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Mamma Luisa Restaurant

673 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6738
(401) 848-5257
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Ranked #7 of 207 Restaurants in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

During our three week vacation in the US, we were looking for a more European style of food and found it here. Great pasta, attentive (and not too pushy) staff and even the espresso was just right. Can really recommend this place!

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seattle
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68 reviews 68 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I made dinner reservations at this restaurant less based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. I had only lived in Newport 8 days when I visited the restaurant. I plan to go again. I wanted a non-seafood restaurant with vegetarian options for out of town guests. It was an excellent choice; we were all very happy with our meals. The waitress... More

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Bedford, England
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311 reviews 311 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
524 helpful votes 524 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We fancied an Italian meal for a change and went to Mamma Luisa on a Friday night. We had no reservation but after only 25 minutes in a nice waiting room we were seated at a lovely table. The atmosphere is cosy, intimate, relaxing and very romantic. The service was friendly and very efficient. The food and wine menus were... More

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Albany, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My wife and I were in New port for a wedding and decided to make a long weekend of it. We were staying at the Francis Malbone B&B and while at breakfast on Sunday we told the Innkeeper Will that we were in the mood for a good Italian dinner that night. Without hesitation he quickly recommended Mamma Luisa. At... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I love Italian, so when we decided to vacation in Newport we thought we would give this place a try. The restaurant is in a small converted house on Thames street. The good thing is it's toward the end away from the busier downtown so it's easier to find parking. We had a reservation for a Friday, but got there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Looking for a nice Italian meal this is the place! The smell is lingering outside as you walk up! Not many tables so a reservation is needed on busy nights. Warm bread wonderful salads and the deserts were to die for! Best meal had in Newport on opposite end of Thames street so if looking for hustle and bustle not... More

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

small Intimate setting + delicious cooked to order food sometimes = log jam. However this place is worth the wait The soft soothing Italian music just added to the ambiance. Try the butternut squash ravioli. Very different ,very good! Did not have room for dessert but the dessert tray made its way past us more than once and they all... More

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Definitely one of the best Italian meals we have ever had!! We showed up almost at closing time but the staff were willing to give us a table. Their service was very professional and warm. Mamma Luisa has a welcoming ambiance with a great family feel. This restaurant is definitely a 'must go' for anyone in Newport who loves good... More

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Holden, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every time we come here, we always leave with full bellies and taste buds tantalized. You can't go wrong with any of the dishes here. Why waste your time at any other Italian restaurant when you can go to Mamma's?!

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stonecollector
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is an unpretentious, laid back kind of a place that seems to be focused on fresh, tasty food rather than bells and whistles. Highlights of our meal were the wild mushroom and arugula ravioli (yum) and the tiramisu (YUM). Skip the pasta arrabiata - not nearly as good as we've had elsewhere and other dishes are more interesting.

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