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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, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 123
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely experience

We had a table on the patio on a beautiful September evening. Every dish we chose was delicious and and the servings were larger than we could finish. The service was impeccable. I would go back anytime!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
LSU32034
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Amelia Island, Florida
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Amelia Island, Florida
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a table on the patio on a beautiful September evening. Every dish we chose was delicious and and the servings were larger than we could finish. The service was impeccable. I would go back anytime!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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54 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has terrific Italian Food. The eggplant puttenesca is terrific as is the linguini with clam sauce.

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Thank Guy B
Newburgh, Indiana
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

1st visit but have heard about it from friends and family. Long wait but the owner was out greeting guests and bussing tables! Dinner was great! Food was flavorful and huge portions! When we told him they should make the portions smaller, he just said, "We're Italian!" Had dessert and coffee everything was wonderful!

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Thank Angela P
Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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180 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Very busy lively place on a Saturday night. After a 45 minute wait or so, we were seated outside perhaps thanks to the unseasonably warm December weather. Great menu with many interesting Italian choices (no surprise given the name). The restaurant is in an old house along with a fairly large outdoor seating area out back. Our choices included a... More 

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Thank MJN63
Cape Coral, Florida
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This was my first trip to Mama Carolla's and I was very impressed by the location, the decor, the atmosphere, my friends' entree choices, and the service (mostly). The person to my right had the lasagna, and by all accounts it was amazing – an excellent choice. Another person at the table ordered the Misto Mare which was also a... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

My group of 5 went for dinner on Black Friday. We feared a long wait, but were seated right away (~6:30 pm) at a small table in the middle of one of the many small-ish rooms in the restaurant. Oddly, it didn't feel cramped. There was room on the table for everything we needed, and the tables in the room... More 

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Thank indybadger
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44 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It is hard for me to speak positively about Italian food without being critical, because I always think I can cook it better...but Mama Carollas is another gem that hit the mark. Try the Asparagus fritters...reminiscent of what my grandmother made with Cardoon, and just as tasty!

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Thank Norman T
Indianapolis, Indiana
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58 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We really enjoyed the ambiance of this restaurant....the outdoor dining is very fun as well. However, it is a restaurant located in an old home, and they have used every corner of it for seating....pretty tight quarters (tables are very close together). The food was very average....not bad, but nothing special. Our opinion, go for the atmosphere, not for the... More 

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Thank Michelle112013
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Sat in a delightful little room with our group. Got prompt, gracious service and everyone had great good. Went back a month later and just as good.

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Thank Paul K
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

I love this place! Soup is Great! Salad and dressing are great! Entrees are Awesome! The garlic cheese bread is off the chain! Service great Dessert great!

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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: Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?