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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
+1 317-259-9412
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Been there three times. Food is too heavy on garlic...way heavy. Service spotty to rude. Way too many people crammed into the tiny rooms, way too noisy...hard to have a conversation and many tables have you buried against a wall so it's hard to get...More

2  Thank fletchmon15
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Wonderful Italian food in a 1920s residence. Very flavorful dishes, slightly on the pricey side but worth it. Love the crispy ravioli starter and the chicken piccata. The pasta carbonara is also excellent. Tourists generally don't know about this place as it is mostly a...More

1  Thank moorejjbb
Reviewed 30 April 2016

This is a tucked away, very interesting and authentic Italian style restaurant which is definitely not a chain. The place is unpretentious, but very cozy and comfortable with great food and service. It is good for couples, families, etc. and portions are very generous.

Thank lhabitat
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Nice night out with friends. We have eaten there a couple of times. Love sitting in the back garden. Quiet and quaint with a welcome home quality. Nice wait staff and good bar service. Nightly specials. Great place to chill out with friends or a...More

Thank Eldergioe
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This restaurant was a great change from the food chains. It has several small rooms for dining as well as an outdoor area. The menu has a nice variety along with a bar menu with many selections. Would definitely recommend for a nice evening out.

Thank djteach531
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Mama's has excellent selection and wonderful ambiance both indoor and outdoor seating. Food is well prepared and plentiful as well.

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I took my wife here for her birthday and despite being under the weather she was extremely pleased with my selection. Pros: Not a chain restaurant. It feels a lot more authentic and the food is a much higher quality than say carrabas. Fairly good...More

Thank 591brianf
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

If you want authentic Italian food with an authentic Italian feel Mama Carolla's is for you! The restaurant itself sits tucked into a neighborhood so you feel like you are in someone's home. We visited on a Thursday night so it didn't feel crowded but...More

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous atmosphere, friendly staff, PHENOMENAL food and drinks. The absolute best Italian food we've ever had and pretty inexpensive. The chicken Alfred was amazing and pineapple upside cake martinis are soo good! This would be great for a casual dinner as well as a date...More

Thank Molly M
Reviewed 2 April 2016

We visited on Valentine's Day 2016. We realize they do not take reservations, so we arrived when the restaurant was to have opened which is always 5pm. They must have opened earlier as there were several people already waiting as the waiting area/bar and makeshift...More

Thank brixton456
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31 July 2016|
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Response from Ronald N | Reviewed this property |
Since Mama Corolla's is not open for lunch you might consider the restaurants in the nearby section of Broad Ripple. There are numerous locations on the main drag that are open for lunch, have ample room for groups, and the... More
1 March 2016|
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Response from Justin L | Property representative |
Hello, We have room that will seat up to 24. If the 10 girls wanted to be at one table and the parents and others wanted to be in another room, we could do that. When were you looking for the reservation?
10 February 2016|
Response from gold-vintner | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest that you call the restaurant. Valentine's Day is special.........and a good choice to impress your lady !!!! Sorry I do know their daily operations. Good luck !!!!!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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