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“Second visit and another great meal”

Mannino's Italian Bistro
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Ranked #1 of 186 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The experienced Culinary team of Chefs John R. Mannino & John M. Mannino (Father & Son Respectively) have partnered with Sommelier Daris Gavin to open New "Olde World Style" Italian Bistros. The goal was to give patrons Great Italian food at a reasonable price point with wine choices to match. We are sure that the Mannino's Italian Bistro Family will work with great passion & attention to detail to try and ensure that our guest develop a sense of home and comfort while enjoying their dining experience. John R. spent time at many restaurants both locally (Nicholas' at the Omni, La Bella Italia, Cafe Society {Executive Chef}, Bodegas & 456 Fish) and nationally (Lacey's Restaurant/ Manhattan & East of Athens/ Long Island). John M Mannino is an Honors Graduate of Culinary Institute of America. He was the Executive Chef of Bodega & 4 5 6 Fish prior to opening Mannino's. John M also won the Inaugural 2012 Taste of Hampton Roads Iron Chef competition.
Portsmouth, Virginia
1 review
“Second visit and another great meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

My husband and friends visited about two weeks after they opened. Our meals were quite delicious. A friend and I visited on December 15th prior to attending the VA Symphony Holiday Pops. She had a veal dish and I had the oysters. Our meals were delicious. The oysters were plump, lightly breaded and lots of them. I was able to take some home to my husband for lunch the next day. The sauteed spinach was great. It was my first time trying acorn squash and I am hooked. We are certainly hoping that Mannino's has found a permanent home here in Portsmouth.

Geraldine

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Portsmouth, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fine Italian on High Street”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Mannino's addition of Portsmouth to their sister restaurants in Virginia Beach is wonderful. I've had fish specials twice and pasta once - all quite pleasing. The calamari is some of the best I've ever had anywhere! It's warm and inviting and the staff is quite pleasant. The wine list is nice with a lot of wines in the $20-$30 range - even a private label that's very good. Love it !

  • Visited November 2012
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Portsmouth, Virginia
1 review
“Wonderful veal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

Mannino's is a wonderful addition to the Olde Towne community. Food was excellent and our waiter was knowledgeable and provided very good service. They have gluten free pasta available and were accommodating to all of our needs. You can substitute lightly sautéed vegetables which were perfectly done. Everyone in our group had delicious entrees. Very fresh. We will definitely patronize this restaurant..

  • Visited December 2012
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Portsmouth, VA
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Food but The View into the Kitchen Terrible”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

This restaurant has really good food but my sweetie and I always like to sit at the bar and the view is terrible. You look into the prep area of the kitchen and the dishwasher. There is shouting and things falling to the floor and bright lights washing over into the dining room. Please do something about this and I would be back.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great ambience, service, food. Superb dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

As above. A great dining experience. Will return many times. Looking forward to lunch service when it's begun. A great addition to downtown Portsmouth with another great restaurant for this
lovely, interesting, and historic city.

  • Visited November 2012
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