Mama Carolla’s




Best Local Italian Restaurant 2018 from the Indy Star
Best Local Italian Restaurant 2018 from NUVO
Top 50 Most Romantic Restaraunts from USA Today and Yelp

Old Italian Restaurant

Take a virtual tour inside Mama Carolla’s!


History of Mama Carolla’s

Mama Carolla´s villa was built by the RH Shelborn Company in the 1920´s as a model home for a new style of homes to be built o the Indianapolis north side. This California Stucco design incorporates a Mediterranean style with a little touch of Spanish and Italian, and can be seen in several houses throughout the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.

Although the house has changed hands several times (it has been a home to several families, a glass factory, and a woodworking shop), its decor is strikingly similar to the original design. All of the wrought iron, and most of the light fixtures remain. Additional lighting consists of period fixtures in order to maintain the historical charm. And on winter nights, a wood burning fires glows in the fireplace exuding the warmth and family spirit of the house.

We hope that you enjoy your evening at Mama Carolla´s and invite you to spend time in our lounge after dinner. Take some time to review the menus of many of the old Omaha, Nebraska neighborhood restaurants that served as the inspiration for Mama Carolla´s.
— Carole and Howard Leuer



Mama Carolla’s features a gluten free penne pasta. Every entree and pasta dish here at Mama Carolla’s is made to your individual order along with every sauce, so we are able to make every dish gluten free (with the exception of our lasagnas).