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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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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars 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
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2 of 5 stars 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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2 of 5 stars 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
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3 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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3 of 5 stars 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 

Thank dstew
Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

An original family run place. Service very good and they care about the quality and customer satisfaction. Great choice of lunch options and bakery items. Try it.

Thank JP070766
Phoenix, Arizona
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30 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

This place is the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of restaurants. Visited 2 times in 2 days. Visit #1: Saw online they had gluten free pasta and decided to give them a try. Meal #1: Regular breadsticks=soft and delicious, surprise of they offer gluten free breadsticks=amazing best ever, so good questioned if they were gluten free, chicken masala with fettuccini=very... More 

Thank LBJ66
Suzy2041, Guest Relations Manager at Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

We are very sorry to learn about the inconsistency of your visits. We would like to invite you back to the restaurant, please call and ask for chef Michael. He would like to address these issues with you. If he is not there when you call please leave a number for him to call you back. Thank you for your... More 

Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Excellent food, service, atmosphere. Truly outstanding in all respects with good prices. Close to the Air Force Base. Good parking, access to several main streets in Tucson.

Thank Sherryperkins42
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

The folks that own this restaurant have faithfully maintained the decor and the delicious food. Today we had the pasta bar and in a word "DELICIOUS". It includes the very extensive salad bar, soup ( Italian Wedding or Minestrone ) and several types of Pasta. Located on South Craycroft, this family restaurant is a pure delight.

Thank Paul G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $31
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, 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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Goldens Bridge, New York
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?