Mambo Italiano

★★★★★
A Fine Italian Restaurant in Apex for the Family
  • 770 W Williams St

    Apex, NC 27502

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  • 919-362-9900

About Mambo Italiano

Hours
Sun 5:00pm-8:00pm Mon-Thu 12:00pm-9:00pm Fri, Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm

Food

Food
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Given the reviews I was a little concerned but apparently there is a new group of wait staff; the food was good and service was friendly. I'd recommend updating the menu (not sure what some of the dishes were) but overall a good place to

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★★★★★

Given the reviews I was a little concerned but apparently there is a new group of wait staff; the food was good and service was friendly. I'd recommend updating the menu (not sure what some of the dishes were) but overall a good place to

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Had the best service, and great food

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★★★★★

Had the best service, and great food

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Took a large party of people there for a special party. Was greeted with the best service and the food was hot and too our liking. They have beer specials on tues/ thurs so business lunches were awesome.

3
★★★★★

Took a large party of people there for a special party. Was greeted with the best service and the food was hot and too our liking. They have beer specials on tues/ thurs so business lunches were awesome.

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this is the best italian place in triangle since comming here 3 years ago so happy i found it cooked fresh and clean simple flavors and if you ask to spice it you wn way they do so if they have the ingedients always freindly servers most

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★★★★★

this is the best italian place in triangle since comming here 3 years ago so happy i found it cooked fresh and clean simple flavors and if you ask to spice it you wn way they do so if they have the ingedients always freindly servers most

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great food, great service, great experience.

3
★★★★★

great food, great service, great experience.

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this person who wrote the 1 star must need medication this was the best service and food in north carolina we were here on the same night and we over heard a guy saying he was gonna hurt this place because his friend sent him here to

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★★★★★

this person who wrote the 1 star must need medication this was the best service and food in north carolina we were here on the same night and we over heard a guy saying he was gonna hurt this place because his friend sent him here to

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My wife and I came in around 7:00PM for a good Italian meal. We were delighted to see that seating was availible immediately and we were escorted to our table by a very nice hostess. Everything was fine for a while, but then we noticed

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My wife and I came in around 7:00PM for a good Italian meal. We were delighted to see that seating was availible immediately and we were escorted to our table by a very nice hostess. Everything was fine for a while, but then we noticed

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Owners, Ron and Bella are the rudest people I have come across in Apex. Obviously these New Yorkers never heard of southern hospitality. I went to Mambo for my daughters birthday party. We invited all of her friends to come along and

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Owners, Ron and Bella are the rudest people I have come across in Apex. Obviously these New Yorkers never heard of southern hospitality. I went to Mambo for my daughters birthday party. We invited all of her friends to come along and

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When first opened this place was the BEST!

Now the food cost alot more, food is not that good, service sucks. I WILL NOT RETURN EVER!

Owner is rude and should go back to NY where his kind thrive!

Kate

3
★★★★★

When first opened this place was the BEST!

Now the food cost alot more, food is not that good, service sucks. I WILL NOT RETURN EVER!

Owner is rude and should go back to NY where his kind thrive!

Kate

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By looking at some of the reviews here you can tell how polarized the posts are about this restaurant. Obviously there are friends, family and employees trying to protect it.\r
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I don't see how anyone would like this place. We have

3
★★★★★

By looking at some of the reviews here you can tell how polarized the posts are about this restaurant. Obviously there are friends, family and employees trying to protect it.\r
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I don't see how anyone would like this place. We have

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Having moved from Long Island a little over a year ago, we feel fortunate to have found "Mambo Italiano." We we're looking for a very good family run Italian restaurant that has great food, instead of the chains like Olive Garden. We found

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★★★★★

Having moved from Long Island a little over a year ago, we feel fortunate to have found "Mambo Italiano." We we're looking for a very good family run Italian restaurant that has great food, instead of the chains like Olive Garden. We found

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How do horrible little places like this stay in business? I mean, really. Kitchen will NOT alter food for a specific customer's taste (God forbid you have a food allergy), EVEN if you request it and the waiter acknowledges it. You have to

3
★★★★★

How do horrible little places like this stay in business? I mean, really. Kitchen will NOT alter food for a specific customer's taste (God forbid you have a food allergy), EVEN if you request it and the waiter acknowledges it. You have to

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I decided to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday at Mambo Italiano, with my daughter and her boyfriend. As we waited to be seated, we noticed the Latin music and wondered if we were at the wrong place. After all, we wanted Italian food. I

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I decided to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday at Mambo Italiano, with my daughter and her boyfriend. As we waited to be seated, we noticed the Latin music and wondered if we were at the wrong place. After all, we wanted Italian food. I

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I took the extended family to Mambo Italiano several months ago. The food was mediocre at best...not much flavor in any of the dishes. However, that's not my primary complaint. We tried the food and won't return, so that should have been

