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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 - 10:00 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

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  • 112
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  • 32
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Always good!

Always great!!! Seeing Papa greet you at the door in it self is welcoming!! Have eaton in and out and in all the different rooms. Every time we have out of town guests in they want to go there and that is saying something since we're a short boat ride away from Bella Vita!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
NonnaAngie
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Always great!!! Seeing Papa greet you at the door in it self is welcoming!! Have eaton in and out and in all the different rooms. Every time we have out of town guests in they want to go there and that is saying something since we're a short boat ride away from Bella Vita!

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Greenwood, Indiana
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My husband and I along with our adult 'children' tried Mama Carolla's based on our oldest daughter's rave review. She was right! I ordered the Chicken Piccata ( I prefer veal but that was not a choice) and it was fabulous. Cut the chicken with a fork, buttery lemon sauce redolent of lemon, lots of capers, and perfectly cooked angel... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Be prepared to wait ( no reservations Friday or Saturday nights) but well worth the wait. Great choices in appetizers, we tried 3 and they were all very good. Salads were all fresh. Every loved their entrees. Great wine options. Service was also excellent. We enjoyed sitting outside.

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Muncie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I heard about this restaurant on the Travel Channel. We had a beautiful summer evening so we made the one hour trip to Indy for dinner. The food was delicious, the ambience romantic and the service prompt (could have been friendlier). Was a perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed one of our best Indianapolis meals just last night at Mama Carola's. The 'Chow Down Midtown' promotion was running and that turned it into an AMAZING value as well. First we received a great appetizer (ours was the Fried Ravioli and Marinara sauce). Then we had two house salads (don't miss the house vinaigrette dressing)... More 

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DoDDS, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Desk manager at our hotel recommended this place, located in an area of Indy I used to pass on my walk home from Broad Ripple HS. Charming restaurant with great service. Food was excellent. We shared a stuffed mushroom appetizer and the chicken involtine. The wine list is quite extensive. Seating is rather close, and since the restaurant is popular,... More 

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Auerbach, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Our hotel manager recommended this as one of his favorites, he was definitely right on. Tucked away in 'Old Indy' this restaurant is a must " go to " local restaurant when traveling through Indy. Good food, good service, good wine selection, very nice italian restuarant.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Every time we go to Mama Carolla's, we leave extremely well-fed and satisfied. The waitstaff is efficient and helpful with the menu, and they were even able to cater to my picky eater by making a bowl of plain pasta with butter and parmesan. Try the salmon; you won't be disappointed!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?