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Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant

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1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
+1 317-259-9412
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An absolutely lovely dining spot with a beautiful garden setting and delicious, but somewhat overpriced food. The fish special crusted with Parmesan and cheese risotto wasn't as good as the Italian dish of my spouse. The fish was fried and somewhat dry without a lot of flavor. The risotto was flavorful though somewhat mushy. The highlight was the historic building... More 

Thank Tymetotravel
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Date night with my hubby and we decided to revisit Mama Carolla's...fond memories of food and flirtation from our first date. We were sadly disappointed with the service and the food...but the flirtation was still awesome! The food was average at best. My ravioli was swimming in pesto sauce...way too much sauce. The ravioli pasta was gummy--undercooked to say the... More 

Thank Pamela J
Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We visited for the first time with friends for Devour Downtown Indy. Atmosphere was great and the food was excellent. Serving sizes were large and the small dining rooms added to the experience.

Thank shampt0n
Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I always want to love Mama Carolla's since it is in my neighborhood and has such a cute environment. I enjoy both the exterior and interior as it is warm and cozy and good for a date night. I am disappointed by the food, though, after multiple visits, it never lives up to my expectations. Chicken can be a bit... More 

Thank Lindsay F
Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and very attentive servers! Calamari was the best I have ever had. Serving sizes are huge so pace yourself.

Thank 833dickb
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We love Mama Carrolla's!!!! The restaurant is in a 1920's home and every room is used for dinning. In addition to the inside dinning there is seating on the porches and the back patio. The staff is very attentive and very helpful if you can't decide what to order. We have been to Mama Carrolla's many times and the food... More 

Thank jrhonemus
Indianapolis, Indiana
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76 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

My wife and I stopped in for an early dinner a few days prior to Valentine's Day during Devour Indy. The restaurant is located in an old house and it has a lot of charm and character. Both the food and the service were excellent. Looking forward to a return visit.

Thank CDD56
Frankfort, Kentucky
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Charming atmosphere, and the food was amazing! We were in search of a good place to have dinner while in town for the evening, and we were very happy we found this restaurant. The fried buffalo mozzarella was delicious, bread and olive oil special not ordinary, great wine selection, and delicious entrees (Rosemary Chicken Lasagna was perfection)! The only drawback... More 

Thank mrsgarcia01
Westfield, Indiana
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The meal, the service and the bar was great. I've been in Indy for 29 years and this was my 1st time there. I will be back soon.

Thank RugbyOldBoy
Fishers, Indiana
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

go early if you want a table. good parking for the neighborhood. old house converted. great ambience.

Thank booger69booger

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1031 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220-3219
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Indianapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 317-259-9412

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?