Manalu Italian Restaurant

4.7
632 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JO
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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

Excellent service, delicious food, plentiful portions! A little loud at times. Highly recommend!

LP
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my son’s birthday here. Amazing food! Great hospitality from the owner Marco ! You feel like family here!

TL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy this restaurant!

LW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! As always

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly wait staff and great food! We have always enjoyed our visits to this restaurant because the staff is so friendly.

TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love This restaurant. I think everyone there makes you feel at home, and the food and drinks are awesome 🙌🏻

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

RJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

l
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, Manalu is the perfect combination of gracious hosts, superb chef and attentive service. Really made a special occasion a special pleasure.

AS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and so was the service. Will definitely be visiting again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my friend and it was great as always! Loved the margarita pizza!

JU
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of the best! Amazing Italian, outstanding service, excellent wine list and top notch owners/management!

BO
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Very good Italian dishes. The staff is providing service all of the time. I have recommended to quite a few people.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Italian faire in Frederick. Been multiple times and always a great meal and experience.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent, authentic Italian food! Everything was wonderful, and the staff was great! We will definitely be back for more!

JP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic Italian cuisine. Excellent service.

NW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

FN
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner...great food, huge portions...great drinks.

H
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

TC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Best ambience in Frederick. Authentic Italian.

DJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and amazing service! It’s one of our go to places in Frederick and to take guests to!

JW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

t
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Words can’t describe how excellent food is, owner is amazing. Waitress was slow but food pays off

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fathers Day! Finally found a local Italian restaurant that gets it! Makes a meal right and great service every time.

B
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

TX
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

y
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great go-to place.
Second visit in a month - NOT disappoint. Service & food top rated. Reasonable pricing

CD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Food, service and dining experience was outstanding.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

GS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Waiter was awesome
His name Zach
Food terrific

Loud but ok for venue...

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marco and team continue to excel!!
Very good selections, service and ambiance, a pleasure always.

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