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Reviewed July 24, 2021 via mobile

I was not impressed with this restaurant. I went off of the reviews and the fact that it was located close to our hotel. The restaurant definitely needs some TLC. I highly recommend replacing the old and smelly carpet with something other than carpet. I’m...assuming it’s the carpet that gave it an off putting smell. Not what you expect when walking into an Italian restaurant. Our server was great and very attentive. He also provided us guidance on what to offer and gave great suggestions. We had the focaccia but it seemed old and dry. It was not fresh and hot. We ordered the Manila clams as an appetizer. They were good but not outstanding. They lacked something. I think having a good dipping bread would’ve helped. My husband ordered the manicotti and add sausage per the suggestion of our server. He liked it but it too was just average. It was a huge serving of 4 stuffed manicotti’s. I ordered the cioppino and it was good but not outstanding. I’m accustomed to it being a little different. This one had a sauce that was more like a spaghetti sauce. There was lots of seafood and they were cooked tender, not over done. There wasn’t much of a seafood taste to it. If you’re looking for the classic version this isn’t it. If you are ok with a quick version this will be just fine. I had to ask for bread to sop up the sauce as it came with only 2 very small toasted points. The last dish was fettuccine and chicken was added per suggestion of our server. Our daughter seemed to love it. We finished the meal of with desserts. Our daughter ordered the cannoli and said it was good but a little different than what she was used to. We were told the shells are made in house. I unfortunately did not have a bite. I ordered the chocolate flourless cake with the homemade raspberry sorbet. It was good. The sorbet was wonderful. I wish they hadn’t added chocolate sauce on too of it as it was not needed, especially with the richness of the cake. All in all this was not a bad choice but definitely did not reflect the quality we were expecting from the reviews.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 9, 2021

Had an enjoyable time eating fried mozzarella, spaghetti and meatballs, and lasagna. Many other options were on the menu but we went traditional and enjoyed every bite.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed March 9, 2021

Terrific, authentic italian dinner. Tables were well spaced out and service was excellent. Location is right downtown - not far from the river. Space is beautiful - especially the chandeliers.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed October 17, 2020

We decided to take the 14 minute walk here. Streets near the area were FULL of drunkies and crazy people. Maybe you should drive. Other then the location, the food and service was amazing. Some of the best Italian I’ve had in a while. Would...recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 14, 2020

Our meal consisted of four different items and every one of them was well seasoned, hot and plentiful. Since we love leftovers, I was thrilled there would be a wonderful meal for us the next day.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed February 14, 2020 via mobile

Four of us had dinner, appetizers calamari, garlic bread and salads came out in 5 minutes, which was surprisingly fast, made me wonder if the calamari was pre-cooked and warned prior to serving. I had the gnocchi with bolognese. Though these were supposed to be...fresh, pan searing them made them very dense and stiff, sort of the opposite of what I would expect. The sauce meat was OK, but it was not hot in temperature so it was not enjoyable over-all. Thr other 3 diners didn't make any comments about their dishes so I took that to mean that they were unremarkable. Not likely to come back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

Cool old world ambience. My seafood pasta was A-mazing. Typically with that sort of dish I end up with all my seafood gone and a big bowl of pasta left. Had the opposite experience here. There was so much seafood I couldn't eat it all...and each piece was extraordinarily well-prepared and seasoned. And the amaretto cheesecake made by their in-house pastry chef? Just.... Wow. Our server Nick was very helpful and attentive and made us feel completely welcome. Downtown Portland is expensive in general but this place is a good value for what they serve. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Restaurant ambiance was beutifull Food was amazing.Service was wonderful.Would definitely suggest to not miss this establishment.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 16, 2019

This has been my go-to choice once a week for lunch for over a year now. I've surveyed the menu and everything is truly delicious. They even have a great off-menu Caprese Salad that is really good. Its location doesn't afford it much foot traffic,...but it is well worth the walk one block east towards the riverfront.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed September 28, 2019

You might look in on this restaurant from the street and think it's "an Italian restaurant for TV." Don't be fooled. Despite the old-school red velvet curtains and baroque details, despite the too-good-to-be-true location, this is not a set for a Vincent Price TV special,...it's a real Italian restaurant serving fresh, deliciously prepared meals. The price-quality ratio is excellent. The service was superb.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Response from Lorraine J | Reviewed this property |
We had no problem parking across the street.
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Response from TSKtraveling | Reviewed this property |
This restaurant has the room to host your group; however I don't know if they do functions. Good to ring them directly and have a chat. Good luck!
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Mama Mia Trattoria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4