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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711
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Ranked #232 of 1,681 Restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $17 - $31
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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English first
Tucson, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed our dinner here with friends recently! Started with fried zucchini, mozzarella sticks and an added bonus of Italian nachos.....HIGHLY recommend the nachos -- they were amazing, flavorful, noodle based instead of chips and the freshest pesto ever! Then, we all ordered very different things for dinner....pastas were of course fantastic...chicken with vegetables was also great, but the favorite... More

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Tucson, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I love Mama Louisa's food - excellent sauce that smells divine. We have been customers there for over 20 years. My most recent visit was in June 2014 when a group of us had a small reunion from our high school days. Several people in the group had lived in Tucson before and had come back for this weekend. The... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been coming to Mama Louisa's since the day I arrived in Tucson, over 20 years ago. The cocktails have always been well made, and generous, which is a plus.... ... but it is the food that has kept me a loyal diner at this place. No matter the side of town I am on, I will go to... More

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Sahuarita, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I've driven past Mama Louisa's many times but was never drawn to it. Maybe it's the location, I don't know. Finally decided to give it a try after searching for Italian Restaurants in Tucson. I think the "Lunch Special" sign hanging from the eaves on the front makes it look cheap. But on closer inspection both inside and out it's... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have been going to Mama Louisa's for over 50 years, enjoying the great food created by each generation of this family. Last night we celebrated my daughter's birthday. From the menu favorites and cocktails for the grandparents and childhood favorite for the birthday girl and her husband, and the world's best pizza, along with special children's mac n' cheese... More

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Sahuarita, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

When you walk in there is a strange smell, it most likely is from the old carpet. We were seated quickly and the servers were wonderful. The food was ok, portions were good. I had the lasagna , which tasted ok. I most likely wouldn't return though, the place is in need of a remodel so the atmosphere isn't the... More

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26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went there for dinner. We were greeted and seated fairly quickly. After that it was downhill for the rest of the evening. Two of our party ordered the salad bar and proceeded to get their salads. It took at least a half hour before they cleared the dirty salad plates off the table. Then it was another half an... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Even though the place appears a bit dated and somewhat obscure you'll have a party in your mouth when you bite into the food!! Oh my, what a surprise we got. We were expecting ok food, just went there because it was close to where we were staying on base. Thought we'd grab a quick bite and move on. This... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Horrible. We came in for a quick lunch awhile back and it was such an awful experience that we left after drinks and part of an appetizer and went somewhere else. The server was so rude, it was mind blowing. My wife tried to order what she wanted only to be argued with and told that she didn't want that... More

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Tucson, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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