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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

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2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711 (29th Street)
+1 520-790-4702
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am embarrassed to say that this was my first time at Mama Louisa's despite having spent a few decades in Tucson. Although a far drive from my home, I am so glad we ventured out of our local favorites on a quest for pasta for less than $20 a plate. As you walk in from the dirt lot, the... More 

Thank Vicki L
San Diego, Ca
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98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for a group. Can't beat good Italian with a salad bar! The restaurant can handle groups, You can have a salad bar and the prices are reasonable. Well worth the trip out to their restaurant.

Thank SanDiegobirdlady
Orange, CA
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150 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A co-worker recommended Mama Louisa's on Houghton. Had dinner - the chicken marsala with a side of alfredo was fantastic. Tossed salad and breadsticks were a perfect compliment to the meal. Wine list is a bit limited, but there are a few chianti selections. Service was exceptional.

Thank Melissa M
Mission Viejo, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved everything about this neighborhood gem. The antipasto plate was packed with delicious veggies meat cheese and olives. We chose an Italian wine that pleased all wine drinkers. All three pasta eaters were happy with their meals. Most satisfied of all was me, the gluten free eater. The pasta was delish, the marinara sauce outstanding and the topper an... More 

Thank Mariann K
Baltimore, Maryland
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Do not let the out side fool you - it has been around since the 1950's and while the inside needs updating the food is well worth going to. The service is good and the prices are reasonable for what you get

Thank agbcpa01
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Dinner on Christmas eve and it was excellent. Calamari with marinara was great. Crispy, salty and delish. Veal parm and chicken parm are pan sautéed not deep fried. Red gravy was home style and bery good. Now one of my Tucson favorites

Thank StopCallingMe S
Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

I've been going to Mama Louisa's since 1973 when the Elefante family took over the restaurant, having Joe's Special every time. It is a spicy tomato sauce over house-made linguine first topped with melted mozzarella cheese. The same family still runs the establishment in the same way so it is like visiting an old friend whenever I go. Enjoy!

Thank vince775
Waterloo, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A great big room for family and friends gathering in a favourite place. The atmosphere and service werexcellent.

Thank mrandmrsbab108
Rochester, New York
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94 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

33 years ago my husband proposed to me here, a lot has happened in those 33 years but one thing that has stayed the same is Mama Louisa. Good Italian food, good service, huge portions, nice wine options, big salad bar, comfortable seating and easy access. I would like to compliment the very patient employees who helped us with our... More 

Thank mcmomny
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199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Since our last visit in 2009, some things changed and some things haven't! The 2 bread sticks still have no taste and are still served without butter. They smell suspiciously previously frozen, too. The salad bar hasn't changed; it is still a mixture of bagged or canned vegetables and commercially bottled bressings and condiments. Their Manhatten recipe has changed; for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$31
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2041 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711
    (29th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-790-4702
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.

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