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Mama's Cucina Italiana

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Pala Casino, 11154 HWY 76, Pala, CA 92059
(760) 510-5100 before 5:00 pm, (760) 510-4541 after 5:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 15
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 0
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mama's is no longer

Mama's is closed. So if ur coming here for pasta don't. It is now called Cave. It's a restaurant, lounge and wine cave. Apparently the same chef is still employed here. I ate at Cave tonight and enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere. They still have some pasta on the menu but it is limited. Cave has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Pasadena, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Food was delicious and the service was fantastic, this is probably the best kept secret for Italian for in Southern California. Chef Luciano really knows how to do it!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Mama's is closed. So if ur coming here for pasta don't. It is now called Cave. It's a restaurant, lounge and wine cave. Apparently the same chef is still employed here. I ate at Cave tonight and enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere. They still have some pasta on the menu but it is limited. Cave has an open kitchen and... More 

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Murrieta, California
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110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is our favorite lasagna ever! It has tender meat with an excellent sauce that is not overpowering with a tomato flavor. We eat there every time we go to Pala. The service and the atmosphere are wonderful.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We are surprised how clean the restaurant nice enviroment friendly staff. Great restaurant..5star.. Excellent food.

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Vista, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I won't put the entire experience, but I just wanted to give a couple bullet points to our experience. -Ceiling leaking all over our table. -Offered appetizers they chose as compensation (one being seafood although only 2 out of 9 people ate seafood) All apps were cleared basically untouched. -Horrible server! He couldn't describe the menu items to us, kept... More 

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Located in the Pala Casino and Resort this is a hidden gem. They make their pasta fresh everyday and you can certainly taste the difference. We started with the Salmon-Halibut Carpaccio appetizer that was excellent. I then selected the Spaghetti with Mama's Meatball. Our server warned me it was large and he was right. It was the size of a... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Ask for Tiffany! She is spectacular! While they have a huge menu, we asked for something off the menu and she said she would have them make us anything we wanted. They really spoil you here...

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Los Angeles, California
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123 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

With many choices, delicious aromas and nice ambience, this restaurant is a favorite of hotel guests and locals alike looking for a great Italian restaurant. Can be a little pricey for the budget-conscious.

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Anaheim, California
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Mrs likes this restaurant located in the Pala Casino Resort. We went here as part of a Pala Casino "Celebration Package". We had $50 to use & we used it all. Mrs ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese & I ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo con Pollo, but both pastas looked the same(?), sort of like the wavy edge of a Lasagna noodle.... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Every time we go to Pala, we eat at this restaurant. The atmosphere is calm and wonderful. We have always had excellent service there. Bread is served immediately, and it's delicious. Our favorite meal is their lasagna, just so tasty! I also recommend the spinach salad because it is very unique. It is certainly a nice place for dinner.

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Additional Information about Mama's Cucina Italiana

Address: Pala Casino, 11154 HWY 76, Pala, CA 92059
Phone Number: (760) 510-5100 before 5:00 pm, (760) 510-4541 after 5:00 pm
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pala
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pala Casino, 11154 HWY 76, Pala, CA 92059
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pala
  • Phone Number: (760) 510-5100 before 5:00 pm, (760) 510-4541 after 5:00 pm

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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