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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622
+1 520-790-4702
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
12:00 pm - 8:00 pmAll hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our favorite home style Italian restaurant in Tucson. Been going there for 40 years, still delicious. Love Joe's special.

Thank Carole B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The four of us had an early dinner on Saturday night. I was really looking forward to homemade pasta and that is the source of my disappointment. The linguini was gummy and overlooked. Second disappointment was the eggplant parmigiana. While the sauce was tasty the...More

Thank Priya81144
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner at Mama Louisa's. Spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and cannoli for dessert...delicious just like your mom would make! We had a wonderful conversation with Joe the owner. He told us all of the recipes came from his Mom! I love...More

Thank Instafotom
Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

We eat here regularly and have never had a bad meal. The menu is short and they concentrate on preparing things well. If you like spicy try anything Joe's Special. Sorry a couple of malcontents were not happy. Some people just can't be pleased.

2  Thank Peter W
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Friendly greeting. Seated and offered yummy bread sticks and nice wine by the glass selection with many Italian reds to choose from. Decided on Mamma's Combo. Really nice red sauce. Rachael was the server and did fine job. Also met Michael the​ owner, hard working...More

Thank Bill N
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

I made a reservation with the Open Table app, for a table for two for 1 o'clock on Mother's Day. We arrived at the restaurant, which was very busy a few minutes early. We were promptly seated at a nice table in the corner of...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed May 8, 2017

What made me want to try this place for my birthday dinner was their making their own pasta. What they call linguini is actually angel hair pasta...so over cooked that you cannot pull it apart with two forks! The mariana sauce is just tomato paste,...More

Thank jabaileydc
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

On the recommendation of TripAdvisor reviewers, my wife and I decided to take the drive out to Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant while visiting Tucson on a mini-golf trip. When we pulled into the parking lot, the restaurant looked rough around the edges (hole in the...More

Thank Roger C
Reviewed May 5, 2017

this is by far the worst Italian restaurant in Tucson the pasta was so over cooked it was mush. I had to chase down the server thee times to place my order, get my food and fill my water glass do not wast your time...More

Thank jamesthiers
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

Sweet little Italian restaurant with great food. In business for 61 years so they must be doing something right. Cozy, good service, nice little bar. Highly recommend!

Thank 533susan
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Questions & Answers
July 18, 2017|
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Response from Thesaguaro | Reviewed this property |
Definitely Southern.
Lynn A
February 25, 2016|
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Response from Suzy2041 | Property representative |
Yes, we absolutely still have Chicken Tuscany on the menu. Hope to see you soon.
December 29, 2015|
Response from Suzy2041 | Property representative |
Yes we do. Also our dressing are now all house made.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
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
  • E-mail
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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