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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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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Description: A Family Tradition since 1956. Homemade pastas and aged sauces offer a...
A Family Tradition since 1956. Homemade pastas and aged sauces offer a traditional Italian flavor. The menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, manicotti, canneloni, chicken, veal, shrimp, pizzas and our signature pasta dish Joe's Special, Salad bar available for all meals. Lunch Special, Mon-Sat 11-2 Soup, Salad and Pasta Bar. Early Evening Specials and Happy Hour 3-6 pm daily. The decor of the restaurant features hand-painted murals from the 1950's and 1970's.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Great Italian Food and Atmosphere

The Food was the best I've had in a long time. Really tasted home made. Our waitress was excellent and took care of all our needs. We were there on a Friday night and it was packed. Salad bar was the best. The portions of the meals were so large we had to get take home boxes. Wish we lived... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Paula H
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Florence
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Florence
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The Food was the best I've had in a long time. Really tasted home made. Our waitress was excellent and took care of all our needs. We were there on a Friday night and it was packed. Salad bar was the best. The portions of the meals were so large we had to get take home boxes. Wish we lived... More 

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Scottsdale
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

You are always guaranteed an excellent meal with quality service. They've recently downsized the menu, but still varied enough to make everyone happy. If it's dinner on the weekend, be sure to make a reservation...or take your chances for a not so short wait in line. We made that mistake once.

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Franklin, Indiana
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129 reviews 129 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

we were hoping for more from this little Italian restaurant. A group of 7 friends arrived early (3:30) one Thursday for the Early bird special as advertised. Only one staff member was on duty at that time. Tables weren't cleared and so service was slow. The specials are a pretty good deal but the food quality is average with lots... More 

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Rochester, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This had been our favorite local Italian restaurant for the past 3 years. Their minestrone soup had been the one to measure all others against - no more. We suspect, but do not know that there has been a change in management or ownership. The salad bar appears to be the same and good. The restaurant had usually been packed,... More 

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Tucson
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The food seems to be the same as the original location. This place is located in a store front so it is not huge but it is nice and comfortable. The Pizza is very slow, the rest of the food is pretty quick and they serve wine and beer now. Pretty busy place so call ahead or come early. Great... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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158 reviews 158 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Stopped for a late lunch the other day ..... had Joe's Special and like other reviewers said, it is really good, especially with an Italian sausage or meat balls. Oh, the the bread sticks are the best ever ! Fast friendly service, attentive yet not intrusive, clean and tidy dining area with pleasant decor. Definitely on our list of 'must... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Mama Louisa's is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Tucson. It's not the fanciest, but the service is good and the food is pretty tasty. We like to order Joe's Special with a visit to the soup and salad bar. Joe's Special is basically pasta with their homemade marinara sauce, red pepper flakes, and mozzarella cheese. You can order... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

It's been a number of years since I last dined here but I was curious to see what changes had been made with a new team at the helm - I was thrilled to see some of my favorite dishes (like Joe's Special) still on the menu and was very pleased with the new items, like the Italian Nachos. I... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Once upon a time, this was my favorite Italian restaurant. I really liked the decor, fresh salad, steaming pots of soup, the pasta bar. It was all great. For various reasons, I hadn't returned for quite awhile. Sadly, I won't return again until I learn that there have been improvements. I was there at lunch time on Saturday. The pots... More 

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Pittsburgh PA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

This good Italian restaurant has very good food. Not from a can like a previous reviewer stated. Salad bar good, not great. Try the wedding soup. Veal picatta and veal park both very good

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

A Family Tradition since 1956. Homemade pastas and aged sauces offer a traditional Italian flavor. The menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, manicotti, canneloni, chicken, veal, shrimp, pizzas and our signature pasta dish Joe's Special, Salad bar available for all meals. Lunch Special, Mon-Sat 11-2 Soup, Salad and Pasta Bar. Early Evening Specials and Happy Hour 3-6 pm daily. The decor of the restaurant features hand-painted murals from the 1950's and 1970's.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 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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