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“A Newport Favorite”

Mamma Luisa Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 243 Restaurants in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Mamma Luisa's is a Newport institution beloved by locals and visitors alike. Set in an old multi-story house, it feels like a visit to grandma's house with luscious aromas greeting you at the door. The food is well-prepared, a broad selection of wines (favoring Italian of course) are offered, and desserts are satisfying. The menu includes a vegetarian listing. This time we had the Zuppa Pesche and the Garganelli al Ragu Vegetariano. We also love the Spaghetti Carbonara, Bombette Pomodoro e Rucola, and Ravioli Di Zucca. The amaretti semifreddo was a lovely light ending. I also love the selection of sorbets while my husband favors the tiramisu. Espresso, cappuccino, and other coffees are also on offer. Mamma Luisa's is always high on the must-do lists of many of our visitors. It's always a pleasure to facilitate those desires!

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Had another wonderful meal at Mamma Luisa. The food is fantastic and it has a wonderfully warm and romantic atmosphere. It is a cut above the average Italian restaurant.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Not to be missed if you visit Newport and are looking for a nice dinner. Mamma's is centrally located on Thames St. Ina beautiful old building with tons of character. You will be transported back in time as you sit in this old, beautifully decorated home with tasteful Italian mementos throughout, and smaller size dining rooms that provide a beautifully quaint setting.
We visited with another couple, both having traveled frequently to Italy, and one born there. They loved it as much as we did ... Great mix of pasta, vegetable and meat dishes, all beautifully prepared and served.
We are already looking forward to our next visit! Bravo!!!

Thank CEKing
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

although the food was good, out waiter great, our welcome and departure were less than our expectations!! three of the waitstaff and the owner basically ignored us when we entered...
not because they were busy...but i guess the think they are SO good...they tend to forget they are in the service industry !!! the least the owner (who was standing by the "bar" watching us leave)
could have said something to us...maybe how was everything...or thanks for coming in !!!

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Thank artbon
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I'm not sure where the negative reviews come from. The food was spectacular. The pastas were cooked perfectly, the entrees were flavorful and even though Im not a big sweet eater the desserts were spectacular. It's located in an old house at the far end of Thames Street away from the shopping and is decorated to match - interesting tchachkes all over the walls rather than sleek and minimalist. If I had to find a negative, it would be that the waiter seemed overstretched. All in all, I look forward to having my next meal at Mamma Luisa's soon.

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Thank J F
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