Marlene Mangia Bene
Marlene Mangia Bene

Marlene Mangia Bene

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marlenemangiabene.com/
  • Phone: 8568488488
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Dinner Tuesday through Sunday;
    Closed Mondays;
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
    Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Polutro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: On and Off-Premise Catering Available. Check http://www.marlenemangiabene.com/catering.html for details.

    We make entertaining easy for you. Whether you are hosting a holiday party, business gathering or luncheon, Marlene Mangia Bene will make your event special. Our professional staff will work tirelessly to make sure your affair is one to remember by handling every detail from set-up to clean-up.
  • Private Party Facilities: Let Marlene Mangia Bene host your next business or family affair in our post dining area. Great atmosphere and menus for Birthdays, Rehearsal Dinners, Showers, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Christenings, and Communions.
  • Private Party Contact: Frank Filipek, Jr. 8568488488
  • Special Events: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All you can eat Massels or Clams with Linguine Nights. $16.95 Mussels & Linguine or $18.95 Clams or Linguine. Choose Red or White Sauce. House Salad and Garlic Bread included.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Cooper and Centre Streets
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available along Broad Street. There is also free public parking behind the restaurant with a walk-thru right to Broad. East and convenient.
A word from Marlene Mangia Bene
Marlene Mangia Bene is a modern Italian restaurant in downtown Woodbury that is owned and operated by husband and wife, Christopher & Maria Fasulo, and longtime friend, Frank Filipek, Jr. The restaurant is a collaboration of their taste, style, creativity and love for family, friends and food. While the restaurant's décor and menu celebrate family traditions, the name is a tribute to Maria's mom, Marlene. Marlene passed away from brain cancer three years ago but many of her "mangia bene" (good eats) will live on in the menu offerings.
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Marlene Mangia Bene reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)special occasion (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Never disappoints.
    Ericapayne
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The new summer menu is amazing, you must try it!! My favorite is the watermelon and arugula salad!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For a incredible Meal
    Overthetop
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Each selection for our dinner party was beyond outstanding. It has become my favorite restaurant. I used to go to Philly for great food but no more!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAB Find
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Tried this place on a friend's suggestion....and we can't stop coming back. Have had Chris and Kacey (sorry if I spelled that wrong) as our servers and both were outstanding. I love that every time we have walked in the manager is always engaged with the clients and making rounds at the tables. The food it amazing and always consistent. I always recommend this place to anyone looking for somewhere different to try. Now that it is summer time and lots of people are down the shore, it's a bit easier to make last minute reservations....so if you are looking for somewhere new to try, TRY HERE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 244 reviews are from the Marlene Mangia Bene reviews archive.
  • Moms
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband, my brother-in-law and myself ate at this restaurant for the first time this weekend and we really enjoyed the food! The mussels appetizer was absolutely delicous, Caesar salad was fress and we all enjoyed our entrees. Peaches and cream cello was a plesant ending to our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always.
    Ericapayne
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I both tried a new dish and it was amazing as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!!!
    RICH
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Brought friends who had never been here. They loved it. As usual the food and service was excellent. the Mussels and clams appetizer was excellent, as was the Chllean Sea Bass. Recommend for fine night of dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The seasonal cello's (watermelon, blueberry, strawberry cream, etc.) after outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    delvec
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Love this restaurant. We Bring everyone there. Delicious food and plenty of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Woodbury Not Haddonfield
    LoveFood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service was excellent and the staff was friendly. Bread with small amount of bruchetta & grated cheese provided. Not a big fan of Ala Carte. Salads & Appetizers cost between $8 & 12. ($8 for Caesar Salad). Scallops Risotto had a nice flavor, but the rice was still crunchy. Salad, Entrée & Dessert -- $50 a person including tip. Pricey for the location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The only place to go in Woodbury
    Usedtogo2philly
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    If you know the area you know Woodbury. That being said go to this restaurant. We left our toddler to go out for a close anniversary dinner after last minute attempts at Saturday reservations. No dice. We got 7pm reservations at Marelene. The food was great and the service was welcoming like they knew us. The maître de walked the room and spoke to tables with a warm charm. We had the veal meatball app and were impressed. Presentation and quality were excellent. The entrees were truffle pasta and a veal with broccoli rave dish. Both were great. We stayed for desert because we enjoyed everything else so much. Normally we skip. Definitely plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL NEW FIND
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had dinner Friday night with another couple. Actually came upon this restaurant by accident but so happy that we did. The food was absolutely delicious. My recommendation would be the veal cutlet with the very sharp provolone and roasted peppers. WONDERFUL! Prices were relatively reasonable except I think the salads (for the portions served) could be a little less expensive but other than that it was great. Make sure you save room for the salted caramel cake. WOW!!! AND they served a complimentary chocolate strawberry cello that there are no words for. That's how good it was. Kudos to the owner and chef. We will cetainly be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful everytime!