3
★★★★★

I took the extended family to Mambo Italiano several months ago. The food was mediocre at best...not much flavor in any of the dishes. However, that's not my primary complaint. We tried the food and won't return, so that should have been

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Last night my family of three used a coupon from a restaurant coupon website. The coupon was folded on the table and the waitress immediately spotted it and said that she needed that. We ordered drinks and three entrees. She informed us

3
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Last night my family of three used a coupon from a restaurant coupon website. The coupon was folded on the table and the waitress immediately spotted it and said that she needed that. We ordered drinks and three entrees. She informed us

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My husband bought a gift certificate through a restaurant website for $2 that was good for $25 at Mambo Italiano. Two of us had dinner. We had a salad, an appetizer and each had an entree. The salad was iceburg lettuce and a couple of

3
★★★★★

My husband bought a gift certificate through a restaurant website for $2 that was good for $25 at Mambo Italiano. Two of us had dinner. We had a salad, an appetizer and each had an entree. The salad was iceburg lettuce and a couple of

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I'm sorry when you walk away feeling threatened by the Owner/Manager it's not a place I want to come back to. I was actually excited to try the place, but the service was assuming and arrogant, the food very bland. They don't care what

3
★★★★★

I'm sorry when you walk away feeling threatened by the Owner/Manager it's not a place I want to come back to. I was actually excited to try the place, but the service was assuming and arrogant, the food very bland. They don't care what

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My family and I went by Mambo Italiano one Friday evening hoping for good Italian food, and nice conversation. Unfortunately, we received neither. When we arrived, we were seating within five minutes; that was promising. After our drink

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My family and I went by Mambo Italiano one Friday evening hoping for good Italian food, and nice conversation. Unfortunately, we received neither. When we arrived, we were seating within five minutes; that was promising. After our drink

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Madonna Mia,\r
We always have some left for lunch for Sunday as we can't finish the meal! My wife and I order different dinners and get full on half of the portion because its so large.\r
Then on Sunday we switch, so we have four meals

3
★★★★★

Madonna Mia,\r
We always have some left for lunch for Sunday as we can't finish the meal! My wife and I order different dinners and get full on half of the portion because its so large.\r
Then on Sunday we switch, so we have four meals

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Food here is very good for the money you spend and service is always good. I am reading many of reviews which is not about what review should be and it is all about....
"I did not get everything my way so this place is bad". Trying to save

3
★★★★★

Food here is very good for the money you spend and service is always good. I am reading many of reviews which is not about what review should be and it is all about....
"I did not get everything my way so this place is bad". Trying to save

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Found a new italian restaurant and it was great. The food is great, very good service and the atmosphere made me feel as if I was in Little Italy. I would highly recommend you check it out. Will be back!

3
★★★★★

Found a new italian restaurant and it was great. The food is great, very good service and the atmosphere made me feel as if I was in Little Italy. I would highly recommend you check it out. Will be back!

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This restaurant is such a disappointment! Bad service, medicore food and the management is RUDE! They truly act like they are doing you a favor to have you in their restaurant. There are so many better Italian restaurants in the

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This restaurant is such a disappointment! Bad service, medicore food and the management is RUDE! They truly act like they are doing you a favor to have you in their restaurant. There are so many better Italian restaurants in the

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Its true that they don't honor their half off coupons and the service is not great any more and they stopped serving a salad with the meals. Now its extra. What next a price increase? They got too big for their britches too quick and

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Its true that they don't honor their half off coupons and the service is not great any more and they stopped serving a salad with the meals. Now its extra. What next a price increase? They got too big for their britches too quick and

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Logging on with the intention of writing about my family's experience at Mambo Italiano tonight, I was surprised to see that someone, in the same place as I was for dinner this evening, wrote such a negative review.

I've been a frequent

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Logging on with the intention of writing about my family's experience at Mambo Italiano tonight, I was surprised to see that someone, in the same place as I was for dinner this evening, wrote such a negative review.

I've been a frequent

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Service has gone way downhill...my family used to be regulars at Mambo's, but with increasing economic troubles we haven't gotten to go in awhile. I saw a deal on G105's Half Price Hookup where I could get 4 $25 gift certificates for $50,

3
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Service has gone way downhill...my family used to be regulars at Mambo's, but with increasing economic troubles we haven't gotten to go in awhile. I saw a deal on G105's Half Price Hookup where I could get 4 $25 gift certificates for $50,

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We went for lunch and had veal dishes which were tasteless. The tomato sauce tasted as if it were straight from the can. The salad was iceberg lettuce with a little onion. All in all, the food was not good at all. I didn't even finish

3
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We went for lunch and had veal dishes which were tasteless. The tomato sauce tasted as if it were straight from the can. The salad was iceberg lettuce with a little onion. All in all, the food was not good at all. I didn't even finish

