Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant

4.8
87 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
In the old world, in a little village near Bologna, lived the real ‘Mamma Luisa’ who cooked and inspired the next generation of family and friends to recreate in Newport the same authentic taste and atmosphere of northern Italian cuisine.

Our four cozy dining rooms situated a quaint old house make it ideal for romantic dinners & small to medium size parties.

The menu features a variety of authentic Italian dishes like antipasti, bruschetta & salads; typical pasta dishes like Bolognese, Carbonara, Ravioli, and the homemade gnocchi as well as Eggplant Parmigiana and Frutti di Mare.
Selected fresh meat, fish & seafood complete our menu with signature dishes of veal, pork, steak, sole & tuna.
Finish dinner with a cappuccino, espresso or tiramisu.

At Mamma Luisa’s we also offer a full vegetarian page together with vegan and gluten-free options.

Our extensive wine &beer list will transport you to the different regions of Italy and you will find also handpicked gems from around the world
What 87 People Are Saying
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ShaMeSo
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! We'll definitely be back. Hyechong guided us through the menu very well and made us feel welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the best meal out that my husband and I have had in a long time! Everything was absolutely delicious - especially the pasta fagioli! This restaurant will now be a part of our Newport vacations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to dine at Mamma Luisa’s every time we’re in Newport. Without fail, the food is spectacularly good, the ambience is perfect, and the service is simply excellent. You couldn’t ask for a better experience, and I can’t recommend it enough. A full five star experience, you won’t be disappointed.

We ordered Insalata Esotica and Caprese al Pesto to start, Ravioli di Zucca and Tonno alla Puttanesca for our main courses, and the Fresh Berry and Chantilly Cream Pie for dessert. Also ordered a carafe of sangria. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and perfectly prepared.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was fabulous, as well as the service!

HM
HannanM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great night here. Love the ambiance and the service was so nice. Great food and great wine!

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, ambience was lovely and service was impeccable! We will be back when next in town.

CB
vipChrisB
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and well be back. Great food and service

LP
LauraP
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed. I was looking forward to going to this restaurant. I ordered the veal chop. Horrible. Fatty piece and raw near the bone. I showed the waitress snd she said, yeah, sometimes that happens. Totally disinterested.

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vipCharlieW
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Restaurants in Newport. Great service and authentic Italian cuisine.

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vipsassafrasnewport
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in Newport. Made with love and from the heart.

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jcoast
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent quiet restaurant and perfect for a romantic meal after dealing with the crowds on Thames Street. Since it is basically a converted house, there are only a few tables in every room so it stays quiet

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Mare
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our BEST meal in Newport. I found this gem close to 20 years ago and it’s still as amazing as it was then. Maybe even better. It is a must for anyone visiting the area!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional service, delicious food!

LW
LizW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect in every way

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service! It was just too hot. AC was not on but door was open. Made an otherwise lovely evening very uncomfortable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint place and legit authentic food!

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vipkathyt
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was even better ,

TF
vipTomF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner, great food and really friendly service.
We'll be back!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and the food. It’s the most delicious Italian food I have ever had.

ER
vipEROS
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and it was like eating in a small house…terrific

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Lanam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Almost there in terms of authentic Italian food. Pasta carbonara had large pieces of bacon instead of pancetta.
A bottle of Barolo was so so for the price.

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vipKatie
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely adore Mamma Luisa’s food, service and atmosphere. We try to go regularly and always recommend it to friends and family. Love seeing the familiar faces of their staff and particularly love Hyechong!

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FoodieSue
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Mama Luisa’s. The small rooms and old-world decor reminded us of our favorite Italian restaurant in the town where we raised our children. Thank you for making our evening with our family so enjoyable!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious Italian food I have had in Newport!

JL
JLMZ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!! The Veal was really not that good, and over priced!

MP
MonicaP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian, home made feeling, delicious!!!!

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vipMbrufke
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just Wonderful. The service was amazing and the food outstanding. They were able to squeeze us in for a last min reservation and although our table was committed for another seating after ours, we did not feel the least bit rushed! We Will be returning.

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vipSuzieQ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dining experience. Food served nice and hot. Menu was varied, although the house made pasta was excellent. Nice for a romantic dinner.

SR
SigalR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, delicious food and great atmosphere. I Highly recommend it

CM
CrystalM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservations. Prior to arriving we had called to see if they could take us earlier and the gentleman said come about 15 minutes early and he would try. Upon our arrival, the gentleman basically barked at us and said we had a reservation for 8:15. Not a good way to greet the guest. A more appropriate greeting would have been, “Hello, I was hoping to fit you in earlier, but unfortunately tables haven’t cleared enough to allow you to be seated”. We could have certainly understood that. We had the Bolognese and the egg noodles with garlic and basil, shrimp and scallops. The noodles were basically buttered and the shrimp was tough. The scallops were tender and done correct. The waiter Robert was wonderful and attentive, he was a positive light to our meal. Sad that this review is not what I expected to write, but given the struggles restaurants are facing, it is imperative to be the best you can be these days!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, one of our favorites in Newport! Great wine selection, and overall a great place for Italian! They book up quick, so try to make reservations early if you can, especially if you are looking at Fri/Sat dinner.

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vipAlexF
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the US. The owner is from Bologna, and the food is completely authentic to that region. The italian wine selection is also excellent at many different price points. The great food combined with an elegant and quiet ambiance, makes meals at Mamma Luisa's a pleasure every time. The dessert selection is also excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Such a cute family atmosphere. Loved it and our waiter Robert was wonderful!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING if you have not gone go!! Nonna approved!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post-pandemic, this was our first time back to Mama Luisa’s in over a year. The food was as delicious as we remembered and we can’t wait to dine here again soon.

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vipPrince95
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience! The ambiance in this cute house is warm, inviting, and unique. Definitely different that the restaurants at the wharf or upper Thames.
The menu had a lot of variety including fantastic vegetarian dishes. The food was fresh and flavorful with good portions (not crazy huge). The service was friendly and fun. There are a few parking spots in the small gravel lot behind the house and street parking. We are going back in two days!

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CarlaM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, excellent Italian food. Will definitley go back. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a late dinner at this Italian spot. Loved the vibe of the restaurant (cool old house!) and the staff was excellent. Food was good, not the best Italian I’ve had, but the atmosphere and staff made up for what the food was lacking. Enjoyed our night and also the walk back up to our hotel, we got to see different parts of amazing Newport.

FAQs

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 848-5257.

Mamma Luisa Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 87 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.