Mama Mia Trattoria

★★★★☆
  • 439 SW 2nd Ave

    Portland, OR 97204

    Cross street: Washington

    Map & Directions
  • 503-295-6464

About Mama Mia Trattoria

Hours
Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM & 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM & 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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We found this breakfast gem on our way to the waterfront last weekend. While waiting for our meals they offered us a choice of some very yummy rosemary scones or Danishes, these were on the house no less! I had the Salmon Hash and it was

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We found this breakfast gem on our way to the waterfront last weekend. While waiting for our meals they offered us a choice of some very yummy rosemary scones or Danishes, these were on the house no less! I had the Salmon Hash and it was

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Great find for my wife's birthday lunch. Good waiter, helpful and friendly, and decent food. Helped me with bringing out a surprise gift with the complimentary birthday dessert. Life memories!

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Great find for my wife's birthday lunch. Good waiter, helpful and friendly, and decent food. Helped me with bringing out a surprise gift with the complimentary birthday dessert. Life memories!

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Scrumptious breakfast! Mama Mia's has always been my favorite Italian restaurant now it's going to be my go to for breakfast. I had a bacon Frittata with ricotta and it was so good. My friend brioche bread stuffed French bread was

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Scrumptious breakfast! Mama Mia's has always been my favorite Italian restaurant now it's going to be my go to for breakfast. I had a bacon Frittata with ricotta and it was so good. My friend brioche bread stuffed French bread was

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Amazing restaurant! The staff is great. Always pleasant, helpful and all-around enjoyable. The food is delightful. Very filling and extremely tasty. If you are going for the first time..I recommend trying the Chicken Parm or the NY Steak.

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★★★★★

Amazing restaurant! The staff is great. Always pleasant, helpful and all-around enjoyable. The food is delightful. Very filling and extremely tasty. If you are going for the first time..I recommend trying the Chicken Parm or the NY Steak.

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I LOVE Mama Mia. I work in the downtown area and I can??t find a better place to eat lunch. Their new Arugala salad is the perfect meal to help me finish out the long work day. Also, their garlic bread is some of the best. I love that

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I LOVE Mama Mia. I work in the downtown area and I can??t find a better place to eat lunch. Their new Arugala salad is the perfect meal to help me finish out the long work day. Also, their garlic bread is some of the best. I love that

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Love the new lunch menu items. The Penne Lobster and Cheese was perfect in every sense of the word. Thick chunks of lobster meat, a creamy sauce to add rich flavor to the dish, and of course loaded with cheese. I couldn't rave enough about

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Love the new lunch menu items. The Penne Lobster and Cheese was perfect in every sense of the word. Thick chunks of lobster meat, a creamy sauce to add rich flavor to the dish, and of course loaded with cheese. I couldn't rave enough about

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Great authentic Italian food. I spent a year abroad in Italy and after coming home, I haven't found anything that compares to the Italian food from Italy, except for Mama Mia. The portions are huge like Italy, and the sauce and pasta, all

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Great authentic Italian food. I spent a year abroad in Italy and after coming home, I haven't found anything that compares to the Italian food from Italy, except for Mama Mia. The portions are huge like Italy, and the sauce and pasta, all

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I came in for happy hour because I work down the street and I was pleasantly surprised by their happy hour menu and prices. Everything on the Happy Hour menu was $3 with the purchase of a drink. For under $10 (without tip) I was able to

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I came in for happy hour because I work down the street and I was pleasantly surprised by their happy hour menu and prices. Everything on the Happy Hour menu was $3 with the purchase of a drink. For under $10 (without tip) I was able to

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Simply wonderful. I always have a craving for Italian food and I have tried nearly all of them in the Portland area and none are better then Mama Mia. I don't even bother going to other Italian restaurants because Mama Mia is that

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Simply wonderful. I always have a craving for Italian food and I have tried nearly all of them in the Portland area and none are better then Mama Mia. I don't even bother going to other Italian restaurants because Mama Mia is that

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I am so happy that Mama Mia is now open for lunch. I work in the downtown area so it is a real treat to have such great Italian food for lunch. The new lunch menu is very extensive and well priced. It was hard to choose because everything

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I am so happy that Mama Mia is now open for lunch. I work in the downtown area so it is a real treat to have such great Italian food for lunch. The new lunch menu is very extensive and well priced. It was hard to choose because everything

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We chose Momma Mia's for a birthday dinner. What a great choice! My daughter said it was the best lasagna she has ever eaten, including in Europe, and that the flavors just popped in her mouth. The eggplant parmagiana was equally

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We chose Momma Mia's for a birthday dinner. What a great choice! My daughter said it was the best lasagna she has ever eaten, including in Europe, and that the flavors just popped in her mouth. The eggplant parmagiana was equally

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I have to agree with the women's comments a few lines down, that the owner IS crazy!! I worked here briefly and not only is the work environment extremely negative, but the owner treats the employees like dogs. She yells and belittles people every time she comes into the restaurant. NOT a good environment to be in. I think that trickles down because everybody else is miserable. Oh, they are also really immature. The management act like children when dealing with problems with the employees. I may be biased because I worked at the place, but I wouldn't want to support a place that treats their people in this way.

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I have to agree with the women's comments a few lines down, that the owner IS crazy!! I worked here briefly and not only is the work environment extremely negative, but the owner treats the employees like dogs. She yells and belittles people every time she comes into the restaurant. NOT a good environment to be in. I think that trickles down because everybody else is miserable. Oh, they are also really immature. The management act like children when dealing with problems with the employees. I may be biased because I worked at the place, but I wouldn't want to support a place that treats their people in this way.

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Nothing at all to write home about. It's boring and over-priced Americanized Italian food. This establishment seems to be an exercise in duping yuppies, which they seem to be doing quite well.

And the staff seem miserable too.

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Nothing at all to write home about. It's boring and over-priced Americanized Italian food. This establishment seems to be an exercise in duping yuppies, which they seem to be doing quite well.

And the staff seem miserable too.

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Incredibly friendly and responsive staff. Great food, filling portions. This place does Italian right!