    Ericapayne
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I had the Sunday Italian dinner and it was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    KormanResidential
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I love this place. It is such a great neighborhood gem. Wish there were more like this in Woodbury.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three for three
    nostrangertoaknifeandfork
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    So far, my husband and I have celebrated my Mother's 85th birthday, our 30th wedding anniversary and more recently, his retirement, at Marlene's. Staff and owner are always accommodating, pay great attention to detail and made us feel warmly welcome. But best of all is the food! I always try something new and specials are enticing. Scallops, risotto and leeks were rich, creamy and scallops had a nice sear. Everyone at our table of 9 raved about their meals. Complimentary limongello is a nice surprise. Last summer it was peach flavored, this time chocolate mint! Why drive to Philly or Collingswood when such good food is so close to home. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal ...
    BillVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Never disappointed with the quality and creativity of the food or the wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with "the girls"
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    First, let me say the food was absolutely perfect. That being said, I was not as happy with the service. Our server was slow. I am not sure if it was because there seemed to be only two in the room, or that I had my 12 year old step daughter and two of her friends which meant no bar bill from my table. Our appetizers were not brought until a few minutes before our salads. None of the plates were cleared until the dinner plates were brought out. We were not given refills on beverages until we asked for them. Dessert was not offered, just the check. I will go back with my husband to see if we have the same service and that is only because the food was so good. If the service is the same, I will not return a third time.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local gem...average food
    Tinique
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Decided to stay local to support a small restaurant in our area. Happened upon Marlene in Open Table and based on the positive reviews selected and made reservations. The staff was all very well trained, good energy and fairly knowledgable about the menu choices. The overall meal was fair at best. I had soup, pasta fagioli. It appeared and tasted as if it came out of a can (saturated with broth, perfect carrots and very little pasta)--lacked rich flavor. For the main meal, I had linguini with seafood. Again, lacked flavor- it was a ok.Other items ordered at our table, boar with pasta--so so and steak. We are major foodies. Our typical local dining experience is top spots in Philadelphia. I would rate it next to Applebee's quality food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passing through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    On a cross country trip we needed to find a hotel and place to eat. We checked OT. It was the closest to where we were. In NJ it is safest to eat italian. Store front place. Just a few customers on a Wednesday night. We had salads, Cesar and house. They were good. Then I had the special of the day. Home made pasta with shrimp and a cashew pesto sauce. Delicious and garlicky. Loved it. My hubby had veal scallopini with provolone and spinach. Little disappointing that the cheese was not melted with the meat, but placed on it after the scallopini vas finished cooking. He liked it. We did not have desert but the selection was tempting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The shrimp and scallop app
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The shrimp and scallop app was delicious but not enough. M husband's veal Italian was dry. Needed a sauce. My Chilean sea bass was delicious. To expensive won't come for a while. If it was a little cheaper we would come more often.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Love this restaurant. Have been here numerous times, and always have a great meal. The service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Been her before, enjoyed it, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Disappointed this reservation, in the food, apps and entrees. Calamari was over cooked, small portion, Italian roll small portion but very tasty, entrees 3 of them, all different pasta dishes, all under cooked, and lacked flavor. A very large party was there when we got there, another one pouring in as we finished up, maybe thats the reason the food was fair at best. We will give it another try, previous meals have been very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!
