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“Superb Italian Experience!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mama Stella's Ristorante Italiano

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Mama Stella's Ristorante Italiano
7075 Indian Head Hwy, Bryans Road, MD 20616-3234
301-375-6105
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Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Bryans Road
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Gettysburg
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Superb Italian Experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Mama Stella's has been around for years and has been handed down from father to son. The menu is extensive, the bar well stocked and the food exceptional. Meals are cooked to order with the owner overseeing every element of your experience. Found in a strip mall it is a little piece of Italy in the suburbs of DC. It is a place I visit every time I'm in DC.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Olney
1 review
“Eh...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Prices are very reasonable. The food is actually pretty good if you can get past the service which was atrocious. After ten minutes, we actually had to leave the table to find someone to serve us. Our salad arrived after another 10 minutes and upon arrival we asked if bread will be brought out to us, which the waitress did apologize for forgetting. From the time we entered the restaurant and our main course came, an hour and 15 minutes had expired. I would have given a 'one' rating if the food and price didn't cover the overwhelmingly lousy service. Oh yeah, did I mention we were the only ones in the restaurant?

Visited May 2012
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Centralia, Potomia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“I've said it before: Every neighborhood deserves a Mama Stella's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We have been going to Mama's ever since we moved to this neighborhood almost 23 years ago. The style is northern Italian, the food well prepared, and the sauces -- I think I have tasted all of them over time -- outstanding. I feel very much at home in this friendly and comfortable establishment, a true "mom and pop" operation, the current owner/operator a young man who started working there as a 14-year-old busboy 20 plus years ago and worked his way up to a successful entrepreneur. I am partial to the veal dishes while my wife loves the mussels (and claims the restaurant's Manhattan's are the best she has had anywhere -- and she lived in "the Big Apple" for 10 years) -- and the wait (and kitchen) staff are more like family to us than service personnel. What can I say other than that you will find something to tickle your appetite even if you don't like Italian (and are there any who don't like Italian, especially the Northern variety notwithstanding the fact that the cook is a Latina).

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Very accommodating !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

We rolled in 20 minutes before closing with 10 people and they took very good care of us. Great service and good food!!!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, Maryland
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153 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
“It is just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

The restaurant is pleasant as was the waiter. The salad dressing was good, bread ordinary and the two dishes we had just OK. Both dishes were different and neither sauce had all that much taste. Both dishes were supposed to feature peas in the mix. You could count the few peas that were placed in the sauce. Portions are moderate. Wine prices seemed a little high. All-in-all, it was just OK

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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