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“Cool little diner in the college area of town”
Review of Joe Mama's Italian Deluxe - CLOSED

Joe Mama's Italian Deluxe
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Oakland
Louisville, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Cool little diner in the college area of town”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Right down the street from Pitt University, this is a 50s style diner serving Italian dishes. This is a great little place staffed by the local college students in a highly occupied area of town. Many restaurants and activities around this area to do. Paid parking is going to happen here, so you might as well figure that in to your visit. The restaurant includes photos of many visitors all signed. Framed around the idea of Joe, who is serving his Mama's best Italian cooking. We were pleased with the meals here. Waitress recommended pizza and spaghetti and meatballs, but we went with more "grown up" meals. Salad included with out meals and was very good with their house Italian. Everything was cooked perfectly and came out hot and quick. Service was friendly, and responsive. This is not a light meal, so be prepared for a afternoon walk at the nearby Phipps Conservatory to use some of the carbs up you just ate. Would recommend a good meal for anyone of any age here.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“I will miss it when we don't have to go to Pittsburgh anymore”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We have dined here many times for the past 5 years well our son was at CMU. On move in weekend we ate here 3 times. Every time we dropped him off for the year or picked him up to bring him home we always made the effort to eat here, including bringing along his roommates. This time was no exception even on graduation weekend we were able to get in. The food was great as usual. The waitress was very good and attentive. Although each of us tend to get the same thing each time, it is very consistent, enjoyable. Italian food done very well, Penna Sausage, 4 cheese ravioli and so much more.
Thank you to Joe Mama's for giving us a place to enjoy so far from home.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jerry M
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Basking Ridge
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good italian food and fine service”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Location and close parking. Wide range of menu items. Large room accommodated the whole family and the food came out at the same time.

Visited May 2013
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Thank MargeBR
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South East PA
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

4 years ago when we dropped my son off at PITT we ate here. We were not impressed. This past weekend we were at PITT for his graduation and my daughter a freshman at PITT was eating there with friends and texted us that it was really good this night. So we went. There were 7 of us. We had drinks, appetizers, and dinner. It was one of the best dinners I have had in a while. My sisters from NJ and MD also agreed. The house salad was fresh and the dressing was really good. We got the calamari excellent. Everyone loved their food. PLUS, it is cheap. You can find a meal with salad for like $10. Amazing.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank BerksPADad
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West Fargo, North Dakota
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Excellent meal, great atmosphere”
Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

This was the best meal we had in Pittsburgh. The chicken Parmesan was amazing, service was fast, prices reasonable. They have done a great job with the decor-we thought the restaurant had been there since the 30's, but apparently it's only a few years old. Salad comes family style, crisp and fresh. The only downside is that their meatballs are VERY heavy on the onions. If you love onions, you'll be thrilled.

I highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely go back if we are ever in Pittsburgh again.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Karn J
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