About Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
When you dine at Mama Della's, it's like being invited into her warm, welcoming home. Every room transports you to the Italian countryside, where you can enjoy rustic, Old World specialties like Insalata Caprese, Pollo Marsala, Lasagna and Frutti di Mare, accompanied by the finest wines and strolling musicians. While you feast on authentic dishes from the Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regions, Mama herself might be there to urge you to "Mange! Mange!" Delicious Italian food served in a romantic, genuine atmosphere, makes dining at Mama Della's an experience you'll never forget. You'll find Mama Della's in the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. With its cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and even the occasional Vespa dotting the harborside, this Piazza will make you feel like you've been carried away to Portofino, Italy. It's a fantastico setting for a most magnificent Italian meal.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nighly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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What is more romantic than musical accompaniment to a delectable Italian meal? Every night, strolling musicians delight diners at Mama Della's Ristorante. Listen as they play Italian favorites like "That's Amore", "Arrivederci Roma", "Mama" or "Angelina". Or, request your very own table side serenade. Before or after dinner at Mama Della's, guests can also enjoy the MUSICA DELLA NOTTE show each night at sunset (weather permitting) in the Harbor Piazza; it's a musical celebration capturing the romance and charm of Italy.
Reduced valet or complimentary self-parking is available for local guests of Mama Della's Ristorante. Please bring your parking ticket for validation.
Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
Celebrate your next occasion with Italian flair at Mama Della’s Ristorante. Private and semi-private rooms accommodate groups of 8-70, and each room tells a part of the story of Mama Della. Strolling through, you’ll find Italian minstrels, and you might even run into Mama Della or her sister, Zita.
Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The Italian crooners were amazing. I ha ...
The Italian crooners were amazing. I had the special and it was okay. The risotto was a little undercooked but the scallops were delicious.
Great food, Great vibe
The food was fresh and tasty. The service was very friendly and welcoming. We had four small children who were all cared for Well. The opera singers came and played which was wonderful. Eggplant is not always done right. Here it was. Nice bottle of wine for 40 bucks. Never felt rushed. Recommend highly
I ate here several years ago and we loved it very much. Returned in May of 2016 and the food was absolutely horrible. Very over priced for a small portion. Pasta is not expensive, and you usually get a nice big bowl but this was served on a board and it was about a cup sized portion of spaghetti. Wouldn't have minded if it was delicious but it was very poor quality. Portfolio bay is a very nice hotel and mamma dellas should be up to their standard. The music was nice as was the atmosphere but that's all the positives I can give.
Mother's Day at Mama Della's
Mother's Day at Mama Della's was perfecto. We were seating right at our reservation time. The table was set perfectly, got a nice round table in the middle of the restaurant. We ordered some drinks and appetizers first. Got the shrimp scampi, antipasto and tomato caprese. All were delicious and well presented. They provide you with a nice bread basket as well. Meals were delivered later in the experience, nice pace by the waiter. We ordered chicken parmigiana, lasagna, gnocchi and carbonara. All were hot, looked great and tasted even better. The singers came around and sang my mother's wedding song which made her even more happy. We saw Mama too. Overall, a great Mother's Day experience at Mama Della's. This was our second time there and definitely will be back again. Great job Mama and Team !!!
Mamma Della's a very tasty and enjoyable place.
This place is probably as close to a real Italian experience you will get. We have been twice now. Authentic foods, roaming singers, and the atmosphere and experience is just great. Our waiter was awesome, both times we had the same guy and he really made sure we were taken care of. Only thing is the first dinning room area I do not recommend even though we have been stuck their twice. Lots of extra activity and notice from people checking in.
Fantastic service and great atmosphere
Fantastic service and great atmosphere
Overpriced red-sauce Italian joint
I didn't really care for this place. We went on a goof, and found that they were taking themselves ridiculously seriously for what they serve. Didn't think the caprese was very fresh, and the pasta options seemed overpriced for pasta. There are numerous other eateries in this resort area. I'd pick another one.
We enjoyed the food very much. Located in the center of the Portofino Hotel, at Universal Studios, It is a very beautiful location. The service was excellent and the décor was charming. A great place to eat while on vacation. I would recommend to anyone.
Old School Italian Food
Great Appetizer and Main Dish. The lasagna was outstanding. The drop off was at dessert. I ordered the Tiramasu and the slice was more like a sliver. Three total bites by me and my wife and it was gone. For $11 a slice, not worth it. The coffee was so watered down, the room brewed coffee was better.