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★★★★★

Incredibly friendly and responsive staff. Great food, filling portions. This place does Italian right!

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I lived in Italy for years and I can honestly say that this is a good Italian restaurant. Great food very authentic and still new creative flare to the classic dishes. The only downer is the service could be a little better, but it was not bad just a little slow.

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★★★★☆

I lived in Italy for years and I can honestly say that this is a good Italian restaurant. Great food very authentic and still new creative flare to the classic dishes. The only downer is the service could be a little better, but it was not bad just a little slow.

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My friends has talked this place up for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to visit last month. There were 4 adults and a 2 year old and we received excellent service! We each ordered a different dish and I must say i tried every single one and they were AMAZING! Great prices, delicious food, wonderful service, what more can you ask for?

PS I love Mother's for breakfast which is owned by the same people and right next door :)

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★★★★★

My friends has talked this place up for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to visit last month. There were 4 adults and a 2 year old and we received excellent service! We each ordered a different dish and I must say i tried every single one and they were AMAZING! Great prices, delicious food, wonderful service, what more can you ask for?

PS I love Mother's for breakfast which is owned by the same people and right next door :)

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I made dinner reservations for 10 people, which included one baby, a toddler and a five year old. When we showed up everything was ready in this little area set aside, it was perfect. Everyone was very friendly and hospitable. We don't live in Portland, but we were in the area for a little family weekend get-away. My in-laws were very impressed and kept complimenting me on my choice (they are more used to the generic Olive Garden feel of things). Everything was absolutely magnificent and the prices were not too bad either...

My husband loved the lasagna special that they were serving that night. I really enjoyed the penne ala vodka, however I usually go for the manicotti.

Even though we are not really from the area it was fairly easy to find and it was in walking distance to many little shops and the market.
I highly recommend this restaurant and I am really looking forward to our next visit

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★★★★★

I made dinner reservations for 10 people, which included one baby, a toddler and a five year old. When we showed up everything was ready in this little area set aside, it was perfect. Everyone was very friendly and hospitable. We don't live in Portland, but we were in the area for a little family weekend get-away. My in-laws were very impressed and kept complimenting me on my choice (they are more used to the generic Olive Garden feel of things). Everything was absolutely magnificent and the prices were not too bad either...

My husband loved the lasagna special that they were serving that night. I really enjoyed the penne ala vodka, however I usually go for the manicotti.

Even though we are not really from the area it was fairly easy to find and it was in walking distance to many little shops and the market.
I highly recommend this restaurant and I am really looking forward to our next visit

Pros: excellent service

Cons: none that I could think of...

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We walked from the Hotel Monaco. It was a Saturday night and the place was packed. Luckily, we had reservations. There were several prom couples in attendence which was cute. We started out with an antipasto plate which was amazing. So many different choices and all presented and done well. My husband had veal and I had eggplant. Both were delicious. The service was distracted but maybe that's to be expected with such a crowded place. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for a quiet dinner unless it was a week night. We did have fun, though. Even if we had to shout a bit!

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★★★☆☆

We walked from the Hotel Monaco. It was a Saturday night and the place was packed. Luckily, we had reservations. There were several prom couples in attendence which was cute. We started out with an antipasto plate which was amazing. So many different choices and all presented and done well. My husband had veal and I had eggplant. Both were delicious. The service was distracted but maybe that's to be expected with such a crowded place. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for a quiet dinner unless it was a week night. We did have fun, though. Even if we had to shout a bit!

Pros: Superior food - veal stands out

Cons: Noisy, tables a bit close, service not the greatest

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I took my husband and the kids (two boys, 11 and 13) here on Friday night and besides slow service, we had a great time. The kids split Ceasar Salad and each of us adults had one house salad. Both salads were very good, the house salad came with thinly sliced red onions and generous portion of pecans. For main dish we ordered Pizza Margarita, Lasagna, Gnocchi and Fettuchini Alfredo with Sausage. Everything was great but the pasta was the best! Unfortunately, it was not my order so I could not eat as much of it as I wanted:) I will have to return and have some pasta all for myself. For the prices being quite low, we all got full fast and brought leftovers home for next day's lunch. The dessert was gellato, however, Mio Gellato makes it better.

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★★★★★

I took my husband and the kids (two boys, 11 and 13) here on Friday night and besides slow service, we had a great time. The kids split Ceasar Salad and each of us adults had one house salad. Both salads were very good, the house salad came with thinly sliced red onions and generous portion of pecans. For main dish we ordered Pizza Margarita, Lasagna, Gnocchi and Fettuchini Alfredo with Sausage. Everything was great but the pasta was the best! Unfortunately, it was not my order so I could not eat as much of it as I wanted:) I will have to return and have some pasta all for myself. For the prices being quite low, we all got full fast and brought leftovers home for next day's lunch. The dessert was gellato, however, Mio Gellato makes it better.

Pros: handmade pasta, very cute interier, very reasonable prices

Cons: service can get slow

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So beautiful inside. I love the look of this place!!! Great happy hour and good food always. Great for dates :)

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So beautiful inside. I love the look of this place!!! Great happy hour and good food always. Great for dates :)

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Having had the previous pleasure of dining at Mother's Bistro, I was really looking forward to a wonderful meal at Mama Mia. I was rewarded with such a great experience.
Although I found it somewhat difficult to read the menu due to the very dim lighting, the meal was exquisite. Lisa Schroeder and her lovely daughter Stephanie present a dining experience the way it should be. Lisa (a Culinary Institute of America Alum), has gone out of her way to create a menu resplendent with Italian food prepared the way it ought to be. The idea of presenting excellent food, at a reasonable price while still eye appealing, and perfectly prepared at the right temperatures and served by polished friendly staff makes this place a must do.
I highly recommend the Chicken Francaise which had flavor that exploded in my mouth like a sky rocket. Don't forget to leave a little room for canolis prepared the way they should be and filled just before serving so the tubes do not get soggy.
As a recently relocated to Oregon from Philadelphia certified exec chef / culinary arts instructor for almost forty years, I would like to say a public thank you for a marvelous dining experience.

