Manalu Italian Restaurant

4.9
873 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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ejnorton
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, everything cooked & presented perfectly. Service professional, friendly, & helpful. No criticisms, just accolades.

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DianeW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the homemade pasta and the pesto sauces. Great flavors!!

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JulieC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The pizza is delicious! The pasta dishes are very good, just a little heavy on the sauce. Service was excellent!

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MarkM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Will definitely be going back. Be sure to make a reservation.

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vipChimafan
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very good wine selection. Marco is a connoisseur!

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VincentB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food for a great price. My service was very good and the waiter was great!

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vipJustUs
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch all the way around.

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Victoria
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

from the pre dinner drinks and appetizers, thru the entrees, desserts, and after dinner lemoncello… spectacular tastes and warm service. a lovely evening here.

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TerriM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was delicious as always. Service is a
Awesome too.

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SamH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and a great atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and pleasant.

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MichaelC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Very delicious and the bread with olive oil mix is to die for!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian cuisine at an unbeatable price!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went as a family for my wife’s birthday and the food/service was excellent! The food was delicious and our server was very attentive and brought a special dessert for the wife and the staff sang happy birthday in Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian cuisine

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Huddy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Great wine list and cozy atmosphere. Pizzas and pastas we're delicious. Fantastic service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff seemed stretched and didn’t lend to great experience over holidays. Food was ok.

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Luv2frap
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has quickly become our favorite for all of our special celebrations as well as our everyday "go to." The food is authentic and always excellent. The staff and mangement are top notch. Highly recommended. Margarita pizza is second to none, cocktails are stupendous and wines are delicious. 10/10

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vipBradR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food here. Service was great also. Will keep coming back!

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vipJustUs
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent, as usual

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ShawnG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco provides and exceptional experience from his personalize service and impeccable food. We love going there

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Erin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal and great time. The food is our favorite, it's a great small business to support.

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OpenTable Diner
Querétaro
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, will definitely return.

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GiovanniMaggio
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, fantastic food, fantastic environment. Will be visiting regularly

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KarKar
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent....the service was wonderful, especially since the restaurant was very busy for a Tuesday. It was our first time there and we will certainly be back!

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vipLarry
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My cousin's and I enjoyed our first reunion since the pandemic. It was a lovely three hours at my favorite Italian restaurant in Frederick. I had the ravioli special stuffed with mushrooms and complemented with shrimp, spinach, and blush sauce. It was magnificent. I love that the chef always stops at my table to greet me. I pay respects to him and his wonderful creations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great service. Fredericks hidden secret!

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vipJeanne
New England
78 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a local friend, and we were not disappointed! This is old world Italian service. Everyone cares at Manalu! The food reminded me of dining in Italy. The chef/owner visiting our table was a treat. Please don’t change a single thing! Perfect!

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RobR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When scheduling on Open Table, I had marked that this was an anniversary dinner. After a perfect meal and paying the bill, our party was asked to stay to speak with the manager. He brought out a dessert tray with Happy Anniversary spelled out in raspberry sauce. Great ending!

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vipKHen
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Another fabulous meal. Haven’t been inside since before the pandemic. I’ve missed their food!

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DigitalJim
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole dining experience was excellent. From service, food, and price Manalu was top-notch in every way.

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ToniP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is fantastic! Highly recommend! We will be returning.

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JBinMD
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Was a great birthday celebration. Food is quality and efficient, wonderful staff.

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David
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not only the best Italian restaurant in Frederick but maybe the best overall eatery in town.

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vipJiminpotomac
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience at Manalu! Outstanding service, ambiance, and the food is the finest Italian I’ve experienced in the DC metro area. Brought my family for a meal last night, and so glad I did. The wait staff is exemplary, as well. Manalu is busy for a reason! Thank you again fior yet another outstanding dining experience.

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AllisonB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I really enjoyed the food and the family friendly atmosphere. It was a bit busy.

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SandraW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! Our server is always polite, friendly and very patient.

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vipPoppy9100
South Dakota
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The place was packed and the wait between courses was quite long.

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KathyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent choice when deciding where to have a celebration or a bite to eat.

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Manalu Italian Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 873 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.