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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
+1 317-259-9412
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
17:00 - 21:30All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
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Reviewed yesterday

Located south of Broad Ripple off 54th and College. Excellent mostly southern Italian food. The salad was great, served with oil-based or creamy Italian dressing and delicious warm bread. The spaghetti was terrific, came in large portions, either with the bolognese sauce and meat balls...More

Thank kidneymd
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have been to Mama Carolla's restaurant 4 times. Every time we travel to Indy we eat there. We decided to try another Italian place but on our way we changed our minds and went here. We Re happy we did. We went on a...More

Thank jharris57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply put, it was one on the finest dining experiences I have ever had. The food, the service, the wine, the atmosphere......perfect 10's across the board! Every one that I dined with felt exactly the same.

Thank ohioyoungs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat outside on the beautiful patio. The food was fantastic. The wine (recommended by the server) was OK. The ambiance was wonderful. However, the service, was substandard. Not because things weren't done in a timely manner. It was the manner in which they were...More

Thank Rick E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a local treasure. Expect a wait any night of the week but especially on weekends. Don't worry, it is worth it. We eat here regularly and intend to visit 10 to 15 times a year.

Thank jasonmA5899QH
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Having read that this was rated the #1 romantic restaurant in ALL of Indiana, we had high expectations. It is a lovely setting. The gardens outside make for an excellent photo op which we took advantage of in documenting our day spent celebrating our anniversary....More

Thank 2011lovinitsteph
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Even though it was a busy night (prom season), we were seated right away. Our server was very attentive and our drinks and food arrived promptly.

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This lovely place was amazing! The garden we walked through to get into the building with outdoor seating was romantic and beautiful. The hostess who seated us was very friendly, We ate in an upstairs room, very cozy. Our waitress was friendly, smiling and attentive...More

Thank donna f
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Very good service, waitress was awesome! Food was genuine Italian with all the amenities. The facility was a converted old residential home that had all the old world charm added.

Thank baty51
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Had heard great stuff about this "Romantic restaurant" but I was very disappointed. The waitress was indifferent. No smile. No enthusiasm. She was simply not interested in serving us. The food was not spectacular. The eggplant was too salty and tart because it had an...More

Thank Fulldistance
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We are coming into town for the DCI Championships and need a place for a large group of parents to get together for an early lunch on Friday August 12. Everyone would need to be on separate checks but would probably be a group of anywhere from 25-50 people. This is the first time we have all tried to get together so not sure just how many people will be able to make it. But we need a definite place and then can get a more accurate number. Is this something your restaurant could handle on a Friday?
31 July 2016|
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Response from Ronald N | Reviewed this property |
Since Mama Corolla's is not open for lunch you might consider the restaurants in the nearby section of Broad Ripple. There are numerous locations on the main drag that are open for lunch, have ample room for groups, and the... More
Can you accomodate a group of approximately 25-30? (volleyball team, coaches, chaperones and parents) It would be nice if the team of 10 girls could all sit together at one table.
1 March 2016|
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Response from Justin L | Property representative |
Hello, We have room that will seat up to 24. If the 10 girls wanted to be at one table and the parents and others wanted to be in another room, we could do that. When were you looking for the reservation?
Do u have a special menu this year for Valentine's Day and price aswell. I plan on attending on Friday the 12th do I need to plan to make reservations as I know sometimes u guys do this
11 February 2016|
Response from gold-vintner | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest that you call the restaurant. Valentine's Day is special.........and a good choice to impress your lady !!!! Sorry I do know their daily operations. Good luck !!!!!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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