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Having had the previous pleasure of dining at Mother's Bistro, I was really looking forward to a wonderful meal at Mama Mia. I was rewarded with such a great experience.
Although I found it somewhat difficult to read the menu due to the very dim lighting, the meal was exquisite. Lisa Schroeder and her lovely daughter Stephanie present a dining experience the way it should be. Lisa (a Culinary Institute of America Alum), has gone out of her way to create a menu resplendent with Italian food prepared the way it ought to be. The idea of presenting excellent food, at a reasonable price while still eye appealing, and perfectly prepared at the right temperatures and served by polished friendly staff makes this place a must do.
I highly recommend the Chicken Francaise which had flavor that exploded in my mouth like a sky rocket. Don't forget to leave a little room for canolis prepared the way they should be and filled just before serving so the tubes do not get soggy.
As a recently relocated to Oregon from Philadelphia certified exec chef / culinary arts instructor for almost forty years, I would like to say a public thank you for a marvelous dining experience.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Dim Lighting made it difficult to read the menu

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This place is one of the most over rated restaurants in Portland. The owner, Lisa Schroder, must have a great public relations person, cause this place sure does get a lot of undeserved attention.

There are sooooo many better Italian restaurants, don't waste your time with this one.

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This place is one of the most over rated restaurants in Portland. The owner, Lisa Schroder, must have a great public relations person, cause this place sure does get a lot of undeserved attention.

There are sooooo many better Italian restaurants, don't waste your time with this one.

Pros: Wish I could think of one

Cons: Food, service

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Our waitress was one of the best I have ever had in Portland. I think her name was Stephanie. She was energetic, fun, had perfect recommendations and made our dining experience memorable and fun! The food was incredible, very flavorful and great proportions!

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Our waitress was one of the best I have ever had in Portland. I think her name was Stephanie. She was energetic, fun, had perfect recommendations and made our dining experience memorable and fun! The food was incredible, very flavorful and great proportions!

Pros: Service, Food

Cons: none

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We went there recently for my mom's birthday. This one waitress who was not serving us walked by our table continually with the worst expression on her face and glared at us several times. Our waiter commented: Did you enjoy your appetizers? My mom replied: "Oh yes, the bread was wonderful". The waiter then said: "No, I meant your drinks".

If they don't want to serve alcohol, then don't serve it. That goes for many restaurants in Portland: What is WITH this city and drinking? So many people here get so hot and bothered/and or offended when people order drinks. We also noticed that while we were eating, several workers were standing at the bar looking right at us and talking - probably gossiping. It reminded all of us of a high school cafeteria and why you never choose to eat inside of one.

Needless to say, we will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there recently for my mom's birthday. This one waitress who was not serving us walked by our table continually with the worst expression on her face and glared at us several times. Our waiter commented: Did you enjoy your appetizers? My mom replied: "Oh yes, the bread was wonderful". The waiter then said: "No, I meant your drinks".

If they don't want to serve alcohol, then don't serve it. That goes for many restaurants in Portland: What is WITH this city and drinking? So many people here get so hot and bothered/and or offended when people order drinks. We also noticed that while we were eating, several workers were standing at the bar looking right at us and talking - probably gossiping. It reminded all of us of a high school cafeteria and why you never choose to eat inside of one.

Needless to say, we will not be back.

Pros: Fantastic food

Cons: As good as the food is, it is ruined by the service

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Nice old bar seating and excellent food! Try one of their homemade vodka drinks! Bartenders always nice to visit with. Cant beat the prices.. lasagna and calamari are the best.

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★★★★★

Nice old bar seating and excellent food! Try one of their homemade vodka drinks! Bartenders always nice to visit with. Cant beat the prices.. lasagna and calamari are the best.

Pros: Menu items and price

Cons: None

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I have never written a review but due to the bad experience we had a Mama Mia I felt compelled to write one. I ordered the eggplant parmagiana. It was breaded and fried and burned then covered with sauce. It was inedible. My daughter ordered the child's ravioli. For $5 she received one ravioli about 2 inches in diameter. When the waiter breezed by and asked "how was our dinner"? I responded "terrible". He just turned and left. I couldn't believe it. We didn't see him again until he bought the check. We were with another mother and daughter and on our way to see Wicked so I didn't make a fuss but cannot see how they are still in business, especially in this economic climate.

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I have never written a review but due to the bad experience we had a Mama Mia I felt compelled to write one. I ordered the eggplant parmagiana. It was breaded and fried and burned then covered with sauce. It was inedible. My daughter ordered the child's ravioli. For $5 she received one ravioli about 2 inches in diameter. When the waiter breezed by and asked "how was our dinner"? I responded "terrible". He just turned and left. I couldn't believe it. We didn't see him again until he bought the check. We were with another mother and daughter and on our way to see Wicked so I didn't make a fuss but cannot see how they are still in business, especially in this economic climate.

Pros: Can't think of any!

Cons: Food, Service

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i know if you don't have something nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all, but i can't help myself with this one. the food is okay, not great, but i have had worse. the real problem with this place lies in the people. i have witnessed the owner berate her staff in the past, which i think is really unprofessional. but i got a little inside scoop from a guy i know who used to work there that confirmed that type of behavior as common practice. the staff are terrified of the owner, otherwise known as "the tyrant." i heard she is in anger management or something too because she is so crazy and will fly off the handle for no reason. personally, i don't think people who are nasty and mean like that deserve my support, so i won't be back.

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i know if you don't have something nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all, but i can't help myself with this one. the food is okay, not great, but i have had worse. the real problem with this place lies in the people. i have witnessed the owner berate her staff in the past, which i think is really unprofessional. but i got a little inside scoop from a guy i know who used to work there that confirmed that type of behavior as common practice. the staff are terrified of the owner, otherwise known as "the tyrant." i heard she is in anger management or something too because she is so crazy and will fly off the handle for no reason. personally, i don't think people who are nasty and mean like that deserve my support, so i won't be back.

