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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
317-259-9412
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Will never return

My husband took me to Mama Carolla's for our Valentine's Day dinner. I could not have been more disappointed. They took reservations that night, and obviously over did it. Those who were waiting for their table to open up were crowded around the people trying to enjoy their meal. Nothing says... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Traci1001
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Anderson, Indiana
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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145 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Anderson, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband took me to Mama Carolla's for our Valentine's Day dinner. I could not have been more disappointed. They took reservations that night, and obviously over did it. Those who were waiting for their table to open up were crowded around the people trying to enjoy their meal. Nothing says romantic like someone watching you eat over your shoulder.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Mama Carolla's offers great-tasting food at reasonable prices in a wonderful atmosphere. The restaurant is in an old house, so there are several small dining areas, giving it a cozy feeling. The wait staff is always attentive. And the food is fantastic! It may be the best Italian food I've had in Indy. I love their pomodoro sauce. There are... More 

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Speedway, Indiana
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81 reviews 81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Visited Momma Carolla's on Saturday evening for the first time. Parked in the rear and went inside for a 10-15 minute wait. Once seated we were promptly greeted by our server who said she had been there 17years. She made some great suggestions. We started with Artichoke frittrs which were wonderful. Next I had Rosemary Chicken Lasagna my date had... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Do your yourself a favor an swing by for dinner, You'll be very pleased. I've been all over the states and this rates right up there with great service, atmosphere and best of all -the food.

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Speedway, Indiana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Wow. A restaurant in an old house! Food is fantastic here!!!! Very nice place, with great bar area and patio seating. Reasonably priced. I absolutely love the Chicken Mushroom Lasagna. Alfredo sauce is fantastic. This is a great place for couples.

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carmel
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161 reviews 161 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

First the setting was really different. Classy and comfy. The service was amazing and prompt. The food was good from appetizers to salad to main dish. The salad was delicious. I had lasagna and it was amazing. I would eat here again anytime.

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Amelia, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We were looking for a dinner for our weekend trip to Indy and decided on this place. It was a great decision the place was packed but our group of 6 was seated within 10 minutes. The place was a converted house with seating all over in different rooms. It had a nice atmosphere thou from the decor and music... More 

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The food was excellent and tasted home-made rather than bulk store-bought. The Italian Wedding Soup was so unique with Angel Hair pasta, Basil leaves, and miniature herb and sausage meatballs,

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

How this place is considered to be good italian food is tragic. Terrible service, bad seating at a tiny table in a crowded little room with creepy old pictures. We thought this was bad enough until we got the food. Waitress brought the wrong dinner to my wife, so we never ate together. Additionally, she seemed to care less about... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

this is one of my favorite restaurant. Food, service and ambiance is just right. I like to sit outside in their beautiful garden in summer.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: 317-259-9412

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?