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Went in for dinner with my husband, another couple, and our children. The entertainment was very loud to the point where we could not hear our table"s conversation....very distracting. The entertainer "Carmen" was actually watching porn

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Went in for dinner with my husband, another couple, and our children. The entertainment was very loud to the point where we could not hear our table"s conversation....very distracting. The entertainer "Carmen" was actually watching porn

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Three things:
1) Our server Josh, was great.
2) We used a Twongo coupon. The restaurant did not honor the terms of the coupon. We didn't find out about this until halfway through the meal.
3) The food is not good. The seasoning is minimal, the chicken on my dish was not integral to the dish, it was like a garnish (and the dish was chicken rustica!) and the sauce had little flavor unless you bit into a chunk of garlic. The bread was below average and the salad was a disgrace! Iceberg lettuce and some tastekess grated cheese? Come on people, it's 2010, we don't do that any more! The other dish was a shrimp dish and I fear that it was past it's optimal serve date, as it smelled very bad.

The owner and/or chef never came by to check on us, although the service was good our water was never refilled and it was rather expensive. Very expensive considering the poor quality of the food.

There are too many good choices for Italian food to have to suffer through this. For instance, Daniel's is just down the road and is 100 times better. WIthin walking distance is Carrabba's which is consistently above average and even though it's a chain, at least they care about what they serve you.

Oh - and we were both sick the following day. Coincidence?

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Three things:
1) Our server Josh, was great.
2) We used a Twongo coupon. The restaurant did not honor the terms of the coupon. We didn't find out about this until halfway through the meal.
3) The food is not good. The seasoning is minimal, the chicken on my dish was not integral to the dish, it was like a garnish (and the dish was chicken rustica!) and the sauce had little flavor unless you bit into a chunk of garlic. The bread was below average and the salad was a disgrace! Iceberg lettuce and some tastekess grated cheese? Come on people, it's 2010, we don't do that any more! The other dish was a shrimp dish and I fear that it was past it's optimal serve date, as it smelled very bad.

The owner and/or chef never came by to check on us, although the service was good our water was never refilled and it was rather expensive. Very expensive considering the poor quality of the food.

There are too many good choices for Italian food to have to suffer through this. For instance, Daniel's is just down the road and is 100 times better. WIthin walking distance is Carrabba's which is consistently above average and even though it's a chain, at least they care about what they serve you.

Oh - and we were both sick the following day. Coincidence?

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I admit the first time I came to this restaurant, it was a wonderful experience. I think it was the waitress we had, she was awesome. She was from NY and on her way to Italy. However, my last experience was enough to make me comment on here and not return.

We had questions about the menu and specials. 99% of the answers to our questions started with "for an additional amount". Seriously, if I had a dollar for each time I heard those words, my meal would have been paid for. Ceasar and Blue Cheese dressing is extra, but Ranch and Italian are not? I think the owners need to learn about Bob Ferrell and his slogan "Just give them the pickles". We did ask for a substiution and offered to pay for it, and the waitress said "the owner is not here, so I can't ask if we can do it:". I got the message that clearly the owners don't trust the waitstaff to make simple decisions for good customer service.

The bread was hard and stale. ALthough the second batch did come out fresh, we'd have rather waited, than to have the hard bread come out to begin with.

The mood was not overly friendly. It was just "there" and we ate. It is what it is. The food was good and plentiful, but that is not enough to bring us back.

I don't see how this place will stay in business as they just don't fill the place and they certainly won't with this type of service.

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I admit the first time I came to this restaurant, it was a wonderful experience. I think it was the waitress we had, she was awesome. She was from NY and on her way to Italy. However, my last experience was enough to make me comment on here and not return.

We had questions about the menu and specials. 99% of the answers to our questions started with "for an additional amount". Seriously, if I had a dollar for each time I heard those words, my meal would have been paid for. Ceasar and Blue Cheese dressing is extra, but Ranch and Italian are not? I think the owners need to learn about Bob Ferrell and his slogan "Just give them the pickles". We did ask for a substiution and offered to pay for it, and the waitress said "the owner is not here, so I can't ask if we can do it:". I got the message that clearly the owners don't trust the waitstaff to make simple decisions for good customer service.

The bread was hard and stale. ALthough the second batch did come out fresh, we'd have rather waited, than to have the hard bread come out to begin with.

The mood was not overly friendly. It was just "there" and we ate. It is what it is. The food was good and plentiful, but that is not enough to bring us back.

I don't see how this place will stay in business as they just don't fill the place and they certainly won't with this type of service.

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One of the worst experiences in my life. The sign outside of Best in Apex, must be a joke. Second of all, if you average out the ratings on the place, its actually a 3.57 out of 5, not a 4 out of 5.

We got seated right away, and from there it went down hill. It took about 5 minutes to get drinks ordered, then it took about 10 minutes to get them. We had ordered two beers and a carafe of wine. We were seated at the end of the long bench at the far wall, NEXT TO THE BAR! Should not have taken that long.

The waitress then took her time coming back to get orders, in the meantime, I had finished my drink, and was waiting for the waitress to ask if I would like another one. I could have asked, but when you wait tables, you should be scanning drinks and asking, not make me do your job and then expect a tip.

The food came after 50 minutes from the time we ordered. I broke down and asked for one about 10 minutes before the food arrived, still no drink.

The food tasted good. Our friends food was lukewarm, my wife's was scolding hot, and mine was average. It was probably hotter in the restaurant, since they seem to have cooling issues as well.

So, I finish my entree, still no drink, I have to ask as the waitress is clearing plates if I can get my drink. She turns around and grabs a beer from the bar. I guess that was mine sitting up there for 10 minutes getting warm.

Meal is over and NO ONE is impressed. The place is overly hot, we are all sweating to the point it is showing through clothes. The service was for from what we had to tip. We used a Restaurant-dot-com coupon, that automatically puts a 18% tip on the bill. The waitress didn't know that until we paid for the meal, so it wasn't like she was just sloughing off, she was really that bad.

To top it all off, we write an email to the owner nicely stating that we did not have the greatest time, and hi email back, does not offer any condolences just a "don't tell your friends and start malicious gossip".

So much for the customer is always right.

So to all my friends, and fellow reviewers - this is not malicious gossip, it is the God's honest truth. Go to any other restaurant in Apex, and you will have a MUCH better experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

One of the worst experiences in my life. The sign outside of Best in Apex, must be a joke. Second of all, if you average out the ratings on the place, its actually a 3.57 out of 5, not a 4 out of 5.

We got seated right away, and from there it went down hill. It took about 5 minutes to get drinks ordered, then it took about 10 minutes to get them. We had ordered two beers and a carafe of wine. We were seated at the end of the long bench at the far wall, NEXT TO THE BAR! Should not have taken that long.

The waitress then took her time coming back to get orders, in the meantime, I had finished my drink, and was waiting for the waitress to ask if I would like another one. I could have asked, but when you wait tables, you should be scanning drinks and asking, not make me do your job and then expect a tip.

The food came after 50 minutes from the time we ordered. I broke down and asked for one about 10 minutes before the food arrived, still no drink.

The food tasted good. Our friends food was lukewarm, my wife's was scolding hot, and mine was average. It was probably hotter in the restaurant, since they seem to have cooling issues as well.

So, I finish my entree, still no drink, I have to ask as the waitress is clearing plates if I can get my drink. She turns around and grabs a beer from the bar. I guess that was mine sitting up there for 10 minutes getting warm.

Meal is over and NO ONE is impressed. The place is overly hot, we are all sweating to the point it is showing through clothes. The service was for from what we had to tip. We used a Restaurant-dot-com coupon, that automatically puts a 18% tip on the bill. The waitress didn't know that until we paid for the meal, so it wasn't like she was just sloughing off, she was really that bad.

To top it all off, we write an email to the owner nicely stating that we did not have the greatest time, and hi email back, does not offer any condolences just a "don't tell your friends and start malicious gossip".

So much for the customer is always right.

So to all my friends, and fellow reviewers - this is not malicious gossip, it is the God's honest truth. Go to any other restaurant in Apex, and you will have a MUCH better experience.

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The staff and management was rude, won't go back again!

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★☆☆☆☆

The staff and management was rude, won't go back again!

Pros: None

Cons: Rude Management

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Fresh great tasting food, so good I could not wait to tell my friends about it. All of my friends can't believe how good the food is. The deserts are made in house and are fantastic. If you love someone take them to Mambo Italiano and they will love you to.

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★★★★★

Fresh great tasting food, so good I could not wait to tell my friends about it. All of my friends can't believe how good the food is. The deserts are made in house and are fantastic. If you love someone take them to Mambo Italiano and they will love you to.

Pros: Great food, Great Service

Cons: have not found any

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I had high expectations (the fabulous storefront, the ranking as best overall in Apex, etc.) I also love a good Italian meal! We were seated and quickly got our drinks and directed to the special board. The waitress knew the dishes well and was very nice. We had to ask for our bread and were very disappointed with what we got. The "rolls" were tasteless, which is fine when paired with a good dipping oil, and were served with a a pat of butter that you would expect to see at a seafood buffet with you hush puppies. The salad was pitiful...iceburg lettuce with a few sliced olives, about 5 shreds of cheese and piece of diced tomato. For an appetizer, we ordered stuffed mushrooms and were arguing over which one of us would have to eat the last one. I choose stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer with every Italian meal that offers them and I make them myself at home. They were just awful. Finally, the meal! We were hopeful that it would get better. It got worse! My husband ordered baked ravioli, which was decent if you love ricotta and very sweet red sauce. I ordered the fettucini alfredo (again, I order it every where I go and make it myself). The ONLY thing I tasted was butter. I imagined several sticks of butter, melted in a pan with a sprinkle of seasoning, toss in some noodles, and serve. I felt sick eating it and didnt even want the leftovers. If you know anything about me, it's that I never, ever, walk away from my fettucini alfredo! ;) I could feel the slime on the roof of my mouth for about an hour afterwards! Ill be fair and say that maybe the cook made a mistake and forgot an ingredient or got the butter and cream mixed up, but apart from that, I am at a loss. It was just that bad!
We will absolutely never visit this restaurant again.

