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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
+1 317-259-9412
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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148 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We LOVE Mama Carolla's!!! Their lasagna is the best I have ever had, it melts in your mouth! We also order chicken Parmesan and it was great! They make all their pastas. The Italian wedding soup is delicious!! We always try to get their right when it opens, it fills up fast, but is worth the wait!! We will return,... More 

Thank danamarie31
Wakarusa, Indiana
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We finally got a chance to visit Mama Carolla's this weekend...and we Loved everything about it. The building is beautiful and nicely decorated inside. While waiting in the bar, we had a couple Sangrias, which were delicious! The food was nothing short of Fantastic. One of the best pasta/Italian meals we have ever had. The service was attentive without being... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely a must go to spot, if you enjoy Italian food or you enjoy eating at truly local restaurants and support the community. The staff was accommodating to our large party and the food was delicious.

Thank Jason J
Cincinnati, Ohio
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86 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off, as an Italian, I kept hearing about how good this place was, and everytime I was in that part of Indianapolis (Broad Ripple), it wasn't open. When I arrived, the back door of the place was wide open, and I don't mean like just to let people in the door. It was kept open for more than a... More 

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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here on business a few times and it never disappoints. My favorite dish is the veal saltimboca. Apps are all great too. Servers are all friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

Thank derica2013
Mountainhome, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I relied on the reviews here to choose this place as an alternative to the pricey downtown places. I've dined in them all, so missing St. Elmo's, Harry & Izzy's, etc. with their high prices and noisy crowds was no disappointment. I wanted something different to take a party of 7 out to dinner. It was a cinch to get... More 

Thank Karl S
Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Hence the title, my complete family and I went out to Mama Carolla's to celebrate my 16th birthday, and the experience was certainly worthy of an excellent review. Beginning with the atmosphere, it had an older, more historic feel to it, with non-contemporary paintings on the plaster walls. Christmas lights were strung across the windows, and each individual "dining room"--the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent experience. Waiting a few minutes on a very crowded Saturday evening means wonderful conversation with date (husband). We are repeat customers. Wonderful as always. Linguini with clams is divine. Simply divine. Great service.

Thank Melissa B
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Husband & I arrived at 5:30PM Saturday evening,the place was full. Seating for two was immediate, server was efficient. In spite of the crowd we had plenty of time to make the 8:00 curtain at Clowes Hall. They serve a huge number of people in a very short time. Parties of four were in for an hour and a half... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This is a lovely restaurant nestled in an old home on the Monon Trail. In the summer the sounds of Frank Sinatra mingle with the scents of roses in bloom as you dine under the stars. In winter, there's a cozy fireplace in the main hall and romantic music playing as you settle into a table for two in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?