    Colknowles
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    OUR EXPERIENCES AT MARLENE ARE AMAZING!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE FRANK AND THE STAFF. THE FOOD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD ! FIVE STARS TO THE CHEF!!!! I WILL RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE I KNOW AND WILL CONTINUE TO RETURN.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Awesome
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I was looking for a place to eat that was local for me. Marlene Mangia Bene was awesome. Pasta was homemade the desserts are made in house. The staff was wonderful. Atmosphere is quaint and cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great little restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This is a great little restaurant. This was our first time here for dinner. The menu is unique, not your traditional Italian fare. Our entire table was more than satisfied with our meals. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was and the service as well. will defenitly be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time flies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    It a wonderful restaurant to eat with your girl friends , feels as though you have your personal chef , warm cozy and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We visited Marlene Mangia
    suprcpa
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We visited Marlene Mangia Bene during South Jersey Restaurant Week. It was a fixed price menu at $35 for a 4-course meal. What a meal it was! The house was packed and rather noisy with several large groups in the room, but everyone was having a great time and the food was delicious. My skirt steak was melt-in-your-mouth tender and cooked medium-rare perfect, and the veal and ricotta meatball appetizer was not only different but quite tasty. Although I forgot to bring my bottle of wine, MMB has a short wine list that you can buy by the bottle (reasonably priced). My wife loved the eggplant tapenade that came with the bread, and said her grilled salmon was excellent. We will definitely return to MMB with some friends next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SJ Hot Chefs Restaurant Week
    ReneDag
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Happy we selected this restaurant for SJ Hot Chefs Spring Restaurant Week. I highly recommend trying this restaurant. The food was amazing. Service was excellent and it was all together a great evening. We did not feel rushed nor were we waiting for the food to be served....perfect !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    sellettim
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We are regulars, and this time we brought family that had not previously been to the restaurant. The food and service was great as always! We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant Week
    BillVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Went with a large group for Spring Restaurant Week. Not one complaint in the bunch. Everythigng was outstanding from Appetizers to Dessert. Everyone said they will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a convenient restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a convenient restaurant for Gloucester County residents. If willing to go early, I can usually get a reservation without planning weeks ahead! Always great to enjoy something far better than what I would have cooked at home!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING, go now :)
    Kcrowvb
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was the 4 courses for $35 Restaurant Week. My honey got the risotto fritti for the first course and I chose the Italian Sausage with Broccoli Rabe, beans, and roasted peppers. For the second course, my husband chose the Caesar salad while I sampled the tomato basil soup (I'm a gluten free eater). For my third course, I got the gnocchi dish but subbed for gluten free pasta... what a winning combination! Pancetta, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine butter sauce... yum! My husband tried the chicken scarpariello and enjoyed it too. We took our dessert to go, which was a decadent flourless chocolate tort. Our server Chris was obviously very busy but never skipped a beat. He was attentive and personable. A+ EXPERIENCE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around!
    Sandi
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Enjoyed the option of the restaurant week menu to try various options! Everything was deeelicious! Looking forward to returning soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very friendly atmosphere ....Service is good.....Food is delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoy dining at this
    Patti
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Really enjoy dining at this restaurant. Food is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group had a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our group had a wonderful experience, food was excellent and service very good. Will keep going back and tell all my friends of this hidden spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Vinnie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We eat at Marlene Mangia Bene frequently - every 6 -8 weeks at a minimum, and have never once had a bad meal there. Frank on the front desk is a gem, and the waitstaff are all excellent. The specials are always intriguing, and the menu is freshened often enough to keep things interesting. Our personal favorite is the PEI mussels with white sauce. Ask for extra bread to mop up the sauce! This time the wild boar pasta was excellent - just different enough but good for a first timer trying game. Diver scallops with risotto - yummy. And every time we are always treated to the "flavor ot the day" limoncello. A lovely end to a lovely dinner. Going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis
    JWoodVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This restaurant is an oasis on a street barren of nightly activity. It seems to anchor what seems a desolate downtown. However, it is safe, the staff friendly, and the food excellent. We had a wild boar Bolognese, and pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage. All outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strawberry lemonchello
    hahill
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Everything was superb. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and were so pleased at all aspects. We will absolutely be returning and especially looking forward to Restaurant week!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were all very excited to
    dianam
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We were all very excited to try this restaurant, especially since it had such good ratings on all the web sites we read. The decor was lovely and the server was just great. Appetizers were Good. Kind of standard. Cesar salad was really good. But, the meat and chicken entrees were a bit disappointing. It's as if they had the potential to be good but ended up significantly overcooked and dry. The pasta sides were very good and the dessert was fantastic. So it seems that we may have just hit a rough spot. I certainly hope that it, because the restaurant was just what we would have wanted. A nice neighborhood spot, fair pricing, nice portions and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate