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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” (18 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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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not a whole lot off atmosphere to this long time southern Tucson favorite. It makes up for it though with large portions of Old style Italian dishes and desserts. Whatever you choose for a main course, be sure to save room for dessert.

Thank Errol A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Hadn't been here in years but one of my family members has celiac and found out they have gluten free pasta so it was a must when she was here. I'd forgotten how good it is. the restaurant has been there a long time and...More

Thank EnjoyTraveling64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I asked for the spaghetti meatballs and I felt that, the meatballs were a tad salty. Just plain red sauce, nothing out of the ordinary. My bf asked for Joe's special, he commented it was ok. I don't think the food covered my crave for...More

Thank Karla P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here because it was close to my hotel. The parking lot was full so I assumed it must be pretty good. Only confusing is that half the tables were "reserved" so everyone that walked in had to wait 20-30 minutes for a table....More

Thank travelwriter52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner-in-dine and I had always wanted to try out Mama Louisa's - The Original. We finally stepped into the world of Italian-American cuisine "Tucson-style" one warm Saturday afternoon. The place was pretty quiet after the lunch rush hour. I was impressed with the vivid...More

Thank Achie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two weeks ago we decided to treat ourselves to Italian, and settled on Mama Louisa's. The food was perfect and the waitress exceptionally nice, and competent. We had not been there in 25 years and couldn't remember why we stopped going because this was truly...More

Thank TucsonRLS
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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
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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.
Elinor B
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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