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“Charming Old Fashioned Italian Food”

Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant
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Ranked #162 of 2,048 Restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $15 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 29th Street
Description: 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.
Reviewed July 6, 2013

The menu is basic and the place is a little dated and dark but this place has its own charm and a really great wait staff. I liked the Italian wedding soup and linguine with white clam sauce is quite good. I believe the linguine is homemade. The soup and salad bar is also pretty good. sauces are basic home cooking. Nothing earth shattering but good comfort food.

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Thank SDLightpainter
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We have dined at Mama Louisa ‘s Italian Restaurant on a number of occasions. Although we always enjoyed our prior dining experiences, our most recent dinner was somewhat disappointing. Although the soup, salad bar and wine were excellent, complimented by a friendly and efficient server, our disappointment stemmed from the very dull, bland, and uninspiring pasta sauce. Not sure what happened to the sauce; perhaps the chef had an “off night” or simply forgot to include a key ingredient . Nonetheless, it was basically tasteless, negatively affecting the entire pasta dish. We made mention to the server that the sauce was extremely bland; her response was that it is the same sauce they have always served…..I beg to differ, as we have dined at Mama Louisa’s on numerous occasions and never had sauce that tasted so bland.

I’ll give the restaurant a mulligan on this occasion due to our past positive dining experiences, trusting that the chef simply had an "off night.”

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Mama Louisa's is a family owned restaurant for many years. My wife and I arrived early for their specials. We had a full salad bar, soup and choice of homemade pastas, many other pasta options, and choice of several different meats - sausage, meat balls, chicken etc., several different sauces including alfredo. Service was very good. The special for the above was $8.25. Hard to beat the specials.

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Thank Bob W
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Great service. Good selection. Charming interior. Good value for price. Been here twice. All meals were really tasty.Will return soon.

Thank irispike
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

An old fashioned restaurant. It was fun to try Italian wedding soup, which was great! It's a neighborhood type place, not fancy, & very busy on a Friday night. Hearty food, & was pleasantly surprised when I took a shot in the dark for a red wine & ordered a glass of Malbec from Argentina, & it was delicious! And only $6.50! I didn't want the angel hair pasta with my veal scallopini & the overworked Hungarian waitress was most agreeable to change it.

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Thank cabocathie
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