Manalu Italian Restaurant

4.8
826 reviews
$30 and under
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.
What 826 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
4.7
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vipMichael
West Virginia
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is great it is a must go to !!

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Sean
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Would highly recommend!

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vipBobS
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great as always. Service was slower than usual but they were slammed so this understandable.

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LisaN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu selection and specials. Food was delicious!! Service was great. We had a wonderful dinner with friends. Thank you!

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MarilynnT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful night celebrating our daughters birthday!!! Thanks for a wonderful evening!!!☀️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have the best Italian food in Frederick!

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MichaelK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A good restaurant has good food. A great restaurant has consistently great food and an engaged owner. Marco, the owner, is always on the floor, greeting and treating his guests like they are family. The food never let's you down, the desserts are fantastic and his specials should be requested on most every visit. Not local? Make the drive - you won't be disappointed.

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MichelleE
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are excellent. The owner Marco goes around to all the tables to say hello.

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thomasw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we hadn't been in a couple of years because we had been doing italian at fratelli's (which is also a very good restaurant) but our birthday guests wanted to go back to manalu and we are very happy that we did. it was jammed at 6:30 and we were glad we had reservations. drinks were good, we skipped appetizers, feeling that salads and entrees would be more than enough and they were. pacing of drinks, salads and entrees was perfect -- no rush whatsoever. and the maitre'd himself came out with homemade limoncello and a wonderful dessert for the four of us. dinner prices were great too. we will visit manalu much sooner now because of this wonderful experience and the great food!!

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vipSuzieQ
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favorite restaurant. Owner and his staff are simply fantastic. The food is out of this world!! Can't wait to go back soon. :)

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EdwardP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were so happy to be back. We weren't expecting the Happy Anniversary treat. Thank you so much. You will be highly recommended. See you again soon.

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DanJae
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love going to Manalu. They have the best Italian food and their service is always great.

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Bill
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, the food was superb and the service was outstanding.

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner! We enjoyed everything from apps to dessert.

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MarilynnT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal! We celebrated our sons birthday and it was perfect!!!☀️

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AnitaL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner

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NCvisitor
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service and food. We appreciated that we could make a reservation for an outdoor table. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary which I mentioned when we checked in and they remembered it a few hours later after we ate dinner and surprised us with a dessert we could share with our friends.

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MaryF
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first visit and definitely will return Awesome menu

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Toni
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal, love this gem in our town.

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Fred
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, charming European ambience and pace, authentic flavors. To quote Mary Berry, "well worth the calories".

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MikeW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Marco is the best restaurant owner in town without compare. His staff is excellent and his food is better. Dani at the bar is amazing. She doesn’t forget a thing and makes everyone feel special. The Altec guys.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Manalu's. One of my favorites!

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KathleenB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food! Outstanding service! Marco is gracious and kind. The house made lemoncello is phenomenal.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian food I’ve ever had!

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Timay
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I really should not be giving rave reviews for Manalu...it already is too busy for my taste (pun intended). The owners are omnipresent, the food fantastic, service always pleasant and efficient...all that is lacking is a scenic view from a Tuscan hill.

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vipMelissaF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Excellent pizza! Good Tartufo. We did not agree with waiter's assessment of wine.

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GaryB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The resturant was recommend by our daughter and son-in-law and it did not disappoint. We chose the dish that is my daughter's favorite; the black ravolli stuffed with lobster and served with shrimp, scallops and crab. It was unbelievable!!! My wife had a sald and I had a bowl of Pasta Fagolia and topped it all off with Cream Brule. The food was fantastic and the service was as good.

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Hunt
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Not our first visit to Manalu and certainly not our last! The food was excellent...make that superb, the service attentive without being intrusive, and the cost reasonable. While Manalu would be characterized as Casual Dining, its many attributes make it equally suitable for 'occasion' dining as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great overall dining experience at Manalu. If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant with quality food that is reasonably priced… look no further.

This is more than a fantastic establishment and the owners are bringing back what the dining experience should be like!! Greeting you right as you walk in, fantastic service throughout the entire experience, and an overall friendly atmosphere where you can truly enjoy your meal. They also have a really nice bar that seems to always be full.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant. The owner is always present and engaged to ensure a good experience.

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kalexismoore
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb experience! Everything the birthday girl wanted and more! Danielle, our server, was so kind and thoughtful and made excellent recommendations. The food was phenomenal! We will surely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was great as always. Service is usually a bit better

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KathyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never a disappointment! Excellent food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service! Definitely a local favorite!

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Crystalk
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was excellent and worth the wait. Took a long time to get our drinks and menus, they were very busy.
Had a party of 5 for a Birthday, they didnt do anything special for the birthday girl, kinda expected a piece of dessert at least.

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vipRFG1
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matteo did a great job; allowed us to enjoy some catch-up conversation while enjoying our drinks (excellent Manhattan, compliments to the bartender), and then had a special Arbruzzi combo made for me. Always a great place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here and will definitely come back! Great food and great service

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Groverdill
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was very busy- our server was very friendly and helpful. It did take quite a bit of time to get our drinks. Apps and salads and dinner came quickly. It took quite some time for the cocktails to arrive. A table next to us was sitting with their appetizers trying to get the servers attention- also waiting for their cocktails from the bar. Otherwise we enjoyed our evening. We would definitely go back - just hope the service bar was just having an off night

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SandyC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

We had an excellent meal at Manalu. The food was very well prepared, hot, tasty and we enjoyed very much. Two of us had the nightly special which was cheese ravioli with chicken, spinach and tomatoes in a vodka sauce.

Unfortunately they were short on servers and our server was relatively new, so it took quite a long time to order, and then receive our check. The food itself came out quickly but the other service aspects were problematic.

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

This was our first time to Manalu and it did not disappoint. Was extremely busy, we made reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Our server was not as attentive as we would have liked. The food was delicious.

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Manalu Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 826 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.