Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant

For a classy night out in Broad Ripple, visit Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant. This Indianapolis restaurant is a major part of Indianapolis nightlife, because of its proximity to downtown Indianapolis, Butler University and the happening Indy bar scene. Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant is quant and cozy, perfect for a date or a large group. In the summer months, there is outdoor seating in the beautiful fenced in garden area. A wood burning stove creates a cozy atmosphere in the restaurant during the winter.

Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant chefs strive to bring Indy the finest and most authentic Italian cuisine. The hearty menu features a variety of delicious and pasta, steak, chicken, veal, pork and fish dishes. Specialties at Mama Carolla’s include their chicken rigatoni, manicotti, ravioli, traditional beef lasagna and the rosemary chicken lasagna. To compliment the fine dining menu, Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant has an extensive list of wines that are available by the glass or bottle. The menu at Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant was inspired by recipes gathered from old neighborhood restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska. Owners Carole and Howard Leuer brought their Italian twist to the Circle City in 1997.

This Indianapolis favorite resides in an elegant California Stucco style building that has a splash of Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian styles mixed into the design. The villa was built in the 1920s, along with several similar models in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. The building has seen several ownership changes, and it as also operated as a family home, a glass factory and a woodworking shop. The property is truly a gem that’s chalk full of Indianapolis history.

In order to respect the rich culture attached to the Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant building, the staff strives to maintain the original design of the facility. In order to maintain the building’s history, owners have kept the original light fixtures and wrought iron in tact. The building’s genteel appearance is enhanced by the green ivy that creeps up the outside walls, and the decorative statues make customers feel a little closer to Italy.

Reservations aren’t required at Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant, but the huge two story place is typically very busy. They have a large fanbase that includes local regulars or out-of-towners and Indy visitors. If you’re looking for a cozy, classy taste if Italy, Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant will hit the spot.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Thursday – 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant

1031 E 54th St

Indianapolis, IN 46220


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