Home Style. Traditional. Italian.

Charlotte’s definitive home style Italian restaurant, Mama Ricotta’s has become an institution, garnering both regional and national attention and praise. Mama’s features authentic Italian cuisine made from the recipes of founder Frank Scibelli’s family. At the top of Charlotte’s list of most beloved restaurants, Mama Ricotta’s is consistently voted Best Italian Restaurant and has served up scratch made family favorites for over twenty solid years.


The staff makes most items from scratch, including sauces, soups, sausages, bread and desserts. The house made mozzarella is famous for being the freshest in town and is always served when it is less than 24 hours old. Mama Ricotta’s chooses the finest ingredients including Locatelli Romano cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, Pietro Coricelli extra virgin olive oil, Latini and De Cecco pastas and Salumeria Biellese prosciutto among many others. Even the Double Zero flour is imported from Italy. Produce comes from local farmers’ markets as part of Scibelli’s ongoing commitment to support and sustain local farmers.




Celebrating an occasion? There is a $3 per person dessert fee for any desserts brought in from the outside, but we’ll be happy to have you select desserts from our menu at no charge!


Warm bold colors and bright artwork make the atmosphere at Mama Ricotta’s inviting and social. The open kitchen with a wood-burning oven adds energy and an authentic Italian touch. The dining room features large booths and tables making the restaurant an ideal place for family gatherings and celebrations. Step outside to enjoy a rich hearty meal by fireplace on the enclosed patio. A private dining room with exposed brick and rustic décor is also available to accommodate up to 30 guests.