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Cuisine type

  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • Italian Cuisine,
  • Pasta,
  • Wine,
  • Seafood,
  • Italian Restaurant,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • Italian,
Location
300 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J6
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

Sometimes great things come from humble beginnings, and this is certainly true of Mamma Teresa Ristorante. In 1960, the Boselli family left the hills of Parma in Northern Italy and settled in Canada's capital. The family brought with them their lust for life, great wine, traditional homemade Italian cuisine and the warm hospitality of a traditional family dinner.

In 1970, Giuliano Boselli and his mother, Mamma Teresa, decided to share these passion with their new hometown, so they opened their arms and kitchen doors to the public with a small family business named in honour of the family matriarch: Mamma Teresa Ristorante. 

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa close to Parliament Hill, Mamma Teresa Ristorante has been the spot for politicians to dine and debate since the 1980s. "There's a lot of history in these walls," says co-owner Frank Schimizzi. "We are known as the unofficial 'Liberal headquarters' and the Trudeau's are regular diners. The constitution was signed here!" he exclaims, pointing to a wall covered in historic photos and autographed head shots.

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Ratings & Reviews - Mamma Teresa Ristorante

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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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September 18, 2019

As always, top level service and food. Attentive to what YOU like! Great job team!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

Our meals were both excellent and we definitely over-ate because of how good they were.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2019

Just a great place for a great meal with outstanding service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2019

Absolutely fantastic. It ea my wife's birthday and she had the best risotto ever. One of our guests said the ceasar salad was the best he had ever had. The entire experience was wonderful. You must visit this restaurant. From the time we walked in to the time we left was the best. In contrast we are dining at the Albion Rooms tonight and it is not good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

always nice always tasty keep it up.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

Always a treat to be there - We live just around the corner and love taking our guests to MT for meals.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

Fantastic service and food was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2019

We have visited Mamma Teresa numerous times, always a nice atmosphere. Johnny (our server), has impeccable attention to detail, he has been there many years and always knows how to treat his customers. The food was very good as well. The spaghetti carbonara were more like spaghettini and the sauce could have used a little more pancetta, but overall very tasty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2019

Recommended by a friend and worth every nice word they said about it. Friendly, busy atmosphere full of life with excellent food and service. Fair prices and did I mention how good the food was!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2019

Everything was great. It is what a meal out with family and friends used to be. Great food great service companionship. Something you remember for a long time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2019

Food and service was excellent. The only thing I noticed was that the olives they put on your table prior to your meal were lacking their usual garlic. I told the waiter as we were leaving and he was going to look into it. Excellent restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Amazing food, great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Our server, Dan, was fantastic! This was our second visit to this restaurant and it did not disappoint!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2019

best caesar and lasagne I've had in a LONG time.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 24, 2019

Always a pleasure to be there - excellent service and food. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2019

Pleased to be back, and look forward to return. Good food, fine service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

Seemed like there have been a small shortage of staff on Saturday evening. Despite the servers running a bit ragged, they were pleasant and attentive as they were able. Good to see a new generation of worker getting their feet wet in the restaurant industry. Food arrived to the table hot (the fried zucchini was amazing) and was very tasty (I had the Gorgonzola gnocchi). The wine pairings were spot on. We fully enjoyed the experience of dining at Mamma Teresa’s. Good hearty, homey Italian fare.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 18, 2019

Pasta was just pasta with sauce. Not enough other ingredients. Spaghetti Carbonara hardly had any bacon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

We very much enjoyed all three categories. Will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 15, 2019

Too much food with little taste..better in previous visits..

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

August 15, 2019

I highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 15, 2019

Excellence is a tradition here. The very best Italian food in Ottawa.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2019

Great restaurant will certainly recommend to friends and family planning a trip to Ottawa

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

Food is amazing. So fresh.. service was excellent. Very attentive. Will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2019

First time visiting. Would definitely go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 9, 2019

great dinner. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2019

Thank you for a wonderful meal and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2019

Great dinner. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Food was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2019

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2019

delicious as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Giuliano Boselli and his mother Teresa opened this restaurant in 1970 to showcase the tastes of Parma, Northern Italy, in the Canadian capital. The friendly, warm and welcoming Italian way of living comes to life through the homey atmosphere at Mamma Teresa’s. Enjoy al fresco dining on the relaxing outdoor patio during the summer months. Menu highlights include veal bocconcini stuffed with fine meat and cheese, as well as a hard-to-resist risotto Parma Rosa.

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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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Mamma Teresa Ristorante brings an authentic dining experience to Centretown with their traditional Italian cuisine. Pasta lunches are complemented with the soup of the day or a salad picked by the chef. Spaghetti Mamma Teresa comes with meat, mushrooms and cream sauce, while their linguine alla Tina is served with smoked salmon and shrimp.

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