Pros: cute place

Cons: owner, some of the staff are loud and obnxious

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While I thought the food was okay, and the prices reasonable, we had a host of other problems that would stop me from eating there. The biggies? First, they don't honor reservations at all! We were seated long after our reservation time, and there was a lobby full of other people who weren't seated promptly. Why bother taking reservations, if you're not getting people to tables on time? The other big problem...they charged us TWICE. Upon reviewing our credit card statement, they charged us our actual bill, plus someone else's bill! It's been a hassle getting this fixed, and I'd never trust them with my credit card again. Ridiculous.

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★★☆☆☆

While I thought the food was okay, and the prices reasonable, we had a host of other problems that would stop me from eating there. The biggies? First, they don't honor reservations at all! We were seated long after our reservation time, and there was a lobby full of other people who weren't seated promptly. Why bother taking reservations, if you're not getting people to tables on time? The other big problem...they charged us TWICE. Upon reviewing our credit card statement, they charged us our actual bill, plus someone else's bill! It's been a hassle getting this fixed, and I'd never trust them with my credit card again. Ridiculous.

Pros: Okay food

Cons: Don't honor reservations; problems with our bill

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Our server was a chubby blond haired gay guy and he was the most ruddiest waiter I've ever had. Look out for him if you do go here, and try to avoid him at all costs! Like most Italian restaurants after you order your main entree they ask if you'd like a salad or soup which is usually included with your meal. And if it is not they will ask you. "Would you like to add soup or salad for an extra $3.95?" This waiter offered us a salad, which was $6.95 and a soup for $3.95. Without telling me that they were additional. I did not know he would be charging me the additional $11 bucks for just soup and salad that I didn't really even want. Since I thought that this was a sneaky move on my waiters end, I did not leave him a tip because he didn't deserve one. As we were walking out he then says you forgot to pay $5.00 on your bill. I know paid the EXACT amount on my bill and I figured he was just mad because I didn't leave him a tip. I then gave him his the $5.00 that I supposedly "forgot" and walked out of the restaurant. As I was walking out he then yelled to me and my date. DON'T YOU EVER COME BACK! What a PSYCHOTIC waiter! The service here is horrible and the way this waiter acted was immature and ridiculous, and I hope the management wises up and fires this guy. The food is alright but if you'd like soup or salad for free, then stick to olive garden.

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Our server was a chubby blond haired gay guy and he was the most ruddiest waiter I've ever had. Look out for him if you do go here, and try to avoid him at all costs! Like most Italian restaurants after you order your main entree they ask if you'd like a salad or soup which is usually included with your meal. And if it is not they will ask you. "Would you like to add soup or salad for an extra $3.95?" This waiter offered us a salad, which was $6.95 and a soup for $3.95. Without telling me that they were additional. I did not know he would be charging me the additional $11 bucks for just soup and salad that I didn't really even want. Since I thought that this was a sneaky move on my waiters end, I did not leave him a tip because he didn't deserve one. As we were walking out he then says you forgot to pay $5.00 on your bill. I know paid the EXACT amount on my bill and I figured he was just mad because I didn't leave him a tip. I then gave him his the $5.00 that I supposedly "forgot" and walked out of the restaurant. As I was walking out he then yelled to me and my date. DON'T YOU EVER COME BACK! What a PSYCHOTIC waiter! The service here is horrible and the way this waiter acted was immature and ridiculous, and I hope the management wises up and fires this guy. The food is alright but if you'd like soup or salad for free, then stick to olive garden.

Pros: NONE

Cons: SERVES IS HORRIBLE

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I took some out of town clients here and was pleasantly surprised to find the $3 Happy Hour menu. The bar had quite a few business types huddled around the gigantic flat screen TV watching Monday Night Football. The plates were perfect size and for $3 we ordered the entire happy hour menu as appetizers and THEN sat down for dinner. They had the usual suspects on tap from Widmer but also a seasonal from Sierra Nevada which was pretty tasty. Calamari was crisp as was the fried zucchini. Steve the bartender was pretty knowledgeable and talking sports with my clients--giving me a much needed break! The service was quick and attentive (not to mention attractive;) and the dining room was pretty amazing.

Must haves: veal marsala, garlic bread, and cioppino plus the entire happy hour menu was a great deal.

I frequent Mother's Bistro next door (same chef/owner) so I expected everything to be on point at Mama Mia's, and it was. Great place, great value.

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★★★★★

I took some out of town clients here and was pleasantly surprised to find the $3 Happy Hour menu. The bar had quite a few business types huddled around the gigantic flat screen TV watching Monday Night Football. The plates were perfect size and for $3 we ordered the entire happy hour menu as appetizers and THEN sat down for dinner. They had the usual suspects on tap from Widmer but also a seasonal from Sierra Nevada which was pretty tasty. Calamari was crisp as was the fried zucchini. Steve the bartender was pretty knowledgeable and talking sports with my clients--giving me a much needed break! The service was quick and attentive (not to mention attractive;) and the dining room was pretty amazing.

Must haves: veal marsala, garlic bread, and cioppino plus the entire happy hour menu was a great deal.

I frequent Mother's Bistro next door (same chef/owner) so I expected everything to be on point at Mama Mia's, and it was. Great place, great value.

Pros: Happy Hour Menu, Veal Marsala, service and it's close to my office

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What an outstanding restaurant. I know this sounds cliche, but just like my Grandmother used to make. The pasta's are delicious and the help outstanding. Great appetizers and nice wine selection. Would recommend this for any occasion. If it were also opened at lunch it would be perfect.

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★★★★☆

What an outstanding restaurant. I know this sounds cliche, but just like my Grandmother used to make. The pasta's are delicious and the help outstanding. Great appetizers and nice wine selection. Would recommend this for any occasion. If it were also opened at lunch it would be perfect.

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"She makes the mozzarella cheese fresh everyday, and it truly melts in your mouth"That's what they tell you and it may be, true but it has little or no tast. Something smells here and I don't think it's just the food! Let's start with the "Sunday Gravy", To Italian's the Sunday gravy is not really how the red gravy is made, it's the love that Mom or your Grandmother put into it. Yes it is a wonderful feast of tastes, and NO it can not be made in any restaurant. I have no problem with a restaurant marketing themselves in a way to get people in the door, but this place just has gone to far. Bye the way don't try it for yourself because it's just encouraging bad behavior, and the eating of tastless food.