We do have a new favorite Italian restaurant in the area, and had decided not to go anywhere else....Ill plan to stand by that decision in the future ;)

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★☆☆☆☆

I had high expectations (the fabulous storefront, the ranking as best overall in Apex, etc.) I also love a good Italian meal! We were seated and quickly got our drinks and directed to the special board. The waitress knew the dishes well and was very nice. We had to ask for our bread and were very disappointed with what we got. The "rolls" were tasteless, which is fine when paired with a good dipping oil, and were served with a a pat of butter that you would expect to see at a seafood buffet with you hush puppies. The salad was pitiful...iceburg lettuce with a few sliced olives, about 5 shreds of cheese and piece of diced tomato. For an appetizer, we ordered stuffed mushrooms and were arguing over which one of us would have to eat the last one. I choose stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer with every Italian meal that offers them and I make them myself at home. They were just awful. Finally, the meal! We were hopeful that it would get better. It got worse! My husband ordered baked ravioli, which was decent if you love ricotta and very sweet red sauce. I ordered the fettucini alfredo (again, I order it every where I go and make it myself). The ONLY thing I tasted was butter. I imagined several sticks of butter, melted in a pan with a sprinkle of seasoning, toss in some noodles, and serve. I felt sick eating it and didnt even want the leftovers. If you know anything about me, it's that I never, ever, walk away from my fettucini alfredo! ;) I could feel the slime on the roof of my mouth for about an hour afterwards! Ill be fair and say that maybe the cook made a mistake and forgot an ingredient or got the butter and cream mixed up, but apart from that, I am at a loss. It was just that bad!
We will absolutely never visit this restaurant again.

We do have a new favorite Italian restaurant in the area, and had decided not to go anywhere else....Ill plan to stand by that decision in the future ;)

Pros: Nice atmosphere, enjoyed the entertainment, great waitress

Cons: Food was awful

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Awesome huge portions, served family style, so come in prepared to share. The owner is onsite most of the time and makes sure things are just right! The Best!

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Awesome huge portions, served family style, so come in prepared to share. The owner is onsite most of the time and makes sure things are just right! The Best!

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After hearing that this place is the greatest thing since sliced bread, we decided to check it out. We decided to eat early, so at 5:30, we were able to be seated in a booth in a timely manner. However, after placing an order for a beer and a soft-drink, it took well over 15 minutes to be served. Meanwhile, although he had not brought the beverages, the waiter asked us 2x to place our order. The first time, we said we were not ready, and the next time, my husband told him we wouldn't be ready to order before he brought the beer and soft drink. Finally, the waiter got the hint and brought the beverages. He then brought us some bread, which was decent. My husband had to get up to read the specials from the board because the waiter was so eager to take the order that he failed to mention these options. We felt pressured to order, so we chose a veal dish to share. It came with a house salad at no additional cost and a ceasar or gorganzola salad at an additional $2. We ordered one house and one ceasar. Within seconds the salads arrived. They were fresh , yet nothing to write home about. Within moments, a busboy came and attempted to clear our partially eaten salad bowls. We told him we were not finished, and he left and returned a couple moments later, so we surrendered our salads because the waiter was already placing our entree in front of us, and it was obvious that our idea of a quiet, relaxing meal was not an option......we were on a time clock and our time was running out quickly.
Although the veal was good, it wasn't any better than other Italian places in the area. The same busboy returned shortly to see if we were finished....we politely told him that we had hardly had time to taste the food. He and the waiter came back to see if we were finished several more times. There was plenty left over, so we asked to have it boxed and let him know that we wanted the check. It was not a positive experience. We will not be rushing back. NO PUN INTENDED

