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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
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Baltimore, Maryland
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 22 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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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 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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269 reviews
197 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 

Thank retdeltee
Tucson Az, United States
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157 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We were looking forward to a good Italian meal that we were assured was good, and were very disappointed. The spaghetti we had was almost tasteless, the salad bar had mainly unusual lettuce, and the bread had the taste of plain bread, no butter, no garlic, no spices at all. The restaurant was HIGHLY understaffed, and the two waiters, one... More 

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Nolensville, TN
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105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

My wife and I love the traditional Italian food - Joe's special, Shrimp Guiseppi - never disappoints. Family atmosphere, salad bar and a great bar. Prices are reasonable and servings are generous.

Thank 2CanStan
Savannah GA
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307 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The pasta bar looked great, each portion is made individually with house made sauce. My Grinder was very good, served on nicely crunchy bread with a good amount of meat and served with excellently seasoned fries. They get busy at lunch so plan for a bit of a wait occasionally.

Thank dolomoto
Key West, Florida
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10 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I tried this restaurant because it was close to Davis-Montham AFB and I was tired after a very long day. Based on the reviews I was prepared for a really wonderful meal. Unfortunately that is not what I received. I ordered the Linguini and Clam pasta, gluten-free with a side of Wedding soup. The best that could be said about... 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?