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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711
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Ranked #197 of 1,684 restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $17 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 29th Street
Description: Home cooking the Italian way since 1956. Homemade pastas and aged sauces offer a traditional Italian flavor. The menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from eggplant parmigiana, manicotti, cannelloni, chicken, pork, veal, shrimp, pizzas and our signature pasta dish Joes' Special. The decor of the restaurant features hand-painted murals from the 1950's and 1970's along with the traditional checkered table clothes.
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75% Recommend
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I beg to differ from my experience and the food that I ended up with. It was terrible. In addition I am sure many people noticed the difference. The man in front of me commented on the sauce being different. I used to go there and I knew the elderly lady that was always there but she is no longer... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Probably the best ravioli in Tucson. Joe's Special is also delicious. Hard to make a decision when dining here. The salad bar is absolutely a must. Rumor has it they are opening a second location.

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El Paso, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were there with a large group and they were able to take care of us and serve it in timely manner. Good food, nice environment and price is reasonable. Kids had a good time!

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Bellingham, WA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Super fast service. The salad and pasta bar is a fantastic deal, allowing for quick in and out. The salad bar may not be all that spectacular but is certainly adequate. Add to that an all you can eat pasta bar and some really good breadsticks and you get a good meal!

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Green Valley
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had no reservations and arrived during the "Early Bird Specials" serving time. After ordering a glass of wine in the bar, we were promptly ushered to our table by the host. Our waitress appeared quickly and apologized that we had to wait! She was exceptionally attentive and friendly. This is a family restaurant and meals have been served at... More

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Red Oak, Iowa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The pasta at this place is the stuff of dreams!! Light and delicious!! Serving sizes were generous. The salad bar is nice and cold! I would have given an excellent rating if it wasn't that the service was SO incredibly SLOW!!

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Tucson, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We made reservations on a Friday afternoon to go to the restaurant on The next night for 7pm. When we arrived the gentleman said you are early. Yes we arrived 10 minutes till 7! We were not seated till 7:30. While we were waiting many people came in and were seated before us. We checked to see why we weren't... More

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Rochester, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We came in time for the early bird specials (up to 6:30). We got a garlic bread, homemade soup and a generous salad bar along with a very good entree of shrimp scampi and eggplant parmesan. Service was very attentive and the food was excellent. The wines were ok.

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The service was good, I cant say anything bad about it, but the food was mediocre at best. I had the penne with meat sauce which should have been called the penne with salt sauce. Just way too salty...caprese salad should not have lettuce and just a smidgen of basil.... was looking forward to trying this place, but won't go... More

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Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Have been eating here for the past 10 years. Food is always excellent, service is good and prices are reasonable.

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