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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711
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Ranked #207 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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74% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 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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Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 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
51 helpful votes 51 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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