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"She makes the mozzarella cheese fresh everyday, and it truly melts in your mouth"That's what they tell you and it may be, true but it has little or no tast. Something smells here and I don't think it's just the food! Let's start with the "Sunday Gravy", To Italian's the Sunday gravy is not really how the red gravy is made, it's the love that Mom or your Grandmother put into it. Yes it is a wonderful feast of tastes, and NO it can not be made in any restaurant. I have no problem with a restaurant marketing themselves in a way to get people in the door, but this place just has gone to far. Bye the way don't try it for yourself because it's just encouraging bad behavior, and the eating of tastless food.

Pros: Nice tables

Cons: Food is very poor

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Having read the good reviews on this site, I went to Mama Mia's this past August. I have bought one container of salt in the past four years, and I have to say, I loaded my soup with salt. This is from someone who normally eats bland food. I wanted manicotti, but the waiter convinced me to try the ravioli. What a mistake. It was tasteless, and it didn't even fill me up. I ended up ordering manicotti to go, and while slightly better, it just wasn't worth the calories. So - if you like your food tasting like dishwater, then I would come to Mama Mia's. If, however, you would like Italian Food that actually tastes good, try Alessandro's or Olive Garden.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having read the good reviews on this site, I went to Mama Mia's this past August. I have bought one container of salt in the past four years, and I have to say, I loaded my soup with salt. This is from someone who normally eats bland food. I wanted manicotti, but the waiter convinced me to try the ravioli. What a mistake. It was tasteless, and it didn't even fill me up. I ended up ordering manicotti to go, and while slightly better, it just wasn't worth the calories. So - if you like your food tasting like dishwater, then I would come to Mama Mia's. If, however, you would like Italian Food that actually tastes good, try Alessandro's or Olive Garden.

Pros: The Cooking Staff had pulses

Cons: Restaurant Was Loud, Tasteless Food

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My husband and I went here for Valentine's Day and had one of the best meals ever. The staff is great and very accommodating. My husband had the lasagna and I had the risotto. The servings are large and very tasty.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went here for Valentine's Day and had one of the best meals ever. The staff is great and very accommodating. My husband had the lasagna and I had the risotto. The servings are large and very tasty.

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Home made Italian food, maybe if you're German, Irish, or Polish. Now nothing against any of those nationality's, I'm sure they make great food but their not Italian. This is lazy Italian food at it's very worst. I grew up in Brooklyn NY with an Italian Grandma and an Italian mom. My nanny (nanny is what Italians call their grandma) and mom would die (not kidding) before they served this kind of lazy junk food and call it home made. An example of this; the waitress brings out my order of eggplant parmigian and it consisted of two big thick pieces of eggplant covered with low quality mozzarella. I looked at my wife and she looked at me, and we both laughed. I picked up my fork , yes fork that's what you cut your eggplant with when its made at home by your mom or nana. After a few seconds I gave up and picked up my knife since no Fork could ever cut these two hockey pucks. It's Lazy Italian food because its much easier to have two layers then five or six, even though that's how home made eggplant is made in a real Italian home.

My mom would never serve this food to her children, nor would any loving Italian mom I have ever met!

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Home made Italian food, maybe if you're German, Irish, or Polish. Now nothing against any of those nationality's, I'm sure they make great food but their not Italian. This is lazy Italian food at it's very worst. I grew up in Brooklyn NY with an Italian Grandma and an Italian mom. My nanny (nanny is what Italians call their grandma) and mom would die (not kidding) before they served this kind of lazy junk food and call it home made. An example of this; the waitress brings out my order of eggplant parmigian and it consisted of two big thick pieces of eggplant covered with low quality mozzarella. I looked at my wife and she looked at me, and we both laughed. I picked up my fork , yes fork that's what you cut your eggplant with when its made at home by your mom or nana. After a few seconds I gave up and picked up my knife since no Fork could ever cut these two hockey pucks. It's Lazy Italian food because its much easier to have two layers then five or six, even though that's how home made eggplant is made in a real Italian home.

My mom would never serve this food to her children, nor would any loving Italian mom I have ever met!

Pros: Easy to get to

Cons: They need help cooking

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Wow, the person who wrote that negitive one star review below sounds like quite the a@s h@le. I can maybe understand if the place was just ok writing a review that bad since he is from "italy." However, Mama Mia's is really, really, good and I am very picky when it comes to italian food and have dined at many, many, restaurants. The owner/chef is italian and knows what she is doing. She makes the mozz cheese fresh everyday and it truly melts in your mouth so I have no idea where that came from. I go here when I want hearty italain food and two other places in Portland when I want more authentic italian food. If you're in the mood for hearty flavorful food you should give this place a try. I rarely branch out and I did about a year ago and now it is one of my favorite places in Portland. Plus the owner/chef comes around and talks to ya and really seems to take pride in everything. If you look and most of the reviews, then you will see that 80% of them are excellent. But you must try it for yourself to find out. As far as the one reviewer below that claimed to be "italian" --- I have a great idea! Move back to Italy! Portland is getting too populated anyway.

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★★★★★

Wow, the person who wrote that negitive one star review below sounds like quite the a@s h@le. I can maybe understand if the place was just ok writing a review that bad since he is from "italy." However, Mama Mia's is really, really, good and I am very picky when it comes to italian food and have dined at many, many, restaurants. The owner/chef is italian and knows what she is doing. She makes the mozz cheese fresh everyday and it truly melts in your mouth so I have no idea where that came from. I go here when I want hearty italain food and two other places in Portland when I want more authentic italian food. If you're in the mood for hearty flavorful food you should give this place a try. I rarely branch out and I did about a year ago and now it is one of my favorite places in Portland. Plus the owner/chef comes around and talks to ya and really seems to take pride in everything. If you look and most of the reviews, then you will see that 80% of them are excellent. But you must try it for yourself to find out. As far as the one reviewer below that claimed to be "italian" --- I have a great idea! Move back to Italy! Portland is getting too populated anyway.

