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“Very Nice Canneloni and Thin Crust Pizza” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mama's Meatball

Mama's Meatball
570 Higuera Street, Suite 130 - 135, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
+1 805-544-0861
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse, Pizza
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Nipomo St.
Description: Mama's Meatball offers authentic, homemade Italian dining & catering, Our chef cultivates and harvest most of the organic produce to be used in our menu from our garden's rich soil. The idea of a garden in the city is fascinating and it allows us to keep in constant contact with nature while providing with a true Farm-to-Table experience. Furthermore, we are committed to preserve the land and its resources by providing agricultural produce, fishery and cattle livestock that adhere to strict sustainability practices. All poultry, fish, beef, and pork are sourced locally and must be, free range, organic, non-hormone treated. Just as Chef Nicola wants to pay respect to the culinary history of Italy, he is solid in his commitment to respect our land and water, with conscious usage of the resources available
Penticton, Canada
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very Nice Canneloni and Thin Crust Pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

My husband and I both ordered the canneloni. Tasted like it was homemade, We appreciated that we could each have a half order which was plenty for us. The pizzas ordered by other customers looked so good that we took one with us to enjoy later. Beautiful thin crust but a little light on the toppings. Will definitely go back!

Visited November 2012
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Atascadero, California
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Small but good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The food in this restaurant is tasty. The meatballs are what you would expect since that is the name. Mama makes good meatballs.
The restaurant is small but cozy. The noise level can be excessive but that's o.k The cannoli is tasty so the noise doesn't matter.
Prices are steep on some items so one needs to pick and choose if on a budget. We will go back.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Santa Maria, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The food at Mama's Meatball is so delicious! All of the food is made to order. They have two sizes of plates, small and regular. The small size portion is perfect for lighter eaters and the regular is perfect for those with big appetites. The pastas, salads, pizzas and sandwiches are all very good at a fair price.
Their online website is very well laid out, you can even reserve a table online. Also, you have the option to order your food for pick-up at a specific time if you'd prefer to take it to go.
Make a reservation or be sure to come early on a Friday or weekend night or you might be waiting for a table for a while.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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los angeles
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A great find!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We were in the area for Thanksgiving and decided to come here for dinner. A quick drive from Pismo Beach where we were staying. The restaurant is small, about a dozen tables in total. When we arrived at our reservation time, there was 1 table open, the place stayed filled the entire time we were there. Everything we ordered was very good - pasta carbonara, lamb shank, and spaghetti meatball. No hesitation to eat here if we are in the area again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Why a surprise? I LOVED the Vodka Sauce even though I rarely order tomato-based sauces. You can ask for it on any of the pastas.

Mama is in the back of a courtyard on the right. From the street you would never know it's there.

GOOD
The small rolls are very tasty, so be sure to save stomach room for your meal.

BAD
Restrooms are outside ... on a cold stormy night this is inconvenient

OBSERVATION
The service can be slow - the staff is friendly, so we just enjoyed the opportunity for a long conversation.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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