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“A dump with a snooty attitude!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 2,339 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Indianapolis, IN
1 review
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“A dump with a snooty attitude!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2009

If you like eating bad food in an old house where the staff acts as though they are doing you a favor allowing you to eat there......then you'll love it. I wouldn't eat there again if they opened a restaurant in my kitchen.

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port charlotte
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“my favorite italian rest. anywhere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2009

you have to try the shrimp fettucini alfredo, my fav. the perfect place to take a date, special occasion, or just to enjoy the best italian food i've ever had

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Indianapolis, IN
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“Great for a date or with friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2009

After having a great experience once again at Mama Carolla's, I feel compelled to extol its virtues on TripAdvisor. This restaurant consistently offers very good to outstanding authentic Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. I personally love the chicken rigatoni, but it's hard to go wrong when ordering. The atmosphere varies somewhat depending on which room you end up in (the restaurant used to be an actual residence), but is generally casual, romantic and cozy. We had dinner last night by candlight on one of the outside verandas and had a wonderful time. I've also eaten here multiple times with small gatherings and have never been disappointed. Mama Carolla's has become one of my favorite restaurants in Indy because of it's consistently high caliber food and ambiance. Given that it's usually crowded, many others apparently feel the same way.

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2 Thank owldog
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Didn't like the food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2009

I order a pasta dish and didn't like the taste at all. Too much cheese and did not taste authentic. The hostess who seated us gave us the crapiest seats in the restaurant, and thank goodness my date spoke up and we were seated somewhere better by another hostess. Perhaps it was the assistant manager. I don't know what all the hype is about this being the best restaurant but I sure won't go again!

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“Excellent food, drinks, service, and atmosphere...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2009

Probably my second favorite Italian in Indy after Enrico's. The gorgonzolla pasta is great as is the clam sauce. The wife loves the key lime martinis and service has always been solid. Only downside is no reservations and the wait for a table can sometimes be quite long.

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