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Outstanding evening. We were seated immediately, and service was fantastic. From appetiser to desert and espresso, one of the best Italian meals I've had, and I'm an Italian food junkie. Best meal since dining at the old Mama Leone's in NYC, which was many years ago. My only criticism (and this is petty) is that I'd like to see cloth napkins on the table instead of paper. For a restaurant of this calibre, there should be cloth napkins.

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★★★★★

Outstanding evening. We were seated immediately, and service was fantastic. From appetiser to desert and espresso, one of the best Italian meals I've had, and I'm an Italian food junkie. Best meal since dining at the old Mama Leone's in NYC, which was many years ago. My only criticism (and this is petty) is that I'd like to see cloth napkins on the table instead of paper. For a restaurant of this calibre, there should be cloth napkins.

Pros: Sunday Gravy, Garlic Bread

Cons: Paper Napkins

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This place was truly a disappointment; you can make better pasta at home. The quantities are large, which may please some, but the flavor is bland, the noodles are overcooked, there is nothing truly Italian about the place. Don't waste your money.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was truly a disappointment; you can make better pasta at home. The quantities are large, which may please some, but the flavor is bland, the noodles are overcooked, there is nothing truly Italian about the place. Don't waste your money.

Pros: Large portions

Cons: everything else

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We intended to go to Mothers Bistro on a monday... but found it closed! (UGH!!) However, a sign told us to head around the corner and we were SOOOO glad that we did. The room is elegant and spacious... although slightly noisy at times. However, our conversation about the amazing food and service soon drowned out any of the chatter around us. We have been back twice, and it's also fantastic. We had the Sunday Gravy which I always have enough for lunch the next day. I HIGHLY recommend the Zepolis for dessert. It's on our list of favorites restaurants in Portland... but perhaps some of the best italian food I've ever had!!!!

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We intended to go to Mothers Bistro on a monday... but found it closed! (UGH!!) However, a sign told us to head around the corner and we were SOOOO glad that we did. The room is elegant and spacious... although slightly noisy at times. However, our conversation about the amazing food and service soon drowned out any of the chatter around us. We have been back twice, and it's also fantastic. We had the Sunday Gravy which I always have enough for lunch the next day. I HIGHLY recommend the Zepolis for dessert. It's on our list of favorites restaurants in Portland... but perhaps some of the best italian food I've ever had!!!!

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This is my favorite Italian eatery in Portland! I always, always start off with a bowl of their steaming hot minestrone. It's especially good on a cold day.

I love the pesto here, they add tomatoes, which is great, not a lot of places do that.

I did have ONE bad experience here, but i think that it was because our waitress was new. She basically forgot to put our order in :)

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This is my favorite Italian eatery in Portland! I always, always start off with a bowl of their steaming hot minestrone. It's especially good on a cold day.

I love the pesto here, they add tomatoes, which is great, not a lot of places do that.

I did have ONE bad experience here, but i think that it was because our waitress was new. She basically forgot to put our order in :)

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My husband and I tried Mamma Mia after hearing good reviews. The service was pretty good, but both of our dishes were just average. Clam linquine wasn't quite on for flavor. Cannoli's for dessert were really good. Overall it wasn't as impressive as I expected it to be. There are only a few really good spots in PDX for Italian.

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My husband and I tried Mamma Mia after hearing good reviews. The service was pretty good, but both of our dishes were just average. Clam linquine wasn't quite on for flavor. Cannoli's for dessert were really good. Overall it wasn't as impressive as I expected it to be. There are only a few really good spots in PDX for Italian.

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Ok.. so we walked in and immediately were WOWed by the beautiful chandielers and red & gold theme through out. We were greeted by an attentive host who took us to a candle lit table by the window. After perusing thru the extensive menu we finally narrowed down our choices. Our server helped us make the right ones. I had the Veal Piccatta, my friend had the Sunday Gravy.. wow! It was delicious. Oh wait, i forgot to mention the Caprese salad, it was home made mozzarella with a killer balsamic reduction. We also share the Fried Ravioli. So back to the Gravy and Picatta.. the sauce was so buttery and the veal melted in my mouth. I recommend getting the sauteed spinach too.. yummo! The wine list was very reasonably priced with a great selection. We had the Tantrum, it was a blend of Pinot Noir and something else. Went great with the food, (oh our server also recommened this one.) Then onto dessert.. all I can say is HOLY CANNOLI. If you have ever been to NY, then this will take you back. All in all, I had a great time. The service was attentive, informative and fun. The food was just the same. I hear they own Mother's Bistro also, so I will be sure to try that next.

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★★★★★

Ok.. so we walked in and immediately were WOWed by the beautiful chandielers and red & gold theme through out. We were greeted by an attentive host who took us to a candle lit table by the window. After perusing thru the extensive menu we finally narrowed down our choices. Our server helped us make the right ones. I had the Veal Piccatta, my friend had the Sunday Gravy.. wow! It was delicious. Oh wait, i forgot to mention the Caprese salad, it was home made mozzarella with a killer balsamic reduction. We also share the Fried Ravioli. So back to the Gravy and Picatta.. the sauce was so buttery and the veal melted in my mouth. I recommend getting the sauteed spinach too.. yummo! The wine list was very reasonably priced with a great selection. We had the Tantrum, it was a blend of Pinot Noir and something else. Went great with the food, (oh our server also recommened this one.) Then onto dessert.. all I can say is HOLY CANNOLI. If you have ever been to NY, then this will take you back. All in all, I had a great time. The service was attentive, informative and fun. The food was just the same. I hear they own Mother's Bistro also, so I will be sure to try that next.

Pros: service, food and everything else.

Cons: not open for lunch..

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Wow! What a great place! I moved to Portland from New York some years back and have been searching for this kind of food since I got here. Had their home made mozzarella and it melted in my mouth. And their chicken parmesan was the best I ever had. I can see the issue with tables -- it's a big room, so there's not really a quiet corner, but our server was great even on a busy Friday night. I would definitely go back...maybe even tomorrow!

