Manalu Italian Restaurant

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581 reviews
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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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KB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Awesome wine! Great waiter who brought us after dinner lemoncello cream cocktail. Excellent! Would go back. Would highly recommend

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family owned and operated. You need a reservation all the time.

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K
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, always great! This is our favorite place among all the great Frederick restaurants. Although a little out of the way and not downtown, it is more than worth the trip to the edge of Frederick. The food is always great and service equally outstanding. Great Mother's Day dinner

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AB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My daughter and I have been here a few times. It is a hidden gem in Frederick. We decided to take my parents there for Mother's day. The service was a bit slow but understandable because they were super busy. However, the food was very good and my parents were happy.

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HK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a comfortable environment.. I've eaten at least a dozen times here and food and service are always outstanding. Save room for dessert.

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LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful owners who car about your dining experience

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y
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

FIRTS TIME -
Though located in a strip shopping center - proved the adage - CAN'T TELL A BOOK BY IT'S COVER -
Despite Sat. nite before Mother's Day and very crowded - service a little slow -
food was very good - Waiter Jairo [sp?]; extremely helpful and very personable. Wine list for basically RED lovers only.
WILL RETURN -

* RESERVATIONS A MUST!

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AG
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is extensive and thorough! The calamari appetizer was delicious and fresh! The shrimp parmigiana was amazing, and the profiteroles for dessert were the perfect balance of sweet cream and chocolate! Just enough, and not too much! I would definitely come back to try more of their menu!

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TW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must try! The food is incredible and the service is impeccable! From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by a friendly host/hostess and it only gets better from there! The owner and his entire staff wants to ensure you have a true authentic Italian meal made with love and attention to detail. Please try the Marcocello, the owners version of a lemoncello. Every dish I have tried has been perfection!

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TM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As an American Sicilian Italian traveling, I appreciate excellent authentic Italian food that’s like Family home cooked. Owner & Chef Marco is a very gracious host greeting Guests at their table and will prepare your meal to your request. I look forward to a Dinner at Manalu when I travel to Frederick.

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HZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Staff is great and the owner is amazing. Marco is not only an owner but a leader for the entire staff. Well trained team and the food is amazing, save room for dessert, you will appreciate it.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Manalu several times and it is always good. We will always go when we have a chance.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and great service. I love coming here and I will continue to do so.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! We enjpy ypour estaurant and recommend it to family and friends!

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HF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Owner/chef was so friendly. Highly recommend, I've already made plans to go back!

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LD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The family atmosphere makes for a very welcoming dining experience, from the initial greeting at the door to the owner/chef's addressing all of his patrons. Can't say enough about this wonderful place, its employees, owners and overall dining experience are superb to say the least!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time celebrating my anniversary with my girlfriend at this restaurant. It couldn’t have been better. Attentive wait staff and Marco, the owner, personally visits his guests. The ravioli special my girlfriend had was “the best meal she has ever had”.

Not local? Make the trip but make reservations- you won’t be disappointed.

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JU
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! The owners and staff all are terrific, the food is phenomenal, great wine list, and deserts are a must.

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RM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed outstanding Italian food including salad, pasta, meat, vegetables, and dessert as well as a tasty glass of wine. The service was excellent. We look forward to eating here again.

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TE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary. As always the food was excellent! I have ordered the special every time; maybe one day I’ll actually order from the menu. Everything looks so good.

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j
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner with the kids. Menu has something for everyone. We had classic pasta dishes, the kids enjoyed mussels with white wine and garlic sauce, roasted veggies, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken tenders with fries and of course 2 baskets of their delicious bread for dipping. Calamari and a Caprese salad was a great start. There is always room for dessert and there are many to choose from so everyone leaves happy!

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b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Manalu! It's my favorite Italian restaurant in Frederick.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was delicious but we were not excited about the wine selection. It was all Italian which we are not that familiar with so it would be nice to have some fall back California wines.

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JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall the Manalu dining experience was pleasant. The atmosphere/ambiance is warm and relaxing. The staff was friendly and attentive. There was a small feeling of being rushed but it may have just been the busy Saturday night crowd.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a lunch or dinner date

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Frederick Maryland area. The eggplant dishes I have tried are quite good. The angel hair pasta was also great.

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JU
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good and they made it special for my wife’s birthday. Great atmosphere,service and food. Try one of their pizzas out if their special pizza oven. Excellent!

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommend

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OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marco and his team always delivers. Great place for a pizza and salad or full meal. Active bar good value wine options

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S
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would I recommend Manalu??? I recommend them to friends and relatives everyday. I cannot say enough about how tasty the food is, and how it seems to taste better each time I go. The wine list is a oenophile's dream...Marco, the chef and owner with his bride Lucia provide that Italian down-home ambiance that makes you feel comfortable in an elegant setting.

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c
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Manalu’s and am already going back for my daughters birthday!!!!!

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LB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manalu never disappoints- excellent Italian food!

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A
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not locals, we finally decided to make the trip and found a treasure! The menu is extensive with a wide variety of pasta and sauces, veal, chicken and fish dishes. The wine list is extensive. We started with the house Chianti (nice and dry) and tomato bruschetta (best ever). We decided on traditional items of cheese ravioli with sausage and meatballs, house salad and limoncello flutes (lemon gelato with limoncello swirl - heavenly) for dessert. And we home leftovers and pizza, thin crust, with enough topping choices for everyone. The staff was courteous, friendly and the owners, Marco and Lucia, made us feel like family! Will we return? Absolutely, but probably not during Friday evening rush hour. The price is very reasonable and reservations a must.

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LR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. We are never disappointed. Great , fresh food.

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a
Philadelphia
162 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food and service were great. Authentic. Recommendations from waiter were spot on.

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, no matter what day it is, reservations are a good idea! It is always packed. The chef/owner always come out to greet everyone

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, service and delicious food for a reasonable price. Nuff said!

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Manalu is excellent, never have I had a bad meal. It is quite pricey though for Italian food. I took a family of 5 to lunch and my bill was very high. Possibly having lunch prices would be a good idea.

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is outstanding but needs to add few more veal to the dish

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