Food took over an hour
We had a reservation for Saturday night at 8:30. We were seated almost immediately and then the waiting began. We waited for about 10 minutes for anyone to even greet our table and that was a girl who wanted to know what type of water we wanted. Another 10 minutes and our server came to the table and we immediately said we were ready to order. We had the lasagna, gnocchi and 2 kid meals. Bread was set down and then we waited and waited and waited. No one checked on us, no one asked if we wanted more bread or refills on drinks. Our server came over after about 30 minutes and said , oh you should be next. Another 10 minutes and our food came. Food was good, but no one apologized about it taking so long. As we were paying the check, our server finally said sorry it took so long. The food was definitely not worth the wait and we won't be back.
You feel like you are in someone's home. ...
You feel like you are in someone's home. Very cozy atmosphere. There are opera singers that come around and sing at your table. Beautiful beautiful voices. Food is delicious !!! A must do if you are staying near universal studios.
Enjoyable meal after a day at Universal. ...
Enjoyable meal after a day at Universal. Bruschetta app was delicious - with warm ricotta and roasted tomatoes. Kids loved their pastas. Live music was fun without being intrusive. Service was attentive but not overwhelming. Definitely need a reservation.
Genuinely Fun and Delicious
My now fiance and I were celebrating our recent engagement and staying on-site at Portofino Bay. We knew there were several restaurants on-site but we ended up using our exclusive hotel benefits (unlimited express passes and early entrance to the Wizarding World) from the moment the parks opened to the second they closed, so naturally we would go back to our room and crash/prepare for the next day of fun. On the last day we were there, the parks unfortunately closed at 6:00 PM but in this unfortunate event, we found our way to Mama Della's. We walked in a few minutes after our reservation and they were so kind and welcoming and made us feel like we were walking into "Mama's" house. We ordered two glasses of wine and the calamari to start us off. The calamari was so good and plentiful! My fiance and I split the "Gnocchi al Pomodoro" and it was everything we could have imagined and more. We had intended to order the lasagna but they had run out of ingredients due to it being so popular (and I'm sure incredibly delicious). We told him we were celebrating our engagement and he gave us wonderful marriage advice. He also brought us out a complimentary delicious dessert because "mama wanted to give you something sweet". It was vanilla ice cream, home made brownies, and fruit with "Congratulations" beautifully written in chocolate on the top of the plate. We were extremely satisfied with everything and will be returning to eat there 115% on our next visit to Orlando.
We loved our meal at Mama Della's. The service was excellent, with wait staff appearing at just the right time, without too much intrusion. Great food recommendations. The ambience was perfect, and the Opera music made the occasion exceptionally nice. Highly recommend!!
We had an incredible meal and the singers that serenaded us that night were fabulous
The roving accordionist and male and fem ...
The roving accordionist and male and female vocalists were awesome! We found out too late that they perform every night at 7 I believe in the courtyard outside the restaurant. I would highly recommend scheduling accordingly so you can enjoy them before or after dinner.
While in Orlando
Great food, comfortable environment, good drinks. Was there to visit Universal Studios and needed a place to de-escalate with my kids, this was nice.
Great time with family!
Great time with family!
The food was good, not exceptional. Wor ...
The food was good, not exceptional. Worth it if you are staying at the hotel, but there are restaurants just as good or better at Citywalk.
Food was just OK
Food was just OK
Outstanding food. Husband said best cala ...
Outstanding food. Husband said best calamari ever. Son actually ate greens on top of bruschetta! I loved the lasagna, and my noodle girl said it was the best fettuccine she has ever eaten.
Average food, overpriced
If you are going to splurge and want exceptional Italian food you would be better served eating at Bice located at the same hotel. The food at Mama's is pricey and only average.
I took my boyfriend here for his 35th birthday. For both of us it was our first time here. He loves Italian food and the menu looked good. We wanted to go there before the Chris Tucker show at Hard Rock Live and it was the perfect combination. We ate a great dinner, followed by a nice boat ride from the hotel to Universal city walk. He really enjoyed it!
A little pricey, but considering its loc ...
A little pricey, but considering its location, not bad. We shared the Caesar salad 3 ways and it was good. Husband had the lasagne which was great and I had gnocchi which was very good. My son had the kids cheese pizza and he said it was just ok. But great fast service.
Wonderful dining experience! Top notch f ...
Wonderful dining experience! Top notch food and service!