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Wow! What a great place! I moved to Portland from New York some years back and have been searching for this kind of food since I got here. Had their home made mozzarella and it melted in my mouth. And their chicken parmesan was the best I ever had. I can see the issue with tables -- it's a big room, so there's not really a quiet corner, but our server was great even on a busy Friday night. I would definitely go back...maybe even tomorrow!

Pros: Delicious food from my home town

Cons: tables are close together

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Our first trip here was nice. Tonight was horrible. Our food was delivered to the table right next to us (arm length away). The woman returned the wrong order while the gentleman began eating his. The waiter then came out and got his plate- stating it was the wrong order too. We watched him walk to the kitchen and within seconds return with the same two plates! Mine (that went to the woman) was cold, my partners was the previously eaten dish! When we confronted the waiter he said it was a fresh dish. We pointed out that it had been stirred up and parm cheese sprinkled on one side of it. We asked to speak to the manager, she was embarrassed and stated she would get us fresh food and take care of the meal. She even added "and please feel free to order dessert as well." Fresh food came, although my side dish never did come. After our plates were cleared the server asked about dessert. My partner ordered a canoli to go and I asked to see a dessert menu. The server returned with the check! He stated he took off our appetizers (soup and salad) and have a good night! The manager rushed over to grab the check. Then she returned it with a balance of $19 for our drinks. My dessert order was never taken. We inquired why she charged us for the 2 drinks we ordered at the start of the meal and her response was "didn't you order drinks?" .... yes, well we also ordered a fresh meal not a plate of food that our neighboring table had just taken bites out of! Are you kidding! We asked why she had said that she was taking care of our check. Our total check was only $50 (if you take our the side dish that I never got) and she wanted us to pay the $19 for drinks. Finally she grabbed the check stating "fine, I will just take care of it". The two neighboring tables, including the one we shared our plate with, were equally appalled. I can't remember the last time we left less then a 20% tip, this was the first time in all my years to leave no tip. Be careful...

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Our first trip here was nice. Tonight was horrible. Our food was delivered to the table right next to us (arm length away). The woman returned the wrong order while the gentleman began eating his. The waiter then came out and got his plate- stating it was the wrong order too. We watched him walk to the kitchen and within seconds return with the same two plates! Mine (that went to the woman) was cold, my partners was the previously eaten dish! When we confronted the waiter he said it was a fresh dish. We pointed out that it had been stirred up and parm cheese sprinkled on one side of it. We asked to speak to the manager, she was embarrassed and stated she would get us fresh food and take care of the meal. She even added "and please feel free to order dessert as well." Fresh food came, although my side dish never did come. After our plates were cleared the server asked about dessert. My partner ordered a canoli to go and I asked to see a dessert menu. The server returned with the check! He stated he took off our appetizers (soup and salad) and have a good night! The manager rushed over to grab the check. Then she returned it with a balance of $19 for our drinks. My dessert order was never taken. We inquired why she charged us for the 2 drinks we ordered at the start of the meal and her response was "didn't you order drinks?" .... yes, well we also ordered a fresh meal not a plate of food that our neighboring table had just taken bites out of! Are you kidding! We asked why she had said that she was taking care of our check. Our total check was only $50 (if you take our the side dish that I never got) and she wanted us to pay the $19 for drinks. Finally she grabbed the check stating "fine, I will just take care of it". The two neighboring tables, including the one we shared our plate with, were equally appalled. I can't remember the last time we left less then a 20% tip, this was the first time in all my years to leave no tip. Be careful...

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Food was Delish!! Service typical for Portland = lazy. I made reservations for my best friends birthday, and requested a nice table. On a Tuesday it was busy, but not full we were sat @ a small table in the middle of the restaurant (not my idea of a nice table). I'll try it 1 more time to see if it is worth frequenting.

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★★★★☆

Food was Delish!! Service typical for Portland = lazy. I made reservations for my best friends birthday, and requested a nice table. On a Tuesday it was busy, but not full we were sat @ a small table in the middle of the restaurant (not my idea of a nice table). I'll try it 1 more time to see if it is worth frequenting.

Pros: Amazing food

Cons: Poor service

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Where to begin. I am obsessed with this restaurant, and consistently amazed by the quality of the food. The garlic bread, the heavenly chicken piccata which melts in your mouth, and the spicy penne.....The seasonal antipasto platters with fresh selections, instead of old cured meat and the same old tired cheeses that you see at so many Italian Restaurants. My husband LOVES the meatballs. If we have left overs, my husband always orders an extra meatball to take home with the leftovers. The service is not overly attentive, but we have always been well taken care of, and I have never had even one complaint about the food or the service. My only problem is that I always eat too much to save room for dessert! Ask for a recommendation for a bottle of wine to go with your meal, I am impressed with the prices of the wine offered. The prices on the food are more than reasonable, and the portions are huge! Eat here once, and you will eat here again and again.

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★★★★★

Where to begin. I am obsessed with this restaurant, and consistently amazed by the quality of the food. The garlic bread, the heavenly chicken piccata which melts in your mouth, and the spicy penne.....The seasonal antipasto platters with fresh selections, instead of old cured meat and the same old tired cheeses that you see at so many Italian Restaurants. My husband LOVES the meatballs. If we have left overs, my husband always orders an extra meatball to take home with the leftovers. The service is not overly attentive, but we have always been well taken care of, and I have never had even one complaint about the food or the service. My only problem is that I always eat too much to save room for dessert! Ask for a recommendation for a bottle of wine to go with your meal, I am impressed with the prices of the wine offered. The prices on the food are more than reasonable, and the portions are huge! Eat here once, and you will eat here again and again.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Loud and Crowded, but well worth it!

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My first dinner at Mama Mia's was enjoyed last night with four friends. A Sunday night found the place busy but not full, which made me wonder why our service was so darn slow. It took almost 15 minutes for our waiter to come by and take our drink order! Likewise I wondered if the appetizers would EVER arrive, but then the entrees came at a good pace as did the table clearing and dessert.

Our waiter was nice; it seemed odd that the women who brought the drinks not once but twice tried to set them down at the end of the table where no one was sitting, instead of actually delivering them where they belonged. Table clearing was prompt and unobtrusive, so overall, it only made a dent in my impression.

