Ratings & Reviews - Mamma Teresa Ristorante

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  • Atmosphere: 3.6/5
  • Food: 3.6/5
  • Service: 4/5
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Hillary H
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Best Italian food in Ottawa! Great service, homemade food, big portions, good prices. Will definitely be returning!!

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Emmanuel T
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Excellente restaurant italiem ! pas de pizza mais que de la bonne cuisine italienne. Le cadre est vraiment sympa ; c'est chic mais pas trop. Nos différentes pates etaient tout simplement délicieuses. Petite préférence pour la mamma teresa et la carbonara. Le tiramisu excellent, la mousse au chocolat, bof, trop de liqueur de café. Personnel bilingue et efficace.

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nick1
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NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE

This Italian restaurant used to be very good place, but it's in desparate need of renovations. The restrooms didn't seem clean. The food is bland and expensive, The spaghetti sauce tastes like it came from a bottle in the supermarket . Service was average. I used to go to this restaurant at least twice a month years ago. I have been back there this summer and was truly disappointed from looking for a parking place in the area. The menu was limited and expensive. The tables were too close to have a private conversation. Please renovate and find new chefs. There is a lot of competition for Italian food that have popped up over the past few years. I will not go back again.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Mamma Teresa's is something of a legend in...

Mamma Teresa's is something of a legend in Ottawa. I can only conclude that it's because a lot of politicians eat there (note the pictures on the wall). There is no way it's because of the food. This was by far the worst italian meal I have ever had. If you want good Italian go down to Preston St. and find something there. As far as I'm concerned this place is a waste of money. My veal and my husbands was absolutely tasteless and the sauce on my daughter's spaghetti and meatballs tasted canned.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Great food with amazing service

I love this restaurant. I just discovered it not long ago and it is now my favourite place to eat. It's a perfect place if you want to go out as couples, a group or large parties. I sugest making a reservation as they are usually busy, especially on weekends. The food overall if very good, and the menu offers a wide selection of food. The service is what makes the night even better. They are always on top of everything, checking on us and making sure everything is perfect. I definatly recomend restaurant which has a beautiful italian heritage inside its walls

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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great start to a bachelorette weekend

The girls met up in Ottawa to celebrate with our soon to be bride Cristina. The weekend started on a great note from the get go. We all got dolled up for the opening night of our stay and left our hotel for our 8 pm reservation at Mamma Teresa's. From the moment we walked through the doors of this victorian style home, we experienced hospitality at it's finest. The maitre d Walter received us as if we were his long time friends and made us feel welcome. He showed us to our table which was set and ready for us, then introduced us to our waiter for the evening, Frank (or Francesco as he played it up with us ) What a Charmer! And he even knew his job, very well. He suggested a menu for us and helped us choose some fabulous wine to suit our menu as well as our taste buds. Everything was superb. The attention we were given was overwhelming. The service impeccable and the food terrific. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we never left till past midnight. We had a great experience and look forward to going back soon for a reunion weekend with the girls. Highly reccommended.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Probably one of my favorite places to go in...

Probably one of my favorite places to go in Ottawa Highly recommend

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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This restorant has a delightfoul atmosphear with...

This restorant has a delightfoul atmosphear with food to die for. It reminded me of being in italy If you are in Ottawa you should deffently give this place a shot.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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I feel this restaurant is a true gem of Ottawa...

I feel this restaurant is a true gem of Ottawa. The evening was very enjoyable and the food was even better. I would recommend this place to any one that would love some great Italian food and a fun night out.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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The food was good I found that they had a good...

The food was good I found that they had a good northern Italian flavor great quality. Service is great, they speak Italian. Would go back next time I am in Ottawa

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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if you are looking for a good italian meal with...

if you are looking for a good italian meal with a super service,this is the place to reserve. excellent.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Low grade food with matching wine Service is a...

Low grade food with matching wine Service is a joke Used to be a good place in the old time, too bad

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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The steak looked as if it was boiled- grey and...

The steak looked as if it was boiled- grey and rubbery- the italian food was average- rather go to a cafe on Preston St, Another old Ottawa restaurant that can't make the grade with the better new comers. Overrated and overpriced.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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The largest menu I have ever seen. How can they...

