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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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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 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
Fill up then walk it off!

Easy location right on the Monon trail, so after you fill yourself with pasta, you can walk it off. It was a beautiful evening so we sat out back on the trellised patio. Great service and food options. We had an appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 2 alchoholic drinks and the bill was only in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
agioe
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Indianapolis, IN
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Indianapolis, IN
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Easy location right on the Monon trail, so after you fill yourself with pasta, you can walk it off. It was a beautiful evening so we sat out back on the trellised patio. Great service and food options. We had an appetizer, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and 2 alchoholic drinks and the bill was only in the 50's - I... More 

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Wayne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What a terrific experience. The food was fantastic and very reasonable. I actually went there some time ago and it was so memorable that I was sharing the experience with a friend who is going to Indianapolis and looked it up for them. Realized that I had forgotten to do a review. It is still great!

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Indianapolis
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We have eaten there a few times and the food is okay. But this time it was dirty. I ordered a pineapple martini and it was terrible. It was made with canned pineapple and orange juice. I sent it back but they did not seem to care. It makes me wonder about the quality of the food ingredients. The room... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

We recently enjoyed dinner on their patio behind the restaurant and it was lovely. The tables well spaced, the music gentle, and the food was very good. My wife had the mussels to start and they were excellent. I enjoyed the veal for a main course and it also was very good.

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Marquette, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

My mother loves Mama Carolla's and when I visit, we end up there. They do not take reservations, so go early or be prepared to wait. Food is good, served is fairly good also.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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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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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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13 restaurant reviews
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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12 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Romantic, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?