The food... perhaps some of the best moderate cost home style Italian I've had since moving to Oregon. All items we ordered or sample from our dining partners tasted fresh, and were hearty when they should be and light when they should be. Very flavorful, but not overbearing. My husband and I tried the garlic bread and fried ravioli for starters, and then the manicotti and linguini alla carbonara. We were stuffed but couldn't say no to desserts, cheesecake and their ganache covered ice cream which was excellent in both preparation and presentation.

We'll be back. Ah, to find satisfying Italian.

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★★★★☆

My first dinner at Mama Mia's was enjoyed last night with four friends. A Sunday night found the place busy but not full, which made me wonder why our service was so darn slow. It took almost 15 minutes for our waiter to come by and take our drink order! Likewise I wondered if the appetizers would EVER arrive, but then the entrees came at a good pace as did the table clearing and dessert.

Our waiter was nice; it seemed odd that the women who brought the drinks not once but twice tried to set them down at the end of the table where no one was sitting, instead of actually delivering them where they belonged. Table clearing was prompt and unobtrusive, so overall, it only made a dent in my impression.

The food... perhaps some of the best moderate cost home style Italian I've had since moving to Oregon. All items we ordered or sample from our dining partners tasted fresh, and were hearty when they should be and light when they should be. Very flavorful, but not overbearing. My husband and I tried the garlic bread and fried ravioli for starters, and then the manicotti and linguini alla carbonara. We were stuffed but couldn't say no to desserts, cheesecake and their ganache covered ice cream which was excellent in both preparation and presentation.

We'll be back. Ah, to find satisfying Italian.

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I've been here 5 times already, and I can't get enough. EVERY sauce on the menu is completely different... unlike so many other restaurants with their "uni-sauce" for everything. Oh but not here... it's all so fresh and amazing. Then the actual owner/chef came out and dropped by our table to chat. WHO KNEW THE MOZARELLA WAS HANDMADE THERE EVERYDAY. Try the Sunday Gravy. Try the Putanesca. Try the LASAGNA... TRY IT ALL. Oh, and do NOT forget about the Zepoli for dessert. It's fantastic!!!

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★★★★★

I've been here 5 times already, and I can't get enough. EVERY sauce on the menu is completely different... unlike so many other restaurants with their "uni-sauce" for everything. Oh but not here... it's all so fresh and amazing. Then the actual owner/chef came out and dropped by our table to chat. WHO KNEW THE MOZARELLA WAS HANDMADE THERE EVERYDAY. Try the Sunday Gravy. Try the Putanesca. Try the LASAGNA... TRY IT ALL. Oh, and do NOT forget about the Zepoli for dessert. It's fantastic!!!

Pros: Great food, service and reasonable prices.

Cons: A little noisy on weekends.

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I, along with my husband, have lived in Phila, PA all of our lives. We do travel quite a bit ,as well. In Philly, we have lots and lots of Italian resturants. Through a recommendation, we went to Mama MIa's. only to find out that it is the same owner as Mother's Resturant (from the morning meal) We had such a wonderful experience from the morning meal we were relaxed and ready for an evening meal. As I stated we have lot of Italians and italian resturants in our part of the states. The food here compared the best to the better resturants in Philly and N.Y.The manicotti noodles were tender along with the ricotti cheese -fluffy and tasteful. The red sauce is a winner. We like the dining room bedcause we felt cozy. The servers that gave us the water to the person who removed the emptied plates were curteous and warm. We went from very poor in one day to the next day in the city to great. Thank you Mother's and Mama Mia for a Portland, experience.

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★★★★★

I, along with my husband, have lived in Phila, PA all of our lives. We do travel quite a bit ,as well. In Philly, we have lots and lots of Italian resturants. Through a recommendation, we went to Mama MIa's. only to find out that it is the same owner as Mother's Resturant (from the morning meal) We had such a wonderful experience from the morning meal we were relaxed and ready for an evening meal. As I stated we have lot of Italians and italian resturants in our part of the states. The food here compared the best to the better resturants in Philly and N.Y.The manicotti noodles were tender along with the ricotti cheese -fluffy and tasteful. The red sauce is a winner. We like the dining room bedcause we felt cozy. The servers that gave us the water to the person who removed the emptied plates were curteous and warm. We went from very poor in one day to the next day in the city to great. Thank you Mother's and Mama Mia for a Portland, experience.

Pros: Excellent service, tasty and plentiful food

Cons: None

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Mama Mia is a gustatory delight, there is nothing on the menu (and I mean nothing) that is not delicious. My favorite is the fettucini alfredo. Yes I know alfredo is Plebian- the mac n' cheese of northern Italy but what can I say? They use Parmesan Reggiano, it is incredible. It is hard for me to order anything else when I go, but everything on the menu is great. This is also not a small portion place, so if you bring someone expecting a greater plate size, this will not disappoint and for a very good value. Not surprisingly it is tied to Mother's Bistro next door, also very good but unlike Mama Mia's not in my Portland Top 10 (very hard to get in this list, we have remarkable food here). Additionally, the atmosphere is lovely, without pretension; although I would be remiss in not stating that I would feel a little uncomfortable in this restaurant dressed in anything less than professional casual.

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★★★★★

Mama Mia is a gustatory delight, there is nothing on the menu (and I mean nothing) that is not delicious. My favorite is the fettucini alfredo. Yes I know alfredo is Plebian- the mac n' cheese of northern Italy but what can I say? They use Parmesan Reggiano, it is incredible. It is hard for me to order anything else when I go, but everything on the menu is great. This is also not a small portion place, so if you bring someone expecting a greater plate size, this will not disappoint and for a very good value. Not surprisingly it is tied to Mother's Bistro next door, also very good but unlike Mama Mia's not in my Portland Top 10 (very hard to get in this list, we have remarkable food here). Additionally, the atmosphere is lovely, without pretension; although I would be remiss in not stating that I would feel a little uncomfortable in this restaurant dressed in anything less than professional casual.

Enjoy.

Pros: Food, wine (try the Valpolicello), atmosphere, service

Cons: Dessert is not up to par wtih other Portland restaurants...but everything else is a joy.

 

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