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Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622
+1 520-790-4702
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“homemade pasta” (17 reviews)
“breadsticks” (14 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622
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1 - 10 of 221 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Mama Louis’s has been around for over 25 years and still serves items from back then. They are an old time red sauce restaurant. Service was friendly. Food adequate.

Thank abarasol
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The server was slow and lazy, the food was bad, and the ambiance was drab. Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but this is the worst Italian restaurant I have been to.

1  Thank Freddy62
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Hadn't been to this restaurant in some years, so thought we would make the drive across town. The chef recently won a city wide award. Had the lasagna. Was pretty good. A bit salty. Large enough portion to take some home. The shrimp scampi was...More

1  Thank monica h
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Our favorite home style Italian restaurant in Tucson. Been going there for 40 years, still delicious. Love Joe's special.

Thank Carole B
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

The four of us had an early dinner on Saturday night. I was really looking forward to homemade pasta and that is the source of my disappointment. The linguini was gummy and overlooked. Second disappointment was the eggplant parmigiana. While the sauce was tasty the...More

1  Thank Priya81144
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner at Mama Louisa's. Spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and cannoli for dessert...delicious just like your mom would make! We had a wonderful conversation with Joe the owner. He told us all of the recipes came from his Mom! I love...More

1  Thank Instafotom
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We eat here regularly and have never had a bad meal. The menu is short and they concentrate on preparing things well. If you like spicy try anything Joe's Special. Sorry a couple of malcontents were not happy. Some people just can't be pleased.

2  Thank Peter W
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Friendly greeting. Seated and offered yummy bread sticks and nice wine by the glass selection with many Italian reds to choose from. Decided on Mamma's Combo. Really nice red sauce. Rachael was the server and did fine job. Also met Michael the​ owner, hard working...More

Thank Bill N
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I made a reservation with the Open Table app, for a table for two for 1 o'clock on Mother's Day. We arrived at the restaurant, which was very busy a few minutes early. We were promptly seated at a nice table in the corner of...More

1  Thank Scott B
Reviewed 8 May 2017

What made me want to try this place for my birthday dinner was their making their own pasta. What they call linguini is actually angel hair pasta...so over cooked that you cannot pull it apart with two forks! The mariana sauce is just tomato paste,...More

1  Thank jabaileydc
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Questions & Answers
19 July 2017|
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Response from Thesaguaro | Reviewed this property |
Definitely Southern.
Lynn A
26 February 2016|
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Response from Suzy2041 | Property representative |
Yes, we absolutely still have Chicken Tuscany on the menu. Hope to see you soon.
30 December 2015|
Response from Suzy2041 | Property representative |
Yes we do. Also our dressing are now all house made.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$31
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2041 S Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ 85711-6622
    (29th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-790-4702
  • E-mail
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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