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541 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801-2735
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Ranked #35 of 241 Restaurants in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The lights are low, the music is turned up, wine is flowing, and the energy is buzzing in the air. It’s a perfect evening and the perfect setting for…Italian food at MAMBO’S. With creative twists on classic recipes there is something for everyone in the family. It’s Italian Nachos, Minestrone, Lasagne, Tiramisu, Chianti, Frank Sinatra, Great Fun, Wonderful Service and a whole lot more… Ciao Mambo atmosphere works just as well for romantic couples as it does for a cozy table of family, friends and children too.At Mambo’s, we serve up immigrant style Southern Italian cuisine in a happening family ambiance. Our pasta dishes with rich, savory sauces and fresh ingredients, thin crust pizzas baked to perfection, and unmatchable service will keep you coming back for more. If the atmosphere and friendly service don't seduce you, the pasta will. Bring your friends, family and appetite for fun, and we'll handle the rest. Come on in, your table is waiting!
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Vaughn, Montana, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This time I tried their Oven Brick Pizza. Usually pizza is pizza, but this was soooo good! It was hand tossed and we could watch them make it from our table. Words can't describe how good this pizza was when it started traveling around your taste-buds! My husband tried the manicotti and it was excellent also. We tried an appetizer... More

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Montclair, NJ
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90 reviews 90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Our table of four enjoyed our dinners (pasta with pesto, pasta with carbonnara and salmon,) however the size of the portions was almost embarrassing. We were staying in a hotel and had to throw away enough food to feed another family of four, which was very sad. The food was freshly prepared and the service was good, but our server... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We needed a place large enough for our business group dinner. The basement area is rustic and charming. Tables easily seated 10 though the bench seating makes it more difficult to get in and out. Service was very good. Food was good but not great. We were able to enjoy ourselves without disturbing the diners upstairs.

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Tacoma, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The food is so good and service is good as well. Family/student friendly. We had the Lasagne for $15.25. Large serving as also tried the papa biagio's bolognese for $13.25. Ribbon noodles with homemade meat sauce baked with mozzarella in their brick oven. So good. Large servings. Best thing on the desert menu is zeppolis a piping hot donut type... More

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Missoula, Montana
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201 reviews 201 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food here is extremely good, nicely prepared and delicious, but it isn't a friendly Italian place to sit and relax, but rather, more of a sophisticated audience with servers who could give a rip about customers. The place hums along on a busy night; great bread is seved with the meal and little kids can proof and roll raw... More

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Great Falls, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

When we arrived with our party of 3 we were told it would be about a 4 minute wait. It ended up being 25 minutes. We ordered a bottle of red wine which was ok, however the waitress forgot and it didn't end up coming until after our meal got there and we asked another waitress to get it for... More

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Orange Park, Florida
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348 reviews 348 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed a few steps from this restaurant and after observing how busy this place was all week, we decided to come here on our last night in Missoula. The staff was extremely friendly, filling the water glasses, asking if everything ws alright, etc. Great choices on the menu from pizza, lasagna, seafood, chicken, etc. We decided to get the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Shopping for an Italian restaurant and saw posted pics. What it that mess called "Italian Nachos"? The Carbonara is swimming in some white liquid. The dish should be egg yolk, parmigiano, salt, pepper, pasta, and a scant amount of pasta water or cream. Some add bacon, shallots, sherry, or crushed red peppers. Thanks for posting pics. Won't be going there....

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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

We spent an unplanned night in Missoula due to a problem with the scheduled outgoing plane. Ciao Mambo was busy but the friendly staff arranged a table after a 20 minute wait. The team were a delight (Ren is a diamond) but the food was average. The Bocconcini Fritti (8.75) was served lukewarm and the cheese balls were too large,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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95 reviews 95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I had a business dinner here with a client, I was concerned about noise in a trendy busy spot like this, but the waitstaff was amazing. They found a corner table for us. Our waitperson was genuinely spirited, happy and helpful...she made the experience better even than our meals. Don't miss this place.

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Additional Information about Ciao Mambo

Address: 541 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801-2735
Phone Number: 406-543-0377
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Italian

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