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“Expensive Italian Let Down” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Mangia Bene

Mangia Bene
2301 Del Prado Blvd #870, Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 673-8290
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Ranked #147 of 319 restaurants in Cape Coral
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Fort Myers, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Expensive Italian Let Down”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

After deciding to visit Mangia Bene based on the positive reviews we'd seen, our experience was a tragic disappointment. When you walk in, it seems quaint enough, like it could be one of those dynamite holes in the wall whose secrets are only told by word of mouth. I was craving garlic bread or garlic knots, neither of which were available on the menu. A few specials were posted, including the Mediterranean Chicken, which I decided to try ($17.99). My husband ordered the Tilapia Limon ($16.99). We were offered soup or salad with our meals. I got the house salad and he was upcharged $2.50 for a Caesar (not sure why, since it's just lettuce, cheese and croutons). The waitress brought garlic rolls out after we ordered (surprise - they do have them!) and they satisfied my craving but were nothing more than Hawaiian rolls brushed with butter and garlic... Not really authentic. Next came the salads. The Caesar looked normal enough, but the garden salad was a sad handful of iceberg lettuce with two half-slices of cucumber, two fingertip-sized grape tomatoes and a sprinkle of colorless "red" cabbage. This would foreshadow what we could expect for the rest of our meal. The entrees arrived and unimpressed looks were exchanged across the table. The presentation of both were less than appealing. The Tilapia Limon sat in a pool of watery yellow sauce, accompanied by a small bowl of spaghetti and liquid marinara on the side. The Mediterranean Chicken, supposedly marinated and accompanied by pineapples and mushrooms, served with risotto, looked just as appealing as the salad (not very). As we tested our dinners, it became very apparent that the tilapia was a frozen filet, tasteless and without texture. The mushrooms and pineapple topping the chicken were obviously canned cuts, and the "risotto" was nothing more than sticky white rice. Neither dish was what we expected for nearly $20 per person. If we were looking for a mediocre dinner, we would have saved $20 and eaten across the street at Applebees (or spent our $40 at other local eateries that actually serve quality food). Not to mention, the waitress couldn't keep my husband's drink full, even though there were only two other tables occupied in the entire place (neither of which she was serving). Finally, the covered tables seemed intimate and cute at first, but allowed us to hear every detail of a neighboring table's conversation. We were so disappointed with the entire experience and couldn't believe the great ratings Mangia Bene has scored. Did we order the wrong things? Was it an off night? I highly doubt we'll be back to find out.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Cape Coral, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Italian food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Nothing fancy, nothing terrific. The wait staff seemed apathetic and not very attentive. Plain food - small portions.

Visited February 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Best Pizza In the Cape Coral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I am from NJ, and this is th BEST pizza by far in the Cape Coral area! I've ate at other pizza restaurant's in the area and nothing is compare to this. A happy new customer :)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Coral, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, Excellent Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We go here often prior to a movie, the food is good, they only have a beer and wine license but that is fine. Service can be slow, on the friendliness scale they are just average. We go here quite a bit and yet are never treated like a regular. Which is disappointing. The food has always been good, hot and tasty reasonable and lareg portions. It is slow to come out and on a couple occasions we felt rushed as we were going somewhere after and waited a long for our dinner. It is cute inside however, cozy.

Visited January 2013
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Tiny restaurant with super food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our family was visiting and we stopped by for a takeout dinner for 6. Suprisingly good variety of Italian dishes. Even the grandkids thought it was great

Visited October 2012
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