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From the Wine Spectator Award to "Best Italian Restaurant" from Zagat, Mama Ricotta's Italian Restaurant brings to life the award-winning vision of owner Frank Scibelli. With a long, proud reputation built on authentic recipes, made from the freshest of ingredients and prepared by the finest culinary minds in the South, Mama Ricotta's restaurant is the premier Italian dining destination in Charlotte. "Upscale homestyle" is our style, and we love to bring it to you, again and again. Begin your adventure with a warm Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Dip served with grilled crostini, and then move into the warm freshness of our Penne Alla Vodka, tossed in a spicy cream tomato sauce. Or, let the subtle flavors of our Pollo Carciofi delight even your most discriminating of tastes. Our commitment to freshness is one of our most valued traditions - we even house-make our mozzarella! With nearly two decades of success, we've made it our goal to bring you only the best, with our best.

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Extra Phones

Phone: (704) 377-7461

Primary Phone: (704) 343-0155

Phone: (704) 343-0155

Fax: (704) 377-7461

Fax: (704) 343-0148

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all major credit cards
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Kings Pointe Shopping Ctr
Dilworth, Cherry
Italian Restaurants, Pizza, Take Out Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurant Delivery Service, Caterers, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Good For Groups: Yes

Parking: Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Delivery, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar, No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Affordable Italian

The prices are great and the service is good. We are are fans of the lemon penne chicken.

They also offer family size dishes. We had friends in town and were able to split 3 family dishes between the 8 of us and still have left overs!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good service

I really liked the service. Very super service.
Excellent fast service, friendly staff and a lot of pleasant things.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent Italian Food

Really enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent food.

Wait Staff great attitude.

Would recommend to anyone who likes Italian food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
New Dessert Chef??

Well, we introduced a visiting couple to Mama's during CIAA week. The meal and salads were great as expected. The service was not the best as usual, but the server did have a large party in addiiton to us, so I will give her a pass. Our friends loved the food, which I an happy they did. We were full, yet couldn't resist ordering the bread pudding to-go ( big mistake!) Once we reached home and dug in, it did not taste all good and gooey as normal. We also did not get any gelato. The pudding had a caramel-like sauce instead of the butter sauce. Did you change chefs/ is this now how it's served??? If so, we just skip dessert. I was disappointed, but will continue to support this establishment.

Kelly Dempsey


Provided by Citysearch - 
The best cupcake EVER

I recently went to Mam Ricotta's for lunch with fellow was my first time. The bread prior to luch was OUTSTANDING. I ordered a chicken sandwhich with a salad and a gargonzla dressing (You know your at a nice place when they dont serve ranch dressing). My chicken sandwhich came out with no worries because the fries in the dressing were the best ever. I asked the manager could I have desert in lieu of my salad. He told me he was brining me a cupcake...I thought okay my kids will like that. Well this cupcake never made it home. The icing was pure choclate and the cake was choclate cake filled with a white cream. This was simply a piece of heaven! I hated that I shared it with my colleagues and not kept it all to myself. This is one restaurant I will defintely go back to and save room for dessert! Thanks it was the best.



Provided by Citysearch - 
sooooo yummy

we went here with some friends. it was a great Italian restaurant. my husband is italian and he loved it! we would go back and also reccommend it!



Good Service and Food

Very reasonable Italian! The service and food are always good. The individual portion sizes are big, so if you wanting an app and/or desert might want to split a meal.



Varied menu and wonderful food

Owned by the same fine people that own "Cantina 1511", their menu is unique with a bevy of staples. Warm atmosphere, very pleasant staff and reasonably priced. Try it, you'll be back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Charlottes best...

I cannot say enough good things about Mama Ricottas. My girlfriend and I live in South Carolina and drive up to Charlotte once every month or so just to go to this restaurant. Having dined here 20 times since I moved down here I will say its my absolute favorite restaurant in the area. The food is always excellent and the drinks are always great with great service in getting them to you. You never will leave thinking you paid too much... overall it is very reasonably priced with an great atmosphere. We met the owner once and he was very respectful and appreciative. I would recommend Mama Ricotta's to EVERYBODY! Everytime I go back the food is perfect and I really enjoy the rolls and olive oil served before the main course...

Clt Foodie


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Modern Take on Italian

This Place has excellent classic dishes, that you will enjoy. Lasagna, Penna ala Vodka, Chicken Parm, Pizza, Calamari.

Or try something new like butternut squash ravioali or Mamma Rigot's take on Cheese Dip appetizer...

There is NOTHING BAD on the menu.....

Go and Eat... Manja,... Enjoy!!!



