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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
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 105
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Wonderful Italian food

Delicious, excellent food! There is almost always a wait at this place that has a cult like following. Everything smells and tastes amazing! Great place for a date!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
beachloverandfoodie
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Delicious, excellent food! There is almost always a wait at this place that has a cult like following. Everything smells and tastes amazing! Great place for a date!

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Brownsburg, Indiana
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

One year later - service is still great, very attentive. Arrived about 5:30 pm. Sat right down. Surprised that I chose the the same as before Portabella mushroom cap stuffed with crab meat - very large and very tasty! The talapia crusted with walnuts with Blackberry sauce was a very large portion and very tasty! Disappointed in myself that I... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Waited about 1 hour and 15 minutes for a table and it was well worth it. It felt like you were at home having dinner. The wait staff was excellent and very knowledgeable of everything on the menu. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants GREAT Italian food!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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215 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I couldn't believe how busy Mama Carolla's was on a Wednesday night. It was packed and there was quite wait. The food was good - it is consistently good. The service was slow. It took quite a while for a waiter to come to our table. We finally got one after about 30 minutes. I also got a to go... More 

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62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

First of all, we were staying downtown and I didn't realize it was so far from the downtown area, my fault. The restaurant doesn't take reservations and we didn't have to wait too long. A very nice atmosphere outdoors and appears to be a family friendly restaurant. The service was good and the food average. No raves, just average. I... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Mama's had been recommended to us by several friends that knew we traveled to Indy often. We finally had the chance to give it a try after a soccer game. First thing, although there is no dress code, we were horribly underdress. It was a Saturday evening and there were a lot of dresses, slacks and even several ties. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Our group was in Indy for a business trip and found Mama's to be a highlight of the trip. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and elegant. The food was delicious. We got to meet Mama by accident and just loved her hospitality. I enjoyed Tiramisu for dessert, WOW! Even the lemonade was yummy! Great dining experience

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Plainfield, IL
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were on a week long college visit trip with our daughter. To make it more fun, we decided to eat local through each of the four states we were visiting. We found the great breakfast spot next door, Good Morning Mama's. While we were waiting to be seated we wandered over to look at Mama Carolla's which doesn't open... More 

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ballwin mo
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Mama's ia a winner. A little difficult to find parking because all the locals know what great dinning awaits them here. Turley a wonderdful Italian Resturtant.

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Dalton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited Mama Carolla's twice in the week we were in Indianapolis. We had tried once before a year ago but could not get in. It is a very busy restaurant, especially on weekends, and does not take reservations. Our children live just across the road from the restaurant so we could walk as well as judge how crowded it... More 

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Additional Information about Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
Phone Number: 317-259-9412
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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