Mangia Bene

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£25 and under
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Italian

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Mangia Bene in Islington brings the food and culture of Italy to the bustle of Chapel Market in London. The traditional food can be enjoyed from the rustic interior or from the al fresco seating. The food is matched with a fittingly Italian winelist, as well as a choice of aperitifs, liquirs and coffees. with white walls, exposed bricks and an open kitchen, Mangia bene has a relaxed Mediterranean feel.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round, would recommend the fillet steak and calves liver. We'll be back (as an Austrian once said).

AB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here a few years now. Couldn’t recommend the restaurant more. Great food, great feel to the place and the staff are very pleasant & very professional. 10/10 from me.....

MA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere as always. Mangia Bene is our prefered local Italian restaurant.

OT
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The best fegato I’ve had, melt in the mouth!

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening with friends and good service and food. Happy customer. 🙂

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great little find of a restaurant. The food and service was excellent and there was no rush to get us out the door. Nice little touch was the complimentary Lemoncello shots at the end. The only downside was they cancelled my OpenTable booking even though my friend, who arrived on time, was seated at the table I booked and I only arrived 5 minutes after the original booking time! They were a little quick to incorrectly show me as a no show....and I didn't get my OpenTable points. But would definitely recommend the restaurant and I'm sure I would go back, maybe not book via OpenTable lol!

JP
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit to this restaurant. As it was near to Sadlers Wells we thought we would give it a go!! It was a great success. Great food and drink at a very reasonable price. Nice atmosphere although it did become rather busy, but it was a Friday night.
We will definitely return and recommend.
Cheers Jenny

AH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a quiet spot with good food and that is exactly what we found but in addition all of the staff were pleasant and helpful which made the experience even better. The food was also reasonably priced and better than we have had at more expensive restaurants. We highly recommend it.

D
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, three of us ate here before we went to the theatre, garlic bread, lasagna, pasta, lovely bottle of red wine, good service, Thank you

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and good service
The food was hot on arrival and value for money

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming unpretentious and friendly traditional Italian restaurant.

PB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal with friends here. Familar italian menu but everything was nicely done.

OT
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff were lovely. Prices were very good.

Wild boar ravioli was nice but lacked something. Fresh pasta nduja sausage was again good, but could have done with more chunks of the sausage

Overall would come back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service and a cosy restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant is very good and service was good. However they completely ignored that we had a table booked, they just asked if it was for 2. If they would have seen the reservation maybe they would see it was my boyfriend’s birthday and could have brought a candle with the dessert

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mangia Bene is not part of a chain. We go there every two to three weeks. It’s not expensive by London standards. The pizzas are very good and we like the sea bass on a bed of spinach. It’s normally full of people who live and work locally and quite a few work groups go there. What else? Well, it’s very clean that’s always a plus. If you are in The Alma pub opposite Mangia Bene the pub allows food to brought in so people get pizzas sent over from M.B. Sometimes on big football nights the restaurant puts the wall tv on.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this cosy little place through Google. Food was great and service, excellent. We especially loved the tiramisu and would come back for that alone!

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate her before going to Sadler’s Wells, very enjoyable lunch, started off with an Aperol Spritz which was nicely mixed, the Mussels as a starter were delicious and the sliced steak very tasty indeed. Good value, nice service and pleasantly busy with people having a nice time.

CM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was good. Both food and service. Would go again if in the Islington area. Small authentic Italian family run restaurant.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food and a very relaxing environment.

CS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious but it took an hour to get it.

A
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Homemade Italian food, whats not to like. It was a pre-show early dinner and it did not disappoint. A very good selection and attentive waiters. My friend had the gnocchi which was very good , and I had the mushroom tagliatelle which was really good too. We will return and try different dishes on the menu.

EW
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, a little gem of a place !

K
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good quality Italian food! It was really difficult to choose between pasta and pizza, 3 of us went for pizza and the other carbonara and we were all happy with our choices. The side salad and broccoli and especially the garlic pizza bread were good too! Wine was a reasonable price. The only thing that stopped me giving a 5 was my pizza was slightly overdone (some may like it like that but I couldn’t eat the crust) I would recommend if in the area or if going to Sadler Well’s theatre.

D
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was lovely, small restaurant, the food was fabulous, we had a combination of starters, mushrooms, Bruschetta, mains were Lasagna, pasta and steak, wine was lovely and cold. Service excellent.

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive staff, great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Great place to eat before the theatre.

AP
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good Italian restaurant, you can taste some typical food from Italy including pizzas with more than reasonable quality. Prices are good and staff very friendly. Suggested both for people coming from different countries and for Italians that wanted to feel "at home" here in London. Service might be a bit slow in rish hours but still acceptable.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time here for my son’s 13th birthday - thank you to Mangia Bene - just what we were looking for.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 7th time I’ve dined at Mangia Bene and there’s a reason I keep coming back! The food is incredible, fresh ingredients, tasty and generous portions. The service is friendly, quick and on the occasions I’ve attended in a wheelchair, the staff have been super helpful in making sure I am comfortable and can navigate the restaurant with ease. The space is low key, comfortable and unpretentious. In my opinion, this is the best Italian restaurant in London!

LF
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What a fabulous find. This is just one of many rave reviews. After five weeks in London eating high and low I can say this was the best food I’ve had. Simply tasteful straightforward yummy food. Just as all the reviews I read said.

We had spaghetti carbonara, cheesecake, and the fish grill sievial which was huge and perfectly prepared.

OT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem. Well worth making a reservation. Pizza especially good.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent authentic Italian food in a non gentrified part of Islington. But very handy for middle class pre theatre dining for sadlers Wells!

DT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and good value for money. Friendly staff, good service throughout. Was clearly popular as people waited for tables to become free, enjoying a drink (although standing) in the meantime.

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service - relaxed friendly atmosphere - delicious food

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to the restaurant for the first time after reading good reviews and it didn’t disappoint! We had the garlic bread & calamari for starter which was delicious, then a couple of mains & desserts. Food was all fantastic and would definitely return. The interior is quite simple inside but the food & service makes up for it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our main dishes were so good and great value but the starters were the complete opposite: expensive for small plates with little attention to quality. Would recommend for a quick tasty lunch but not for a nice dinner experience.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. All home made. Best in London

PW
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Italian food. I would highly recommend this restaurant

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We asked for a pizza that was not on the menu; the pizza was cooked to perfection

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Meal before breakfast trip to ballet