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After hearing that this place is the greatest thing since sliced bread, we decided to check it out. We decided to eat early, so at 5:30, we were able to be seated in a booth in a timely manner. However, after placing an order for a beer and a soft-drink, it took well over 15 minutes to be served. Meanwhile, although he had not brought the beverages, the waiter asked us 2x to place our order. The first time, we said we were not ready, and the next time, my husband told him we wouldn't be ready to order before he brought the beer and soft drink. Finally, the waiter got the hint and brought the beverages. He then brought us some bread, which was decent. My husband had to get up to read the specials from the board because the waiter was so eager to take the order that he failed to mention these options. We felt pressured to order, so we chose a veal dish to share. It came with a house salad at no additional cost and a ceasar or gorganzola salad at an additional $2. We ordered one house and one ceasar. Within seconds the salads arrived. They were fresh , yet nothing to write home about. Within moments, a busboy came and attempted to clear our partially eaten salad bowls. We told him we were not finished, and he left and returned a couple moments later, so we surrendered our salads because the waiter was already placing our entree in front of us, and it was obvious that our idea of a quiet, relaxing meal was not an option......we were on a time clock and our time was running out quickly.
Although the veal was good, it wasn't any better than other Italian places in the area. The same busboy returned shortly to see if we were finished....we politely told him that we had hardly had time to taste the food. He and the waiter came back to see if we were finished several more times. There was plenty left over, so we asked to have it boxed and let him know that we wanted the check. It was not a positive experience. We will not be rushing back. NO PUN INTENDED

Pros: Entertainment by Carmine

Cons: RUSHED

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I was very disappointed in this restaurant. Myself and four other people decide we were in the mood for Italian one evening and wanted to try this new restaurant in Apex. The food was average at best. All of us enjoy Italian food and we felt it was not even as good as some of the chain restaurants in town. To make mstters even worse, we could hear the woman who owns the restaurant (with her husband) talking very disrespectful to some of the wait staff and other patrons. Save yourself the trip and go to one of the other better Italian restaurants in the area. We will not return.

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I was very disappointed in this restaurant. Myself and four other people decide we were in the mood for Italian one evening and wanted to try this new restaurant in Apex. The food was average at best. All of us enjoy Italian food and we felt it was not even as good as some of the chain restaurants in town. To make mstters even worse, we could hear the woman who owns the restaurant (with her husband) talking very disrespectful to some of the wait staff and other patrons. Save yourself the trip and go to one of the other better Italian restaurants in the area. We will not return.

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My wife, two kids, mom and a friend went with high expectations. They were exceeded. We had an Italian feast that did not disappoint. We intentionally avoided the pizza to sample a few of the real Italian dishes. We also ordered way more food than we normally would to sample what this place had for the first time here. For starters we got the fried calamari and an order of stuffed mushrooms. They were both great and gone quickly. My wife and mom got a carafe of the homemade wine. They both liked it a lot and after a taste I did as well. A bit sweet for me but a perfect drinking wine for a meal like this. We tried the Sausage & Broccoli Rabe, the Chicken Saltimboca, the Chicken Parm & the pasta bolognese (we went with capellini). All of the food was cooked perfectly and the balance of salt, sweet & sour was unreal. You could tell these recipes were time tested and prepared correctly. The cheeses, italian meats, spices and vegetables were all top notch. Our kids loved everything as much as the adults. It's really fun to have a table full of food to share with everyone; just like a holiday dinner with the family. We hope to become regulars and get to know the staff to make it an even better experience. What a find!

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★★★★★

My wife, two kids, mom and a friend went with high expectations. They were exceeded. We had an Italian feast that did not disappoint. We intentionally avoided the pizza to sample a few of the real Italian dishes. We also ordered way more food than we normally would to sample what this place had for the first time here. For starters we got the fried calamari and an order of stuffed mushrooms. They were both great and gone quickly. My wife and mom got a carafe of the homemade wine. They both liked it a lot and after a taste I did as well. A bit sweet for me but a perfect drinking wine for a meal like this. We tried the Sausage & Broccoli Rabe, the Chicken Saltimboca, the Chicken Parm & the pasta bolognese (we went with capellini). All of the food was cooked perfectly and the balance of salt, sweet & sour was unreal. You could tell these recipes were time tested and prepared correctly. The cheeses, italian meats, spices and vegetables were all top notch. Our kids loved everything as much as the adults. It's really fun to have a table full of food to share with everyone; just like a holiday dinner with the family. We hope to become regulars and get to know the staff to make it an even better experience. What a find!

Pros: Great homemade wine & sauces and heaping portions.

Cons: Employees could interact more to enhance experience.

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We had a nice table. The service was good. The homemade wine was excellent and at a fair price. We liked the fruit that was served in the wine.
We have Italian Backgrounds. It appeared that there was too much sugar added to the tomato sauce, (gravy). It was too sweet and we did not like it. We never add sugar when making Italian food. Overall, we gave the restaurant a 6.5.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a nice table. The service was good. The homemade wine was excellent and at a fair price. We liked the fruit that was served in the wine.
We have Italian Backgrounds. It appeared that there was too much sugar added to the tomato sauce, (gravy). It was too sweet and we did not like it. We never add sugar when making Italian food. Overall, we gave the restaurant a 6.5.

