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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

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2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622 (29th Street)
+1 520-790-4702
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Nolensville, TN
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I love the traditional Italian food - Joe's special, Shrimp Guiseppi - never disappoints. Family atmosphere, salad bar and a great bar. Prices are reasonable and servings are generous.

Thank 2CanStan
Savannah GA
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305 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The pasta bar looked great, each portion is made individually with house made sauce. My Grinder was very good, served on nicely crunchy bread with a good amount of meat and served with excellently seasoned fries. They get busy at lunch so plan for a bit of a wait occasionally.

Thank dolomoto
Key West, Florida
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I tried this restaurant because it was close to Davis-Montham AFB and I was tired after a very long day. Based on the reviews I was prepared for a really wonderful meal. Unfortunately that is not what I received. I ordered the Linguini and Clam pasta, gluten-free with a side of Wedding soup. The best that could be said about... More 

Thank Herthing1
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great selection of menu items with a variety for every persons favorite choice. We have been dining there since 1982 and usually do at least one or two visits per month. The lunch menu is very reasonable and the dinner is also below average for the meal you receive. Outstanding salad bar selections and a light eater can decline and... More 

Thank Fred F
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Dined at Mama Louisa's last night and it did not disappoint. Our server was kind, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. We started with a delicious bruschetta and pizza. The bruschetta was served on a loaf of oven toasted garlic bread with a combination of vine ripened tomatoes, bell peppers, cheese and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. A must have!!... More 

Thank jrat27
Atlanta, Georgia
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I had an early dinner so the salad bar was a bit weathered. The food was good but from my friend's recommendation, I was expecting something a little more special. Had the veal parm. Pasta was way over cooked. However, the staff was great. In hind sight, I would do Olive Garden and I usually stay away from the chains... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Visited here for lunch with a group of friends. First time since many years ago when it was one of the best places in town for pasta and salad. The world has changed in the meantime and so has Mama Louisa's. For the worse. The problem was not the service but rather preparation and quality of food. I chose the... More 

Thank Rich G
North Palm Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

The staff was super friendly and the food was good. It's an older place. I believe they are celebrating 60 years. Good value for price of food.

Thank sanpbi
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We thought we had a discount for this place and were in the area. turned out we didn't but that was OK as they had a pasta/salad bar for the lunch and that's what we had. Good pasta bar-ista with interesting stories to tell while you waited for him to prepare your dish. Everything was very good and well prepared.... More 

Thank lindadudley
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102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

We visited because of some local reviews, but we did not find the quality as good as we expected. This is ok italian food but not great. I think its the sauce. We just weren't blown over by it. The salad bar was good, the breadsticks were ok. They didn't know how to make expresso and had to find someone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $31
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622
    (29th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-790-4702
Mama Louisa's Italian restaurant has been a fixture on the Tucson dining scene since 1956. We serve fresh pasta and house made sauces using the freshest ingredients. Monday through Saturday from 11 AM till 2 PM we offer our famous all you can eat pasta, soup, and salad bar. Enjoy various types of pasta, a wide variety of sauces, and a large salad bar filled with fresh toppings. Our menu offers a wide range of Italian favorites from lasagna, manicotti, fettuccini alfredo, veal parmesan, pizza's and of course our signature pasta dish Joe's Special. Enjoy our updated bar area with TV's, local and craft beer on draft, creative cocktails, and a diverse and affordable wine list.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?