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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

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2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711 (29th Street)
+1 520-790-4702
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Description: Mama Louisa's Italian restaurant has been a fixture on the Tucson dining...
Mama Louisa's Italian restaurant has been a fixture on the Tucson dining scene since 1956. We serve fresh pasta and house made sauces using the freshest ingredients. Monday through Saturday from 11 AM till 2 PM we offer our famous all you can eat pasta, soup, and salad bar. Enjoy various types of pasta, a wide variety of sauces, and a large salad bar filled with fresh toppings. Our menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from lasagna, manicotti, fettuccini alfredo, veal parmesan, pizza's and of course our signature pasta dish Joe's Special. Enjoy our updated bar area with TV's, local and craft beer on draft, creative cocktails, and a diverse and affordable wine list.
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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Italiano!

Nice family owned restaurant. Good food and service. Homemade pasta and a really good salad bar. Early bird dinner specials are a great deal and include the salad bar.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jenn B
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice family owned restaurant. Good food and service. Homemade pasta and a really good salad bar. Early bird dinner specials are a great deal and include the salad bar.

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Thank Jenn B
Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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301 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

From what I'd read, this restaurant has been around for quite some time. For all the times I've visited Tucson to see family, I'd never been there until now. I read quite a few reviews from different sources and found quite a variation in service and quality. I wasn't going to let that stop me from finding out what makes... More 

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Thank Daveflstc07
Tucson, AZ
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I are native Tucsonans and this was our first time here and we will be back! Loved the homemade pasta. I had linguine and meatballs and he had the cannelloni. Both were really great and our waitress was super nice. Great to have homemade Italian food!

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Thank amy23anderson
Tucson, United States
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154 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Mama Louisa's has been around for decades and is a local favorite for Italian cuisine. Had one of their pizzas which was very good. Extensive menu of all of your Italian favorites. Salad bar was very popular. Full bar menu. Good food -- good service -- good prices. What more could you ask for!

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Thank Wesley C
Tucson, Arizona
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213 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Growing up in Tucson, we know Mama Louisa's and I'm happy to say they still have it. The food is good, the service is on, and the place just feels right. We will go back!

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Thank Carol R
Scottsdale, Arizona
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Varied menu with something for everyone from appetizers through desserts. Our big party was served efficiently.

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Thank donaldono
Tucson, Arizona
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54 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

One of our favorites. We bring out of town guests here. Great food and a reasonable price. Service is always excellent. The Joe's special chicken parm is amazing. Big portions too.

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Thank Lance B
Tucson, Arizona
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Service was excellent and portions were large, but food was very bland. I wish I could give them a better rating but it just wasn't up to snuff.

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Thank Czechnut
Springfield
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Tonight was my first time at Mama Louisa's and I am so sorry I didn't find it years ago. So many things looked good I opted for Mama's Combo, containing lasagna, eggplant parmesan and tortellini. All were excellent. The creme brulee with blueberries on the bottom was also excellent. The wine recommendation went perfectly with the meal. The service was... More 

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Thank David D
Tucson, Arizona
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135 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

For an Italian restaurant this one is a bit different. The service was excellent but the food left something to be desired. I'll try it again just to have another experience to see if there are other menu items that I would like more.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711
    (29th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-790-4702

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 31
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children

Description

Mama Louisa's Italian restaurant has been a fixture on the Tucson dining scene since 1956. We serve fresh pasta and house made sauces using the freshest ingredients. Monday through Saturday from 11 AM till 2 PM we offer our famous all you can eat pasta, soup, and salad bar. Enjoy various types of pasta, a wide variety of sauces, and a large salad bar filled with fresh toppings. Our menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from lasagna, manicotti, fettuccini alfredo, veal parmesan, pizza's and of course our signature pasta dish Joe's Special. Enjoy our updated bar area with TV's, local and craft beer on draft, creative cocktails, and a diverse and affordable wine list.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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