Pros: Abundant food. Great homemade wine. Fair prices

Cons: Judging the Gravy or Sauce, it was Too Sweet

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Mambo Italiano serves it's meals family style. The entrees are enough to feed 2-4 people and the pastas are enough to feed 4 people. On Saturday nights, Carmine sings and entertains the guests. We arrived at 7:15 pm on a Saturday and were told a 25 minute wait. We actually waited 60 minutes for a table. The food was so worth it! The meal itself took 60 minutes for a table of 4. Try it but go before 7:00 pm.

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★★★★☆

Mambo Italiano serves it's meals family style. The entrees are enough to feed 2-4 people and the pastas are enough to feed 4 people. On Saturday nights, Carmine sings and entertains the guests. We arrived at 7:15 pm on a Saturday and were told a 25 minute wait. We actually waited 60 minutes for a table. The food was so worth it! The meal itself took 60 minutes for a table of 4. Try it but go before 7:00 pm.

Pros: Lots of food

Cons: Long wait on weekends

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My family and I wanted to try this restaurant after reading about it in a local magazine. We loved the location and the dcor was very inviting and a nice layout. It was four adults and two children. They tried to put all of us at a four top table squeezing each kid in a highchair in between two adults all on one side of a table. We knew quickly that would be impossible and asked to move a two top up to the table so we could have enough elbow room to get our fork to our mouth! After nearly 20 minutes just waiting for wine and not even getting a chance to place our order we asked for crayons. The kids were getting tired of waiting but were happy to have bread. The waitress said she would check and they had a lot of suggestions from other parents for the same. She never mentioned it again ?? so no luck with that. I ordered the salad with gorgonzola for extra money and it is a waste. You get about 1 tablespoon for $2.00 extra. We finally received our meal and had to ask for fresh parmesan as well as extra plates for the kids. Our salad bowls sat at our table almost the entire entre in our way. It took asking for a desert menu twice before getting one and then another 15 minutes to get a piece of cake. I asked three times for a bag for our leftovers. To sum it up it took us over 2 hours to eat dinner and a lot of waiting. This restaurant was advertised as family friendly but really does not cater to children well; no booster seats, crayons, coloring sheets, kids menus, fun kids cups and only very large utensils. If you pack all the above and your children can stay occupied for over two hours then give it a try. The food was tasty and good portions but the wait time and flow was not good. We still tipped 20% because our waitress was very busy and making an effort. We would not go back unless they make these changes?

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★★★☆☆

My family and I wanted to try this restaurant after reading about it in a local magazine. We loved the location and the dcor was very inviting and a nice layout. It was four adults and two children. They tried to put all of us at a four top table squeezing each kid in a highchair in between two adults all on one side of a table. We knew quickly that would be impossible and asked to move a two top up to the table so we could have enough elbow room to get our fork to our mouth! After nearly 20 minutes just waiting for wine and not even getting a chance to place our order we asked for crayons. The kids were getting tired of waiting but were happy to have bread. The waitress said she would check and they had a lot of suggestions from other parents for the same. She never mentioned it again ?? so no luck with that. I ordered the salad with gorgonzola for extra money and it is a waste. You get about 1 tablespoon for $2.00 extra. We finally received our meal and had to ask for fresh parmesan as well as extra plates for the kids. Our salad bowls sat at our table almost the entire entre in our way. It took asking for a desert menu twice before getting one and then another 15 minutes to get a piece of cake. I asked three times for a bag for our leftovers. To sum it up it took us over 2 hours to eat dinner and a lot of waiting. This restaurant was advertised as family friendly but really does not cater to children well; no booster seats, crayons, coloring sheets, kids menus, fun kids cups and only very large utensils. If you pack all the above and your children can stay occupied for over two hours then give it a try. The food was tasty and good portions but the wait time and flow was not good. We still tipped 20% because our waitress was very busy and making an effort. We would not go back unless they make these changes?

Pros: tasty food

Cons: slow service

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Just trust me on this ...try it you"ll love it

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★★★★★

Just trust me on this ...try it you"ll love it

Pros: Best Calamari ...period

Cons: I eat too much when I go there

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What a great dining experience! As soon as my boyfriend and I walked in, the owners made us feel at home. We were advised to try some of the delicious homemade wine served up italian style with fresh slivers of peach and apple. The eggplant rollitini is absolutley the BEST in NC, and the ricotta cheese is the CREAMIEST I have ever had! We aren't typically desert eaters, but Ron urged us to try Bella's homemade Tirimasu and WOW! Now we order it every time we go. Even the bread is amazing...always fresh and chewy... and the salad...perfect. This is the perfect place to go with your family or a big group. I highly advise getting the ravioli and the homade the lasagna! We will definatley be regulars. :)

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★★★★★

What a great dining experience! As soon as my boyfriend and I walked in, the owners made us feel at home. We were advised to try some of the delicious homemade wine served up italian style with fresh slivers of peach and apple. The eggplant rollitini is absolutley the BEST in NC, and the ricotta cheese is the CREAMIEST I have ever had! We aren't typically desert eaters, but Ron urged us to try Bella's homemade Tirimasu and WOW! Now we order it every time we go. Even the bread is amazing...always fresh and chewy... and the salad...perfect. This is the perfect place to go with your family or a big group. I highly advise getting the ravioli and the homade the lasagna! We will definatley be regulars. :)

Pros: Bella's sweet sweet riccotta

Cons: I want to eat it sooo much, I am gonna become fat!

