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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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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 96
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I have a little crush on the Roasted Rosemary Chicken

The atmosphere is charming and the service spot on. The flavor of the Roasted Rosemary Chicken is just right. The chicken is moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. And you get a whole half of a chicken, I always have enough for a lunch the next day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
NoraLeona
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

DO go here for Italian food. Do NOT sit near the vintage fireplace in the front hall. Read below. Management can improve a lot here: In a home so lovingly preserved, it is a shame that a loud, drunk party of six was not seated in the bar OR outdoors. Both locations much better for the loud, expletive....4 letter word,... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The atmosphere is charming and the service spot on. The flavor of the Roasted Rosemary Chicken is just right. The chicken is moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. And you get a whole half of a chicken, I always have enough for a lunch the next day.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I read the history about this place and the food and atmosphere far acceded my expectations. I just moved to Indianapolis and Italian is my favorite type of food. I think I have already found my favorite Italian restaurant in my new city!!

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indianapolis
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

First off expect to wait, this place is always busy. we arrived at 6:00 and waited 50 minutes- now the wait kind of flew by, we were outside at sitting tables in a tent with heaters. It was pretty comfortable considering the conditions outside and we did request to be seated in the Rose Room. I suggest you request this... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We love this restaurant but expect to wait for a table unless you arrive when they open. The fish I had was the best I've ever eaten. Prices are reasonable, and the food is delicious.

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Columbus, Indiana
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Speaking as an Italian born and raised person. The mark of a good restaurant is 1. good food 2. Good service 3. Good athmosphere. We ordered three different dishes and all three were appalling and distasteful. Truly a sorry excuse for "Italian Food". You all are being lied to. If you can not even cook the pasta correctly or even... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Everything was excellent! I would almost consider moving to Indy just to have access to this little gem! The building, decor, layout is adorable. It's very homey and intimate. The food was excellent. You can tell they put effort into making it. I had the Manicotti and it was by far the best I've ever had. They have their own... More 

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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
9 helpful votes 9 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
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?