Mama Della's review
-Billed as an upscale Italian restaurant, we found the patrons clad as if they were going to McDonald's. When patrons don't dress well, the ambiance suffers. If the dress code was enforced a bit more (no jeans, no shorts, no T-shirts), one might feel that they were dining somewhere special. How hard is it to wear a collared shirt and nice pants? -The food was good and the wine list was fine. Neither was memorable for the price we paid. -We felt rushed as we were in and out in under 1 hour. Again, not a special feeling. Nice restaurants usually give almost 2 hours per table. The food was on the table as if it was already sitting under hot lamps. -The saving grace was the gluten free pasta offered. My daughter thought it was delicious.
It seems that the Florida resorts each have their hidden restaurant gems! Disney has their Ohanas and Universal has its Mama Dellas! The restaurant is an excellent Italian restaurant located in the Portofino Bay Resort ( also our favorite)! Mama Dellas is located in the middle of their water front courtyard ! The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed and the service fantastic! During dinner we were serenaded by incredibly talented singers who really make the experience special! We have eaten there approximately 5 time and service and food quality never waiver! Steaks, seafood, and pasta dishes all super!
Awesome Italian Meal
My husband and I truly enjoyed this dining experience. From the serenade to the food to the wine. Wonderful!
Great place for outdoor meal
Ate here with family and friends. Outdoor with great view of "Portofino harbor" and an opera concert. Food and service both excellent.
Mama brought our sleeping child a Blanket,pillow!
Pool staff at the hotel was unprofessional though. But we loved Mama's
Enjoyable family dinner
Our party of nine enjoyed our evening meal. We all ordered a variety of meals and everyone found their dinners well prepared and nicely plated. Most entrees are very large and easy to share. I had the lasagna and it was delicious. It's prepared with a bechamel sauce, which I think gives it a little extra something! Yum. We had two diners with food allergies, and they were tended to very conscientiously with the chef coming to the table to discuss. One of our kids really wanted some mozzarella sticks, so the staff offered to bring them from the bistro next door, no problem. Overall a great meal with the plus of live table-side music made for a very enjoyable evening.
Great Food and Fun
Been to Mama D's several times - always a terrific time - food and service is above the norm...solid choice for dinner.
Overpriced average food. Would not retur ...
Overpriced average food. Would not return.
Good wine. Good beer. Good pasta. Not a ...
Good wine. Good beer. Good pasta. Not a guy that wants singers at my table, but it was an alright reprieve.
The restaurant is charming. We had a little corner table in the dining room. Wait staff were attentive but not overwhelming. Bread was served hot and was delicious. Nice touch. We both ate the bronzino--delicious. Very nice menu. The strolling musicians only added to the atmosphere. This restaurant was a nice find. We will definitely go back.
A great Italian Food Experience
The restaurants ambiance was perfect. We were greeted by a wonderful hostess who told us wonderful things about the restaurant. We then were serenaded by a wonderful guitarist. The variety of food choices were perfect. We ordered the appetizers which we all thought were the gem of the dinner. The entrees where well presented but the fish was a tad bit overcooked.
Classic Italian in a Wonderful Atmosphere
This classic italian restaurant did not disappoint. The beautiful Italian home interior is fit for a more upscale casual dinner or special occasion, and the beautiful serenade from the Italian singers/guitarist provides the icing on the cake. The menu has variety enough, and the food was well prepared and reasonably priced for an upscale venue. The caesar salad appetizer for two could easily feed four and was delicious. We made traditional choices - lasagna and chicken parmigiano - both of which came in large portions and were excellent. Cannoli was delicious and the kid's fudge brownie with sprinkles did the trick. Service was great and we had no problem pleasing our three year old daugther with plain spaghetti and ham on the side while the guitarist played Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars to her delight.
Wonderful dining experience
Wonderful hostess and server. We ran a little late for our prearranged birthday celebration but they were very accommodating. We were not rushed to complete dinner nor our little picture taking for the birthday cake and celebration. The flowers ordered were at the table when we were seated. The music at the table was beautiful. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Loved the Singer & Musicians! Great Experience!
I had been to Mama Della's for a large party almost 13 years ago and sadly had not been back. I returned on a first date and had an amazing experience, all of the staff are wonderful, food delicious, ambience perfect and the icing on the cake is the musicians and singer that come to the table. Unforgettable night!
Must go to this Restaurant..... AMAZING!!
Great food, Great music, in one week we went 3 times!!!
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