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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
+1 317-259-9412
17:00 - 21:30
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Crawfordsville, Indiana
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Husband & I arrived at 5:30PM Saturday evening,the place was full. Seating for two was immediate, server was efficient. In spite of the crowd we had plenty of time to make the 8:00 curtain at Clowes Hall. They serve a huge number of people in a very short time. Parties of four were in for an hour and a half... More 

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Noblesville, Indiana
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely restaurant nestled in an old home on the Monon Trail. In the summer the sounds of Frank Sinatra mingle with the scents of roses in bloom as you dine under the stars. In winter, there's a cozy fireplace in the main hall and romantic music playing as you settle into a table for two in a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried to eat at Osteria Pronto but they had absolutely no room for walk-ins. So glad they didn't because we jumped to plan B: Uber ($11) from downtown to Mama Carolla's. It. Was. Amazing! Definitely worth the drive out of town. Think polite and helpful service, quaint courtyard, and the food.... perfect!

Thank Matt R
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Two work colleagues & visited here based on feedback that we heard. We arrived on a rainy night and it was still packed. We had to wait about 30 minutes to get seated but it wasn't too bad as there were 3 seats at the bar. In the bar area, there was a piano player and a woman singing. The... More 

Thank VioletMN
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

If you told me my grandmother was in the kitchen, I wouldn't have been surprised. Everything is fresh and homemade. We started with fried calamari, fried ravioli and bruschetta. Calamari was prepared breaded and lightly fried. Fried ravioli was deep fried golden brown. Bruschetta for 4 was piled high with tomatoes, cheese, and all the "fixins". Dinner came with choice... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We dined here while visiting Indianapolis on sweetest day weekend. The food was authentic, my girlfriend had the chicken parmesan and I had the veal saltimbocca*, both were great, perfect portions. Our server was a tad busy and did not list off any specials, but our drinks remained full and he was attentive enough. If you are looking for a... More 

Thank Aaron H
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The best Italian in Indianapolis! Great vibe, and always good food! A staple for us but it's always a hit when we share with newbies!

Thank Breena Y
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed another dinner at Mama's - ate outside for a final time this season. Food was very good- the anti pasti was great to share. Still need to work a bit on refining their service. Need to soften their messages. We will be back.

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south dakota
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Mamas on Saturday night. We arrived at 7pm. Boy that was not the time to go. We knew better to go at that time but we decided to give it a go. The wait was 35 minutes. We we walked inside the place was packed!! Not a place to sit, even when you were waiting. There were about... More 

Thank switch88
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

What a wonderful experience. Service was fabulous and the food was delicious. We sat outside in the courtyard listening to soft, great Italian music being played. Get there early on the weekend or you won't find parking! Worth the trip.

Thank Carol H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?