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Mama Cella's Italian Kitchen

16707 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
858-613-7770
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Ranked #245 of 4,068 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
San Diego, California, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Italian has never been particularly my favorite cuisine, but Mama Cella's definitely helped change that attitude. I figured, for one, that I have never really had well-made Italian food until here. I had an eggplant parmigiana, which comes with cheese and a side of spaghetti, which is more than sufficient for one person. The food is freshly-cooked, which means that... More

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Chula Vista, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Quaint Italian restaurant with friendly staff and really good food! Lasagna and fettuccine were great. Close to the freeway.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Had a unexpected stay in Rancho Bernardo and just wanted to have a dinner within walking distance of our hotel. The chinese restaurant we initially planned to go to was closed so we decided to just look around and found Mama Cellas in a small strip mall and decided to give it a try, and glad we did. It was... More

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San Diego, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I'm biased. I'm from New Haven Connecticut and although I've been in California since 1982, I still feel we have the BEST Italian food (pasta, pasta sauce and most of all the pizza) around. My 92 year old mother still makes the trek from her seniors' facility to go to Carmine's Tuscan Italian Grill in New Haven (I tell people... More

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Newport Beach, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

In a strip mall, surprised by quality and value of food. Visiting area for a wedding, about 8:30 pm, looking for something close to hotel. Place was very busy, but service spot on. Both pizza and pasta dishes were great.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The food was good (but my wife is Italian, so...) It is better than any chain Italian around here. My wife had the eggplant parm and I had the chicken parm to be safe on our first try. The eggplant was very good my wife said, and the chicken of the chicken parm was cooked just right. The sauce is... More

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Poway, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were delighted to discover this gem in a local strip mall. We go at least once a week because there is no way I could replicate this food at home and we start yearning for it after just a few days. It is run by a family who are hard working and friendly.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was in San Diego (Ranch Bernardo) recently, and stumbled upon this restaurant because it was walking distance from where we were staying. Being in a strip mall, my expectations were not very high. The service was really good. Our waiter was really good and was there every time we needed a refill. I was hesitant to just order the... More

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Laguna Hills, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I'm usually prompted to write reviews on restaurants when I experience a place that represents outstanding value, i.e. great food at great prices. Mama Cella's is such a place. Yes, its location is in the neighborhood shopping center and its interior is more for every-day dining rather than for formal occasions, but this speaks to the restaurant's potential for good... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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157 reviews 157 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This is good, down home Italian food. Service was good... eggplant was excellent.

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