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“Very good basic Italian food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mama Mia Trattoria

Mama Mia Trattoria
439 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204-3403 (Downtown)
+1 503-295-6464
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Ranked #230 of 3,282 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Good for: Families with children, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: SW Washington Street
Transit: Conveniently located 2 blocks from MAX line - 1st & Oak stop and 5th & Oak stop
Description: When you dine at Mama Mia Trattoria, Portland's Italian tradition, you've taken a step back in time into a traditional Italian kitchen where memories come to life with authentic southern Italian meals and the genuine hospitality of people who love delicious and genuine Italian dishes. At Mama Mia Trattoria our meals are prepared from scratch every day, with only the freshest ingredients. Our sauces and meatballs simmer all day to add the perfect flavor and essence to our expertly crafted dishes. We are committed to providing the highest quality food and service by sparing no expense and by using only the best local products and sustainable resources available. Here at Mama Mia Trattoria, we take pride in our daily, freshly made pastas, mozzarella cheese, and our scrumptious homemade desserts. We even make our Italian ice cream and sorbet daily. At Mama Mia Trattoria, you'll find timeless favorites like chicken, veal, and eggplant parmigiana, handmade ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, gnocchi and countless other pastas, pizzas, chicken and seafood dishes, all made from scratch and cooked to perfection. Our dining room sparkles with over twenty crystal chandeliers and nearly fifty gilded mirrors. Our marble tables are reminiscent of those found in many Trattorias throughout Italy. With our dramatically tall ceilings, an entire wall of fourteen-foot tall windows, keep the dining room lively yet mysterious. The warm ambiance of rich red, green, gold and black decor beckons diners to relax and savor the brilliant flavors of Italian cooking served in a luxurious yet Portland-esque casual atmosphere. The rich, black granite bar is a perfect spot for one of our delicious signature cocktails, many made with our own house-infused spirits. Both the sixty-inch and forty-inch high-definition televisions are the perfect place to watch your favorite sporting events while you sit back and relax. Our entire food menu is served throughout the day at the most comfortable bar in downtown Portland. Our location, the historic Waldo Building, built in 1886, is easily visible on one of the most traveled corners in Downtown Portland at the intersection of SW Washington Street and 2nd Avenue, just feet away from great shopping at Pioneer Place, the waterfront, mass transit and some of the most visited attractions in downtown. So plan something special and meet your friends, family, and colleagues at Mama Mia Trattoria. Our old school Italian-American soul food, like that offered at the best restaurants in "Little Italy's" across the United States, will exceed your expectations. Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday: 04:00pm - 07:00pm Sunday: 04:00pm - 09:00pm
San Jose, California
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“Very good basic Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Nothing fancy but very good food. Bread is excellent. I had the manicotti. Sauce was a basic red sauce very similar to what you find in Italy ( I lived there for 3 years ). So if you were expecting a ragu, this is not it. Husband had the fresh mozzarella , waiter said it was house made. The small portion was big. I tasted it and it was very good. Husband wanted dessert and so we had the cannoli which was fantastic. Would I go back, yes. Service was also good.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We had reservations and were seated promptly by a great hostess. The bread was soooo good. Jonathan recommended the spinach risotto and it was excellent! The service was top notch and everyone was very attentive without being intrusive. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

There was a large group sitting close to our table and it was amazing to see how well the staff was able to provide the same excellent service to them as a small table of two.

Kudo's to Mama Mia's ALL of their staff for excellent service and attention to the smallest of details. Amazing meal and I can't wait to return.

  • Visited November 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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Denver, Colorado
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian restaurant in downtown Portland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

It was a Monday night when we were there, but we were taken care of even though not many customers were there. The wait staff was good, and the food was authentic tasting Italian. I should not have ordered the "Mama's Sunday gravy" since it was way too much meat, but if you like lots of meat and the variety, go for it! They were accomodating to my daughter's wanting to change her sauce on the gnocchi. The wine list was nice and a good value. The room was cozy and comfortable.

Visited October 2012
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Bethesda, Maryland
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good Italian food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Good fresh pasta (though it is not made in the restaurant) and sauces. Easy walk from the Hotel Modera.

Visited October 2012
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Oh my what can I say but Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Truly Italian. Ordered Lasagna and Cesar salad both were great. Large servings. Worth a visit! Very quaint restaurant in downtown Portland!

Visited October 2012
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