Manalu Italian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
Manalu is a new authentic Italian restaurant by Chef/Owner Marco Pontecorvo. The name was to combine all three of his family members names. MA for Marco, NA for Naomi, his daughter, and LU for Lucia, his wife. Manalu's goal is to bring a taste of Italy and a touch of Naples in the town, by serving authentic Italian cuisine and the original pizza Napoletana cooked in a brick oven. The atmosphere is very cozy and warm, perfect for family and friends. Manalu` also has a full bar and happy hour Mon-Fri from 4pm to 7pm. Happy hour also includes a food menu with delicious appetizers.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.7
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They sat us outside with two huge parties. It was so loud we were literally yelling at each other to be heard. Both my order and my husband’s order was wrong. Server didn’t bother to say anything to my husband about serving him the wrong fish until half way through the meal. Will NEVER go back.

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PatrickM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Manalu is consistently a great place to go. Great food, great service, cheerful staff. Highly recommended.

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vipJustUs
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfection as always! You can not go wrong with Manalu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love your food !! Bartender is awesome .

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Slick
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marco made a special dessert as we were celebrating a 75th bday.

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BarbaraS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had the baked ziti with eggplant, zucchini, spinach, yellow squash, broccoli, and mushrooms. The sauce was delicious; tasted a little like a vodka sauce, and the mozzarella melted on top ( with some fresh grated parmesan) added the right touch. It was fabulous, as was the warm pita-like bread that was served while I waited for my meal. The chef came out to ask how I enjoyed my meal, and the service was on point.

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vipMichaelB
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent Italian food and nice wine list. Great Service!

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cindyw
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

The food was not fantastic and mine was salty. It called for olive oil and garlic and no tomato sauce but it came with it. Nothing fantastic. Appetizer and desserts were giid

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Bass51
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I think this was the best Italian restaurant I've been to in the last 20 years! The food was absolutely delicious! The service was very good and I especially enjoyed when the owner/chef walked around to see how everyone was enjoying it. I highly recommend Manalu for a wonderful meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was awesome.

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Sonja
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We decided to have our Valentine's Day date at the resturant even though it was February 16. The resturant was beautifully decorated for Valentine's day.

We had the specials. My date had ravioli with a mushroom sauce and shrimp. I has salmon with clams, mussels and crab meat.
The food was excellent. The wine list is well thought out.

I recommend dessert. There are many options to choose from. The Tartufo is my favorite.

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CraigandJudy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second visit and was just as wonderful! Service outstanding, great selections on food and wine menu. Our waiter, Maurizio, had extensive knowledge of the selections, was very attentive but not intrusive. Food was delicious, the 3 chocolate mousse was divine! Owner comes out of kitchen and greets customers, very gracious. We live 20 miles away but its well worth the drive!

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vipUltracsic
Baltimore
139 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We found this restaurant on Open Table and decided to go there for a late lunch. The place was decorated all over with balloons and flowers for Valentines Day. The waiter was authentic and his timing with our meal was spot on.
My wife had a caesar salad that she enjoyed with the flat bread and oil provided. I had the lasagna and it was incredible. We didn’t get wine but I looked through the list and it was impressive.

We’ll be back....

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LauraW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food! My husband and I have been here a few times and have always enjoyed it. This last time, I had the special - ravioli in a brandy cream sauce with mushrooms, lump crab meat, drizzled balsamic, and almonds and it was undeniable one of the best thing I’ve ever had. I will always recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anytime we go to Manalu, it's always a great experience. The food and service bus always a hit. You'll often see Marco making his way around the dinning room checking in on tables as well.

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JenniferH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and perfect atmosphere. Casual while still feeling special.

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Bill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always. They decorated the place very nice for Valentines day!

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DorianD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. We have been here several times and are never disappointed. Excellent food and service. Always a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent and our server Enrico was great! Highly Recommend!

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vipDatewithwife
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent ambience, food and atmosphere.