The largest menu I have ever seen. How can they do any one thing good? Well at our table of 6, there were 6 things not very good. Even the basic tomato sauce was bland.This is an old Ottawa intitution and has rested on it's laurels far too long. Soory to see something so revered go down.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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February 19, 2018

Food is excellent and very good service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2018

Always great food and friendly service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2018

Amazing service, amazing food. The restaurant is a lot bigger than it looks online. It is busy but not overwhelmingly busy. The venetian mussels were probably some of the best mussels I have ever had. The portions are nice and big and the prices are on the average side, but worth every penny. Definitely would go back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2018

Excellent as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2018

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2018

Always a pleasure! Wonderful food, perfect service, great atmosphere...doesn't get much better than this! Thank you for a great evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2018

Considering the venue I expected better food , been there years ago. Was better. Sauce was blane and pasta was over cooked

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2018

The food was terrific, with very generous portions (we took some home and had a delicious meal the next day too). Waiters were cheerful and friendly, and also very attentive without being intrusive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2018

We had a lovely time - power outage and all!! Many thanks and we will be back!!! Jen

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2018

Wonderful and romantic as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2018

Actual restaurant atmosphere was great, it was cozy. The food was alright as far as Italian food goes. My dish which was the lobster ravioli was quite good , but friend dishes were not as tasty. Main courses were on the pricy side and the service was extremely slow. It took over an hour to get our food. Would not come back here again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

January 16, 2018

Delicious food, prompt and friendly service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2018

Fantastic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2018

It was really great. The food was perfect and we didn’t have to wait too long on our meals. It was our anniversary so the waiter sang to us and gave us a slice of cake while doing it. Nice touch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2018

Franco and the team offer the best service in the city! Food was so delicious, as always! Really our place. Thanks so much, Our Family

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 4, 2018

As always food there taste tasty and delicious. Service was extremely good. staff were friendly and helpful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 3, 2018

Great food, great wine, great atmosphere, great service, great dinner with friends. The lobster ravioli was the best pasta I ever tasted! The eggplant parmesan appetizer was amazing too!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 2, 2018

Just perfect!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2017

My Father passed away 7 years ago and Dec 28th we always go out together to Honour his Birthday for Italian Dinner. It was a perfect evening and dinner was incredible !!! We were thrilled with the service and our dinner and especially the atmosphere. Would recommend it to everyone and next time we vist Ottawa from Niagara Falls we would love to eat at Mamma Teresa's agian !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2017

Food was amazing; best gnocchi I have had in years. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2017

Been there many times in over 23 years and it is always a pleasure to go back . Nothing changed food is always great and service always amasing . :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2017

Great food, great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2017

A most enjoyable Christmas lunch

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2017

Food and service were, as usual, excellent. Mamma's is my favourite restaurant for family gatherings. We celebrated my husband's birthday on Thursday. Service was very attentive and the food tasty and perfect for a cold December afternoon. See you in January for my birthday 😁

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2017

Great spot for a business lunch. Tasty food, generous portions, excellent service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2017

Servers were attentive and food was amazing. Sat at the table close to the entrance windows and it was fantastic. Plenty of room for our 8 guests and cozy enough to still be able to interact with everyone. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2017

There were four adults at our table. We have eaten here numerous times. Our daughter's wedding dinner was hosted here by us. So, the fact that we come back here so often is a testament to the high reputation of this Ottawa landmark. On the present occasion one ordered lobster ravioli which he orders every time he comes here. He loves it, obviously. One ordered chicken toscana. She said it was excellent particularly the sauce. One ordered chicken mamma in lemon sauce. She also loved her dish. One ordered chicken fiorentina. Unfortunately, this dish was not of the same calibre as the others. The sauce was non existent, the cheese congealed and generally mediocre. On the plus side, there was a lot of chicken. This was not a big deal. We will just not order that dish again. We had calamari for starters which we love and order every time. We had one mamma cake which three of us ate and it was delicious, as usual. With a litre of house red, it was an excellent experience enhanced by the extremely professional staff.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2017

Mamma's is my go to dining venue, always great food, service and atmosphere. You can always count on Frank and Walter to deliver.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2017

Nice table in the small room nearest the street. Prompt and friendly service. Tasty and ample main dishes (we took some home).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2017

Wonderful and warm experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Established in 1970 by Guilano Bosseli, many a Canadian politician and celebrity have dined here, enjoying his mother’s Parma-inspired comfort food. Legend has it, the Canada Act of 1982 materialized over plates of pasta prepared by Teresa herself. Her recipes are still served today and include family-favourite staples such as cannelloni al forno, linguini in clam sauce, fettuccine alfredo, and spaghetti aglio olio picante with porcini mushrooms. Rather than ordering individual plates, ask for a pasta sampler and share a few different dishes. Be sure to check out the autographed photos of famous diners adorning the walls.

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