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Mama's Cucina Italiana

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Pala Casino, 11154 HWY 76, Pala, CA 92059
(760) 510-5100 before 5:00 pm, (760) 510-4541 after 5:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Bellflower, California
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015

Replaced by The Cave. Mama's Cucina Italiana is no longer at the Pala Casino. Several new restaurant offerings at the casino. I have not tried The Cave with its large wine offerings because I do not drink. The lounge looks lovely.

Thank JudyBellflower
Pasadena, California
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2015

Food was delicious and the service was fantastic, this is probably the best kept secret for Italian for in Southern California. Chef Luciano really knows how to do it!!

Thank NicolaP2222
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Mama's is closed. So if ur coming here for pasta don't. It is now called Cave. It's a restaurant, lounge and wine cave. Apparently the same chef is still employed here. I ate at Cave tonight and enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere. They still have some pasta on the menu but it is limited. Cave has an open kitchen and... More 

Thank GeeRuss
Murrieta, California
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215 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is our favorite lasagna ever! It has tender meat with an excellent sauce that is not overpowering with a tomato flavor. We eat there every time we go to Pala. The service and the atmosphere are wonderful.

1 Thank kaj20
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2014

We are surprised how clean the restaurant nice enviroment friendly staff. Great restaurant..5star.. Excellent food.

Thank lilly721
Vista, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2014

I won't put the entire experience, but I just wanted to give a couple bullet points to our experience. -Ceiling leaking all over our table. -Offered appetizers they chose as compensation (one being seafood although only 2 out of 9 people ate seafood) All apps were cleared basically untouched. -Horrible server! He couldn't describe the menu items to us, kept... More 

Thank Charlene-james M
Huntington Beach, California, United States
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415 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2014

Located in the Pala Casino and Resort this is a hidden gem. They make their pasta fresh everyday and you can certainly taste the difference. We started with the Salmon-Halibut Carpaccio appetizer that was excellent. I then selected the Spaghetti with Mama's Meatball. Our server warned me it was large and he was right. It was the size of a... More 

Thank Don H
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

Ask for Tiffany! She is spectacular! While they have a huge menu, we asked for something off the menu and she said she would have them make us anything we wanted. They really spoil you here...

1 Thank Skyler226
Los Angeles, California
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149 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

With many choices, delicious aromas and nice ambience, this restaurant is a favorite of hotel guests and locals alike looking for a great Italian restaurant. Can be a little pricey for the budget-conscious.

Thank SilverLake2TheWorld
Anaheim, California
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014

Mrs likes this restaurant located in the Pala Casino Resort. We went here as part of a Pala Casino "Celebration Package". We had $50 to use & we used it all. Mrs ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese & I ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo con Pollo, but both pastas looked the same(?), sort of like the wavy edge of a Lasagna noodle.... More 

Thank Gregor S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pala Casino, 11154 HWY 76, Pala, CA 92059
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pala
  • Phone Number: (760) 510-5100 before 5:00 pm, (760) 510-4541 after 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?