Manalu Italian Restaurant
My family has been here at least 4, maybe 5 times, for dinner and every single time it has been excellent! The service is cheerfully, energetically Italian. And you can tell that they are proud of their restaurant and their food. They should be - it's a great place.
My teenage daughters often opt for the gnocchi which is perfect - light but creamy. We've had a great variety of things from house-made mushroom ravioli - to die for!, luscious velvety chicken and veal dishes and simple aglio e olio. All of it is like your Italian Nonna cooked it! Absolutely delicious! And they are happy to make adaptions. For example, my husband has requested bolognese sauce on his side of pasta many times and they're happy to oblige.
This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Frederick. I would recommend you make reservations if you go on a weekend. They have a bar area, a dining room and a covered patio outside, with awning and isinglass for when the weather is cooler.
Overall, our group like this restaurant, although there were mixed reviews among the different entrees. The different cheese ravioli dishes were very good, as was the chicken piccata. The chicken francese and chicken cacciatore were fair, whereas the eggplant parmigiana was less than fair. We did think that the portions were large and overall value was good. A free appetizer was also provided. The service was excellent and we appreciated the chef coming by to inquire about our meals.
Excellent service, delicious food, plentiful portions! A little loud at times. Highly recommend!
Celebrated my son’s birthday here. Amazing food! Great hospitality from the owner Marco ! You feel like family here!
Our 2nd visit here. Food was great again. Only minor gripe, was that we were seated on the patio this time and got a few small bug bites, but didn't ruin the experience.
I have eaten here frequently and it has always been excellent. Today, my chicken parm was tough and it was barely warm. It seemed to not have been breaded at all. Very disappointing.
Always enjoy this restaurant!
Great! As always
Friendly wait staff and great food! We have always enjoyed our visits to this restaurant because the staff is so friendly.
I love This restaurant. I think everyone there makes you feel at home, and the food and drinks are awesome 🙌🏻
Absolutely the best Italian restaurant my wife and I have ever had the pleasure of dining in. Everything from the warm bread, appetizers and our entrees were delicious! We'll definitely be back!
The owner was very helpful. But our service was very slow (we had to ask someone to find our waiter). Two of our orders were ok and the third nearly inedible from a pool of balsamic vinegar (couldn’t distinguish yellow squash from greens). I have other friends who have had a completely different ie better experience. But this was my first and last visit.
Again the owner did try to make it better but I just won’t be going back.
Absolutely the best Italian food I have had in the entire Baltimore/DC Metro area. Everything we tried was amazing, but the Shrimp Parmigiana was perfect! The shrimp are huge, fresh, and perfectly cooked, and the red sauce is fresh and delicious! We will definitely be repeat customers.
As ever, Manalu is the perfect combination of gracious hosts, superb chef and attentive service. Really made a special occasion a special pleasure.
The food was very good and so was the service. Will definitely be visiting again.
Went with my friend and it was great as always! Loved the margarita pizza!
The best of the best! Amazing Italian, outstanding service, excellent wine list and top notch owners/management!
Love this restaurant. Very good Italian dishes. The staff is providing service all of the time. I have recommended to quite a few people.
Amazing Italian faire in Frederick. Been multiple times and always a great meal and experience.
Excellent, authentic Italian food! Everything was wonderful, and the staff was great! We will definitely be back for more!
Authentic Italian cuisine. Excellent service.
It was a birthday dinner and it couldn’t have been a better celebration. The owner, Marco and his brother-in-law, Enrico, who waited on us couldn’t have been more gracious. They are both originally from Naples, Italy and their food is shipped in weekly from there to ensure a traditional Italian dish is on your table. It’s not like going out to eat, it’s like coming home to have dinner with family. If you haven’t been to Manalu yet, you’ve got to go!
Exceptional food and service. We enjoyed the salmon special as well as the shrimp Parmesan. We have tried numerous items on the menu and everything has exceeded our expectations. The owners passion for creating an exceptional exceptional menu and dining experience will have us returning regularly.
Went for dinner...great food, huge portions...great drinks.
Our first of what will be many visits. Food was excellent, service good with the exception I ordered soup and was brought a salad. Trifle noisy, but on par with most restaurants in Italy where we have lived, more lively than annoying. Only minor grump was we felt a bit pushed to leave. Understand they are busy, but having driven some ways to get there, would have liked to finish our coffee without feeling rushed.
Excellent food, excellent service. Best ambience in Frederick. Authentic Italian.
My wife and I are new to the Frederick area and were looking for our new go to Italian spot. We have found it in Manalu. Service has been exceptional both times we have been there and the food exceeded expectations while remaining affordably priced. I cannot recommend Manalu enough. We will definitely be becoming regular customers here.
Always delicious food and amazing service! It’s one of our go to places in Frederick and to take guests to!
Was looking for "real" Italian food while on a business trip in Maryland. I went to Yelp and found Manalu's. It was listed as one of the best restaurants in Frederick -- it is.
Very good food & friendly staff. so glad hotel clerk recommended it! Ate here the prior day as well, and plan to go back next time I am in town.
Words can’t describe how excellent food is, owner is amazing. Waitress was slow but food pays off
Fathers Day! Finally found a local Italian restaurant that gets it! Makes a meal right and great service every time.
Very friendly staff and the food is so good! The owner comes around, checks on everyone and was so friendly with our young boys. We really enjoyed ourselves and the food is so good!
Italian, comparable with larger chains. Food was good but not outstanding. I has seafood rigatoni in a cream-based sauce - I expected more garlic and herb seasoning and all I got was cream.
Great go-to place.
Second visit in a month - NOT disappoint. Service & food top rated. Reasonable pricing
Excellent dining experience. Food, service and dining experience was outstanding.
The food is usually very good here, but I didn't Like the eggplant Florentine which I decided to try. The service was superb, but the restaurant is noisy - it tends to get large family n friend groups that celebrate making lots of noise - this is not a place for a quiet couples dinner!
Wonderful restaurant, our waiter Taylor was awesome. She was very helpful, made some great food suggestions and was very attentive. The food was fantastic, I loved it and it was a very warm, family-oriented reataurant.
Waiter was awesome
His name Zach
Loud but ok for venue...
Marco and team continue to excel!!
Very good selections, service and ambiance, a pleasure always.