Mangia Bene

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Mangia Bene in Islington brings the food and culture of Italy to the bustle of Chapel Market in London. The traditional food can be enjoyed from the rustic interior or from the al fresco seating. The food is matched with a fittingly Italian winelist, as well as a choice of aperitifs, liquirs and coffees. with white walls, exposed bricks and an open kitchen, Mangia bene has a relaxed Mediterranean feel.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mangia Bene is not part of a chain. We go there every two to three weeks. It’s not expensive by London standards. The pizzas are very good and we like the sea bass on a bed of spinach. It’s normally full of people who live and work locally and quite a few work groups go there. What else? Well, it’s very clean that’s always a plus. If you are in The Alma pub opposite Mangia Bene the pub allows food to brought in so people get pizzas sent over from M.B. Sometimes on big football nights the restaurant puts the wall tv on.

P
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this cosy little place through Google. Food was great and service, excellent. We especially loved the tiramisu and would come back for that alone!

GG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate her before going to Sadler’s Wells, very enjoyable lunch, started off with an Aperol Spritz which was nicely mixed, the Mussels as a starter were delicious and the sliced steak very tasty indeed. Good value, nice service and pleasantly busy with people having a nice time.

CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was good. Both food and service. Would go again if in the Islington area. Small authentic Italian family run restaurant.

A
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food and a very relaxing environment.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious but it took an hour to get it.

A
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Homemade Italian food, whats not to like. It was a pre-show early dinner and it did not disappoint. A very good selection and attentive waiters. My friend had the gnocchi which was very good , and I had the mushroom tagliatelle which was really good too. We will return and try different dishes on the menu.

EW
London
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service, a little gem of a place !

K
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good quality Italian food! It was really difficult to choose between pasta and pizza, 3 of us went for pizza and the other carbonara and we were all happy with our choices. The side salad and broccoli and especially the garlic pizza bread were good too! Wine was a reasonable price. The only thing that stopped me giving a 5 was my pizza was slightly overdone (some may like it like that but I couldn’t eat the crust) I would recommend if in the area or if going to Sadler Well’s theatre.

D
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely, small restaurant, the food was fabulous, we had a combination of starters, mushrooms, Bruschetta, mains were Lasagna, pasta and steak, wine was lovely and cold. Service excellent.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff, great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Great place to eat before the theatre.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good Italian restaurant, you can taste some typical food from Italy including pizzas with more than reasonable quality. Prices are good and staff very friendly. Suggested both for people coming from different countries and for Italians that wanted to feel "at home" here in London. Service might be a bit slow in rish hours but still acceptable.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time here for my son’s 13th birthday - thank you to Mangia Bene - just what we were looking for.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 7th time I’ve dined at Mangia Bene and there’s a reason I keep coming back! The food is incredible, fresh ingredients, tasty and generous portions. The service is friendly, quick and on the occasions I’ve attended in a wheelchair, the staff have been super helpful in making sure I am comfortable and can navigate the restaurant with ease. The space is low key, comfortable and unpretentious. In my opinion, this is the best Italian restaurant in London!

LF
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What a fabulous find. This is just one of many rave reviews. After five weeks in London eating high and low I can say this was the best food I’ve had. Simply tasteful straightforward yummy food. Just as all the reviews I read said.

We had spaghetti carbonara, cheesecake, and the fish grill sievial which was huge and perfectly prepared.

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem. Well worth making a reservation. Pizza especially good.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent authentic Italian food in a non gentrified part of Islington. But very handy for middle class pre theatre dining for sadlers Wells!

DT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food and good value for money. Friendly staff, good service throughout. Was clearly popular as people waited for tables to become free, enjoying a drink (although standing) in the meantime.

DK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service - relaxed friendly atmosphere - delicious food

A
London
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came to the restaurant for the first time after reading good reviews and it didn’t disappoint! We had the garlic bread & calamari for starter which was delicious, then a couple of mains & desserts. Food was all fantastic and would definitely return. The interior is quite simple inside but the food & service makes up for it.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Our main dishes were so good and great value but the starters were the complete opposite: expensive for small plates with little attention to quality. Would recommend for a quick tasty lunch but not for a nice dinner experience.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. All home made. Best in London

PW
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Italian food. I would highly recommend this restaurant

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We asked for a pizza that was not on the menu; the pizza was cooked to perfection

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Meal before breakfast trip to ballet

E
London
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cheap and cheerful! Decent food; great tomato garlic bread!

S
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but service was very slow. Nice staff and nice atmosphere if you’re not in a rush!

ZS
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really lovely food and great service. The ambience is a little uninspiring but the food more than makes up for it! Definitely worth a visit and quite the hidden gem.

AB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great for a tasty Italian dish and a glass or two of wine!

EL
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was satisfactory. I opted for the pizza and was impressed . Will certainly be back. .

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely authentic food, although smallish portions. Attentive service. Busy and a little bit noisy. Great value.

KC
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family-run authentic Italian - food was good, but not outstanding. A delicious Sangiovese at a very decent price. Can't complain due to great value!

e
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was quick, efficient and friendly.
Would definitely return

LK
London
66 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit but it won't be our last. The service was friendly and the food was absolutely delicious. Very generous portions too.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food.and service as always

AG
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Poor food. Not authentically Italian at all. Service was good but won’t be back.

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had a very enjoyable long dinner, and all enjoyed our meals. The service was great.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I went to Mangia Bene to celebrate my birthday on saturday evening with 7 friends. I booked for 8.30 and although we arrived 10 minutes later, we had to wait almost 20 minutes because the previous group was still sitting on our table. During the dinner there was another big group that was celebrating a birthday too and they were shouting and making a mess all the time: we could not really enjoy the dinner, properly talk to each other and we were starting to have headache because of the noise. The food wasn't that bad, but I expected more, having read many positive reviews. The staff was very kind and friendly and they sang for me "Happy birthday" in a very funny way with loud music and pizza shovels!

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a lovely original Italian. Don't go looking for fancy, hipster, super cool, but a great feel-at-home service, fresh product and a staff willing to make your experience perfect.
Prices are very reasonable and all the food we had, which included burrata and fresh fish was of the best quality.
You will also enjoy a very 90's real Italian soundtrack. As a 30 something, I loved it for its cheesy-ness.

Mangia Bene
Responded on February 5, 2019

Hi Mary Thank you very much for taking your time and reviewing Mangia Bene we are delighted that you enjoyed the food and you had a good service and our team tried their best to make a perfect night for you. kind regards Mangia Bene Manager

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D
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A busy Saturday night. Great food, staff were friendly but quite busy, so may have been less attentive than usual. However, we were in no rush. Reasonably priced meal for two - Two mains, starter to share and a bottle of wine for £40.

Mangia Bene
Responded on February 5, 2019

Hi David, Thank you very much for taking your time and reviewing Mangia Bene,glad to know that you enjoyed the food and i really want to apologize for not being as attentive as we should doesn't matter how busy it is we should offer great service at all times, but hopefully we will look at this and improve. Glad to know that you find us affordable on the prices.

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