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Best Service

I ate at Mama Ricotta's for the first time yesterday and i definately will eat there again. Aside from the well priced and delicious food we had, the main ingredient that I remember the most was the staff. The hostess Dana was so pleasant and inviting I was already smiling as soon as she greeted me. I was waiting at the bar for the rest of my party to arrive and Kate, the bartender, was so helpful in recommending items from the menu that were a favorite of some of the regulars. I assume based on my experience that this place has a lot of regulars. Our server was Derrick and he could not have been more helpful or efficient. He really seemed to care about our experience and had knowledge of the menu. I thought it was a wonderful touch when the manager, Patrick, delivered our entrees to us. He asked how everything was and made sure all of our food was perfect and asked if we needed anything. He asked if it was our first time to the restaurant because he did not feel like he had seen us in before. He sent over a complimentary goat cheese appetizer because in his words it is a ""must have"" if you had not dined at Mama Ricotta's before. I could not have been more pleased with the atmosphere, food and service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What happened?

I used to ADORE Mama Ricotta's... tried and true, I've sent a million people to this place and even referred my cousin to have wedding rehearsal dinner there. That being said - I was EXTREMELY disappointed with a brunch experience.

Went in - all excited with my fiance, that we were going to have mama ricotta's brunch - everything else there is scrumptious, therefore, the brunch should be to-die for. Uh.... not-so-much.
My fiance absolutely hates runny eggs - so he asked for the italian hash special with SCRAMBLED eggs. Simple enough right? When he got his order, he cringed at the runny eggs... he actually hesitated about sending it back, but I nudged him to get the waiter to bring him a new plate... he was so upset. The waiter kindly took the plate and came back 10- mins later with what appeared to be a new plate. When my fiance started eating, he quickly realized, it was the SAME plate, but the runny eggs were ""scraped"" off - (and not even in an orderly way as there was yolk all over his ""hash"". GROSS! Who does that??? Just give a whole new plate! We were upset - because we've felt it going downhill in there for a little while now --- and it's disheartening, because we LOVE italian - and want it to be successful.

For brunch, we'll stick with DNG, for dinner, not sure I can get my other half to go back to Mama's.
Sorry Mama.... let me know when things are back up to par.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best italian food in NC, Avoid Friday/Sat nights, Service was spot on

My wife and me have been loyal customers at Mama's for over 3 years now. It takes us 30 min. to get there from our house and well worth the drive. The food at this place is spot on everytime. I ordered the chicken bianco which was to die for, (a favorite of mine,) and my wife stayed close in on her limb and ordered the penne vodka. The food was fabulous as always. the atmosphere was very family oriented and appropriate, JUST DON'T GO HERE ON WEEKENDS, for the place WILL be packed, I reccomend eating here between noon and five on weekdays. Sunday brunch here is a well kept secret that nobody should miss out on. Another thing I think is important to mention is the service. Our waiter, John, delivered fast and friendly service and the guy that brought our food out, (whom closely resembled a new-aged Harry Potter,) was extreamly friendly, fast, yet delicate - not pausing for a moment to offer both my wife and me parmesean and fresh black pepper before asking if we needed anything. The food delivery guy was so refreshing and charming in fact that my wife just had to compliment him on his good job. It's surprising how much of a difference fast and friendly service makes, (I'm a tipper so I keep a close eye on these things and how MR's employees are willing to go that extra mile :). Anyways, this place is well worth checking out and I'm sure everything on the menu is authentic and the prices are quite fair.
9 out of 10!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor customer service

Waited 40 minutes to receive their famous goat cheese dip which only takes 3 minutes to prepare asked the waiter 4 times whether or not our appitizer was coming and everytime he said a coulple of minutes after 40 minutes the waiter said that the owner was working on our order and it would be right out. 5 minutes later the owner brings the food to the table and just sets it down and walks away NO SORRY FOR THE WAIT OR COULD I GET YOU ANYTHING ELSE!!!! USED to be one of my favorite places to come to but your customer service has gone down hill..Remember were the ones who keep you in business!!!!!!!!!!



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Couldn?t disagree more from holly234?s post

What a wonderful menu and staff! My wife and I started with two Mamatinis. Now I?ve had pineapple-infused martinis before but these were different. Made with orange and mango vodka, they were a real treat. We decided to have some wine with dinner so our server, Derrick, made some suggestions, which we were very pleased with. For our entrees my wife enjoyed the Spiedini salad while I had the Lasagna. The homemade sausage is what really makes the lasagna special. One of the managers, Patrick, stopped by the table to see how we were doing. We asked what dessert he recommended and without hesitation he mentioned the Nutella Pie. He was right on the money. What a fantastic experience from beginning to end. I couldn?t disagree more from holly234?s post.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great staff, manager, not so much

My girlfriend and I were there recently for a quick bite. All of the staff was very friendly and professional. The food was good, especially the pizza. Unfortunately the manager running around the restaurant yelling at the staff with his French-accented expletives made us very uncomfortable. Listening to him curse and insult his employees will make us think twice about returning!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great place to go before a show

We have been here many times, especially before going to a show downtown. The food is very good and plentiful. We also like the wine flights. The bread is especially good (resist the urge to eat too much because the meal is going to be great and plentiful). We enjoy the casual elegance, both inside and on the patio.

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