Manalu Italian Restaurant

4.7
798 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall dining experience at Manalu. If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant with quality food that is reasonably priced… look no further.

This is more than a fantastic establishment and the owners are bringing back what the dining experience should be like!! Greeting you right as you walk in, fantastic service throughout the entire experience, and an overall friendly atmosphere where you can truly enjoy your meal. They also have a really nice bar that seems to always be full.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant. The owner is always present and engaged to ensure a good experience.

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kalexismoore
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience! Everything the birthday girl wanted and more! Danielle, our server, was so kind and thoughtful and made excellent recommendations. The food was phenomenal! We will surely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great as always. Service is usually a bit better

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KathyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment! Excellent food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service! Definitely a local favorite!

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Crystalk
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent and worth the wait. Took a long time to get our drinks and menus, they were very busy.
Had a party of 5 for a Birthday, they didnt do anything special for the birthday girl, kinda expected a piece of dessert at least.

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vipRFG1
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matteo did a great job; allowed us to enjoy some catch-up conversation while enjoying our drinks (excellent Manhattan, compliments to the bartender), and then had a special Arbruzzi combo made for me. Always a great place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will definitely come back! Great food and great service

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Groverdill
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very busy- our server was very friendly and helpful. It did take quite a bit of time to get our drinks. Apps and salads and dinner came quickly. It took quite some time for the cocktails to arrive. A table next to us was sitting with their appetizers trying to get the servers attention- also waiting for their cocktails from the bar. Otherwise we enjoyed our evening. We would definitely go back - just hope the service bar was just having an off night

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SandyC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had an excellent meal at Manalu. The food was very well prepared, hot, tasty and we enjoyed very much. Two of us had the nightly special which was cheese ravioli with chicken, spinach and tomatoes in a vodka sauce.

Unfortunately they were short on servers and our server was relatively new, so it took quite a long time to order, and then receive our check. The food itself came out quickly but the other service aspects were problematic.

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was our first time to Manalu and it did not disappoint. Was extremely busy, we made reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival. Our server was not as attentive as we would have liked. The food was delicious.

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RickF
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly and attentive service, and affordable wine list...

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MaxumGuy
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I've been here 5x and continue to come back because of quality of food and very knowledgeable staff.... but this time they really missed the mark. Slow kitchen & poor quality main dishes.

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Patricia
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manalu's Italian Restaurant is always exceptionally and consistently excellent! The owners and staff continuously make each lunch or dinner a wonderful event with excellent food, service and atmosphere. This is a treasure in Frederick!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Great service and amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The waiter was very attentive. Although, when we placed a reservation we mentioned that we need a place that can accommodate our stroller but when we arrived the lady would fix the table right in-front of us asking my husband to pass her the extra chair to free up the space. I think they need to pay more attention to notes/comments guests leave during the reservation. Other than that it was an amazing experience and we will be coming back again for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Called as we only could reserve for two when needed three. They adjusted it without issues. Called again because we were running extremely late and they adjusted without issue the reservation back for 30 minutes. When we arrived, a nice booth was set with things for our toddler to color. Had instant and great service. Food was as delicious as always. Thank you Manalu team for accommodating our special needs during such a difficult time for all restaurants due to labor shortages and insane cost of goods increases.

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vipDDUBRAVEC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with great service at a reasonable price

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JoeB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Must make reservations. People were being turned away.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Frederick!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They sat us outside with two huge parties. It was so loud we were literally yelling at each other to be heard. Both my order and my husband’s order was wrong. Server didn’t bother to say anything to my husband about serving him the wrong fish until half way through the meal. Will NEVER go back.

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PatrickM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manalu is consistently a great place to go. Great food, great service, cheerful staff. Highly recommended.

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vipJustUs
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection as always! You can not go wrong with Manalu!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love your food !! Bartender is awesome .

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Slick
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco made a special dessert as we were celebrating a 75th bday.

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BarbaraS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the baked ziti with eggplant, zucchini, spinach, yellow squash, broccoli, and mushrooms. The sauce was delicious; tasted a little like a vodka sauce, and the mozzarella melted on top ( with some fresh grated parmesan) added the right touch. It was fabulous, as was the warm pita-like bread that was served while I waited for my meal. The chef came out to ask how I enjoyed my meal, and the service was on point.

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vipMichaelB
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food and nice wine list. Great Service!

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MichaelM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Frederick! We love coming here for great food and a very big Wine List. Great for date night!!

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customer
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was not fantastic and mine was salty. It called for olive oil and garlic and no tomato sauce but it came with it. Nothing fantastic. Appetizer and desserts were giid

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Bass51
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this was the best Italian restaurant I've been to in the last 20 years! The food was absolutely delicious! The service was very good and I especially enjoyed when the owner/chef walked around to see how everyone was enjoying it. I highly recommend Manalu for a wonderful meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome.

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Sonja
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to have our Valentine's Day date at the resturant even though it was February 16. The resturant was beautifully decorated for Valentine's day.

We had the specials. My date had ravioli with a mushroom sauce and shrimp. I has salmon with clams, mussels and crab meat.
The food was excellent. The wine list is well thought out.

I recommend dessert. There are many options to choose from. The Tartufo is my favorite.

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CraigandJudy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and was just as wonderful! Service outstanding, great selections on food and wine menu. Our waiter, Maurizio, had extensive knowledge of the selections, was very attentive but not intrusive. Food was delicious, the 3 chocolate mousse was divine! Owner comes out of kitchen and greets customers, very gracious. We live 20 miles away but its well worth the drive!

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vipUltracsic
Baltimore
145 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this restaurant on Open Table and decided to go there for a late lunch. The place was decorated all over with balloons and flowers for Valentines Day. The waiter was authentic and his timing with our meal was spot on.
My wife had a caesar salad that she enjoyed with the flat bread and oil provided. I had the lasagna and it was incredible. We didn’t get wine but I looked through the list and it was impressive.

We’ll be back....

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LauraW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! My husband and I have been here a few times and have always enjoyed it. This last time, I had the special - ravioli in a brandy cream sauce with mushrooms, lump crab meat, drizzled balsamic, and almonds and it was undeniable one of the best thing I’ve ever had. I will always recommend this place!

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RyanO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime we go to Manalu, it's always a great experience. The food and service bus always a hit. You'll often see Marco making his way around the dinning room checking in on tables as well.

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vipJenniferH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and perfect atmosphere. Casual while still feeling special.

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Bill
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. They decorated the place very nice for Valentines day!

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DorianD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. We have been here several times and are never disappointed. Excellent food and service. Always a great time.

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Manalu Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 798 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.