta.
A bottle of Barolo was so so for the price.

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vipKatie
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely adore Mamma Luisa’s food, service and atmosphere. We try to go regularly and always recommend it to friends and family. Love seeing the familiar faces of their staff and particularly love Hyechong!

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FoodieSue
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Mama Luisa’s. The small rooms and old-world decor reminded us of our favorite Italian restaurant in the town where we raised our children. Thank you for making our evening with our family so enjoyable!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious Italian food I have had in Newport!

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JLMZ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!! The Veal was really not that good, and over priced!

MP
vipMonicaP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian, home made feeling, delicious!!!!

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vipMbrufke
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just Wonderful. The service was amazing and the food outstanding. They were able to squeeze us in for a last min reservation and although our table was committed for another seating after ours, we did not feel the least bit rushed! We Will be returning.

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SuzieQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dining experience. Food served nice and hot. Menu was varied, although the house made pasta was excellent. Nice for a romantic dinner.

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SigalR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, delicious food and great atmosphere. I Highly recommend it

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CrystalM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservations. Prior to arriving we had called to see if they could take us earlier and the gentleman said come about 15 minutes early and he would try. Upon our arrival, the gentleman basically barked at us and said we had a reservation for 8:15. Not a good way to greet the guest. A more appropriate greeting would have been, “Hello, I was hoping to fit you in earlier, but unfortunately tables haven’t cleared enough to allow you to be seated”. We could have certainly understood that. We had the Bolognese and the egg noodles with garlic and basil, shrimp and scallops. The noodles were basically buttered and the shrimp was tough. The scallops were tender and done correct. The waiter Robert was wonderful and attentive, he was a positive light to our meal. Sad that this review is not what I expected to write, but given the struggles restaurants are facing, it is imperative to be the best you can be these days!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, one of our favorites in Newport! Great wine selection, and overall a great place for Italian! They book up quick, so try to make reservations early if you can, especially if you are looking at Fri/Sat dinner.

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vipAlexF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the US. The owner is from Bologna, and the food is completely authentic to that region. The italian wine selection is also excellent at many different price points. The great food combined with an elegant and quiet ambiance, makes meals at Mamma Luisa's a pleasure every time. The dessert selection is also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Such a cute family atmosphere. Loved it and our waiter Robert was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING if you have not gone go!! Nonna approved!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post-pandemic, this was our first time back to Mama Luisa’s in over a year. The food was as delicious as we remembered and we can’t wait to dine here again soon.

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vipPrince95
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience! The ambiance in this cute house is warm, inviting, and unique. Definitely different that the restaurants at the wharf or upper Thames.
The menu had a lot of variety including fantastic vegetarian dishes. The food was fresh and flavorful with good portions (not crazy huge). The service was friendly and fun. There are a few parking spots in the small gravel lot behind the house and street parking. We are going back in two days!

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CarlaM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, excellent Italian food. Will definitley go back. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a late dinner at this Italian spot. Loved the vibe of the restaurant (cool old house!) and the staff was excellent. Food was good, not the best Italian I’ve had, but the atmosphere and staff made up for what the food was lacking. Enjoyed our night and also the walk back up to our hotel, we got to see different parts of amazing Newport.

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vipPeggyC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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AmcRjc
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner every ones food was delicious. The service was outstanding Robert was our server and he was very attentive. We love this restaurant and recommend it to every one we know.

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JosephM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! It's like dining in the cozy home of your Italian grandma!

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DeborahD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was vacationing in Newport and had not been aware of Mama Luisa. We were all in the mood for Italian and did a drive-by. I will admit to having the misconception that it would be subpar because it was being run out of what looked to be someone’s private home Boy, were we in for a fabulous surprise! Not only was this the most charming setting, the wait staff was super attentive and the food was absolutely fabulous!!! As a picky Sicilian New Jersey gal, I can’t give it enough kudos!!! I make regular trips to Newport and visiting this wonderful restaurant will be top priority every year!!!

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vipCrystal
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, charming & simply delicious!
Wine list extensive, food made fresh daily in house, service on point & very friendly & knowledgeable about food/wine. We will definitely be coming back on a routine basis!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff, very cute environment!

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vipKatie
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual we had another amazing meal at Mamma Luisa's. Food is always consistently fabulous and Hyechong is our favorite server! It is always great to see a familiar face each time!

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vipShawnG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Great service, great value. Love coming here...

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GirishM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. Love the fact that they gave us the option of smaller portions for less money. More restaurants should do that! We had the bolognese, the sweet potato ravioli, the cheese ravioli and the carbonara. They were all amazing with the sweet potato ravioli probably being an A- versus the others being A+.

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jcapp
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Newport for the weekend.....was looking for an Italian restaurant and selected Mamma Luisa from the reviews we read. Good choice as everything was excellent. Definitely would return!

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LisaG
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We had a reservation for 530 on open table it said we’d have 90 minutes we were rushed from the moment we sat down until we left. The food was delicious but our server was rude and we were rushed which made the experience less than desirable and for that reason I’d never go back so many other Italian restaurants to try. We were listening to the guy answering the phone he couldn’t have been ruder I don’t know how they survive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. The food was amazing. I gave 4 stars because we felt very rushed. I was going to get a coffee and the woman just brought our check.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was outstanding !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian at its finest. Quaint and intimate atmosphere. Looking forward to returning in the near future.

FAQs

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 848-5257.

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.