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“Could be better”

Manoli Canoli Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 32 Restaurants in Chevy Chase
Price range: $5 - $18
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: TW PERRY
Transit: Yes. Bus stop directly across the street from the restaurant.
Annapolis, Maryland
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Could be better”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Stopped here based on good reviews. Arrived 30 minutes before closing. Waited ten minutes for menus. I wanted eggplant and the waiter suggested Mousaka. The green bean side was very good but the Mousaka topping was floury and tasteless and the potatoes on the bottom were greasy and hard. Not much eggplant either. The tomato in the Greek salad was mealy. The ravioli were excellent and we tried all three of their sauces - red, Alfredo and pesto. Sopped up every bit of sauce with a decent loaf of bread. Didn't ask if we wanted dessert and it seemed they wanted to go home. Would go back again for more of their pastas.

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
DC
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great value, really freindly”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I'd driven by many times meaning to stop by at this place, formerly a quaint pop (no mom) Italian restaurant that also sold sausage, sauce,etc... Anyway, my wife and I finally made it there towards the end of an evening and were immediately impressed with the friendly service. They offer Italian and Greek standards - we opted for an all-Italian dinner. The Caprese with Burrata (made right in the house) was delightful. The pizza was exactly right - thin crust lost of flavor, just enough sauce and cheese. They had a cable soccer channel playing. The waiter and the maitre'd were both very friendly. And did I say anything about the prices? They were really reasonable for a wealthy area. I am looking forward to returning for some Greek fare.

  • Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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235 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Great basic Italian and Greek food restaurant”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I was impressed by Manoli Canoli. Service was very friendly and efficient. The food portions were generous and the food itself quite good. Prices were extremely reasonable. The menu is quite varied with all the basic Italian and Greek offerings. The setting is simple and it can get noisy with all the tables in a relatively small space inside; there were a number of families with children when we had dinner there and that added to the brouhaha of the place. But overall it was a very enjoyable meal with attentive service and we will definitely go back.

  • Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Great secret spot tucked away in Chevy Chase”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Years ago, this little spot, with a dozen indoor and a few outdoor tables next to Connecticut Avenue, was called Marcella's and run by the family of an Italian soldier turned comedian and his feathered helmet sat high on a shelf collecting dust. They had great pizza and pasta and the family photos and newspaper clippings were fun to explore. About 4 years ago, the place experienced a renaissance and emerged with a leaner/cleaner interior to rival nearby Starbucks and a menu that straddles Greek and Italian food beautifully. The pizza is still great and in addition to the home made sauces (like Pesto and Walnut) and pasta you can take home from the freezer, you can take home some of the family made/imported olive oil from the Greek co-owner's family. The menu is bipolar, with many Italian and Greek standards and I've never had a bad meal. Its not the kind of place where you'll roll out stuffed - the portions are appropriate but not overbearing. On our recent visit, we had Super Salads and a Greek Salad followed by the white pizza. The pizza crust is home made and on the thin side, though not paper thin. The sauce was homemade and perfectly seasoned. The highlight is the homemade mozzarella that was on my Super Salad and the pizza. Just perfect. You can take home some of the homemade mozzarella too. We finished up our meal with canoli. They were out of the "regular" size, so we enjoyed 2 each of the smaller finger size, perfect filling, drizzled with raspberry sauce and sprinkled with miniature chocolate chips. Food was excellent! On a Saturday afternoon, the service was attentive, but gave a moment's humor. When the pizza arrived, one of us asked for grated cheese - thinking of the hand-grated Parmesan we have gotten in the past. Instead our young server misunderstood and brought us a plate of sliced mozzarella. We went with flow and layered on the mozzarella - yum. Although we stuck with the homemade iced tea, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your meal as well. During our Saturday afternoon, we shared the restaurant with a family with kids, a few neighborhood folks and a few couples. No blaring music, no jockeying for a chair or wifi, just quiet hum of conversation. The old pics and newspaper clippings are still hanging on the back hall, along with some pics of new family members - great blend of old and new.

  • Visited September 2012
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“comfort food en route”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

This restaurant ought to be available all over! "Pasta con Melanzane...Penne pasta with eggplant, garlic, basil, their famous homemade mozarella cheese, "...and the tomatoe sauce tasted like a special inhouse recipe as well...everything done to perfection...our car overheated and we left it to cool at a gas station across the street from Manoli Canoli's, on the way home from Fort Lauderdale and onwards to Canada...the food soothed the nerves and is a spot from Italian food heaven, I Love Greek food as well, so now we have to go back!

  • Visited June 2012
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