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MichB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are always top notch! One of our favorite restaurants!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my birthday and had a blast

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mixie23
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Spent the evening with my eldest daughter while my younger ones were at a dance with their dad. Was served moscato instead of Prosecco (shudder) but overall meal was good. Large party on the outdoor patio made for high noise levels. Hard to hear specials etc. We love Manalu, but we love it more when it’s not so busy and the service, food, and noise level are much better.

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PamW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

I truly have no complaints. Manalu is an amazingly authentic Italian restaurant that we have enjoyed many times. Service was slow Friday night, but everything was delicious and I had more time to catch up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another enjoyable evening at Manalu. The ambiance of the bar area is very cozy and appealing as is the main dining area. We had a very nice server who was very friendly and attentive, and the meals and wine were delicious. One could make a meal of the pizza bread alone.

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MarleneS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m Italian, cook Italian and usually order things I don’t make often at home. Today, I was hungry for a dish I make
often, aglio e olio. (Spaghetti with garlic and oil)
I had linguine, and OMG it was so good. So flavorful and dare I say, better than mine!

My husband has spaghetti and meatballs. I never eat meatballs anywhere lol. I tasted his, and they were absolutely delicious! Soft texture and so tasty! I would
absolutely order those too.

The server was attentive and friendly. The manager Enrico came to the table and checked on us. Having a nice friendly chat with him learning it’s family owned.

If you’re looking for good, authentic and delicious Italian, eat at Manalu’s you will love it!

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chappy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Magnifico! Great staff, great menu and desserts are to die for. There's Italian food and then there's ITALIAN food. That's how good this gem is!. I highly recommend!

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vipLauren
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfectly timed meal from the drinks through the entree course. Service was impeccable, food was delicious, wine was awesome. One of our favorite places for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great choice! Great food that is reasonably priced. Wonderful staff. One of our favorite restaurants.

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scarlett
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and staff! Very accommodating and gracious. Would absolutely return.

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RobinM
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The online reviews don't lie -- we had a friendly, helpful, doting server and the food was very good. I had a seafood special (branzino with mussels, shrimp and other yummy ingredients.) Best tiramisu I've ever had.

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frederickfeast
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to many restaurants in Frederick and this one has the best service, atmosphere and food!
Cost was very reasonable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant exceeded my expectations! Best pomegranate mule I’ve ever had! Food came out quick, hot and delicious. For as quick as it came out I was worried it wouldn’t be as good, but it was! Great for a date night and even if you are looking for a great meal you can complete in under an hour or stay longer for!

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KarenC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had such a nice evening. The service was wonderful. The wine list was nice. Getting an appetizer delivered was such a surprise. The men in our party raved about their meal. Mine was fine, but think I will choose something else next time! I look forward to returning!

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Kwander6
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We miss the years when Manalu was accessible without a reservation. However, using Open Table has helped and upon two recent visits we found our table and special request ready. It's still our favorite for dining and the food quality remains excellent. We had an excellent waiter today but on a previous visit found our server less attentive. We hope now that Manalu is the go to spot for dining, service will continue to be a highlight along with the food.

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vipJustUs
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as always! This is one of the few places that you can not go wrong ordering anything from their menu. Perfection at its best!

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LydiaH
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was fantastic, servers were great! Only issue was the person seating us, she was not friendly at all, basically rude and dismissive when I inquired about a booth as we were celebrating a birthday.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Overall our experience was okay. There was some question about our reservation. Two from our party arrived earlier and were seated under the reservation but when the rest of the party arrived we were told there was no reservation under that name. The hostess didn’t seem interested in assisting to resolve the issue or suggest maybe someone from the party had arrived. We figured it out on our own.
Our service was extremely slow. Took a while to be waited on for drinks and to get drinks. Food arrived fairly quickly.
Took forever to get the check.

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BobT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Frederick, by far. Outstanding food and service. And, Marco, the owner makes you feel so much at home. He always comes around to greet you. We had noted on Open Table that it was a birthday and Marco brought us a birthday dessert and he and two others sang happy birthday in Italian. Great experience.

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Suzanne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional dinner - both service and food. Would definitely return again.

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