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We have had dinner here a number of times and the food has been excellent and "plentiful". The service has been excellent. One night we had our dinner club of 7 couples and there were 14 very satisfied diners. That alone is remarkable for this group. We love the place and are making it our Italian Restaurant of choice. Did I mention the house white wine with an apple slice. Excellent.

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★★★★★

We have had dinner here a number of times and the food has been excellent and "plentiful". The service has been excellent. One night we had our dinner club of 7 couples and there were 14 very satisfied diners. That alone is remarkable for this group. We love the place and are making it our Italian Restaurant of choice. Did I mention the house white wine with an apple slice. Excellent.

Pros: My wife says the Chicken Marsala is one of the best

Cons: None that I can recall

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If you want a family friendly restaurant where you get tons of food at reasonable prices, this is it. The owner, staff and especially "Norm the Bartender" are terrific. All your wants and needs are provided for with a smile! You will not go home hungry and most likely you'll take home a tomorrows lunch.

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★★★★★

If you want a family friendly restaurant where you get tons of food at reasonable prices, this is it. The owner, staff and especially "Norm the Bartender" are terrific. All your wants and needs are provided for with a smile! You will not go home hungry and most likely you'll take home a tomorrows lunch.

Pros: Plenty of Food

Cons: None found so far

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Mambo Italiano is my favorite Italian Restaurant. So far I have tried the eggplant parm, baked clams, raviolis, chicken saltaboca, their delicious pizza, the huge Meatball Salad, and the pasta in clams sauce, and it's all been fantastic. I'm now looking forward to going this Saturday night to hear Carmin the Italian vocalist sing Frank Sinatra songs while I sit at the bar with Norm The Bartender! It's deinately worth making a reservation for so they can save you a seat!

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★★★★★

Mambo Italiano is my favorite Italian Restaurant. So far I have tried the eggplant parm, baked clams, raviolis, chicken saltaboca, their delicious pizza, the huge Meatball Salad, and the pasta in clams sauce, and it's all been fantastic. I'm now looking forward to going this Saturday night to hear Carmin the Italian vocalist sing Frank Sinatra songs while I sit at the bar with Norm The Bartender! It's deinately worth making a reservation for so they can save you a seat!

Pros: Great quality and great taste

Cons: none

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Not only is the food delicious, but Ron and Bella are absolutely the most hospitable people to be found on earth. They go out of their way to make sure you are having a great time enjoying their perfectly seasoned made fresh daily food. I have eaten there at least 4 times and the food is always perfect. EVERYTHING is homemade. The portions are large so you can have leftovers for lunch! The homemade wine is devine. Josh, a waiter, is exceptional in his knowledge of the menu and his friendly service.

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★★★★★

Not only is the food delicious, but Ron and Bella are absolutely the most hospitable people to be found on earth. They go out of their way to make sure you are having a great time enjoying their perfectly seasoned made fresh daily food. I have eaten there at least 4 times and the food is always perfect. EVERYTHING is homemade. The portions are large so you can have leftovers for lunch! The homemade wine is devine. Josh, a waiter, is exceptional in his knowledge of the menu and his friendly service.

Pros: Fresh made DELICIOUS food

Cons: None

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If you want the taste of great Italian food look no further than Mambo's. The minute you walk into the restaurant you feel right at home. Ron and Bella are the bomb!!! My husband and I have now made this our Friday night date night. We just keep going down the menu and trying everything and when we get to the bottom will start all over again. Bella makes all the desserts herself. You must try the Italian cheesecake!!! If you stop in on Friday night, you must walk in and greet Norm the bartendar. He will make you laugh with all his "Normisms".

If you want a great dining experience go check it out. Sit at the bar, have a glass of the homemade wine with a slice of peach and relax. Then get ready for the meal of your life!!!

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★★★★★

If you want the taste of great Italian food look no further than Mambo's. The minute you walk into the restaurant you feel right at home. Ron and Bella are the bomb!!! My husband and I have now made this our Friday night date night. We just keep going down the menu and trying everything and when we get to the bottom will start all over again. Bella makes all the desserts herself. You must try the Italian cheesecake!!! If you stop in on Friday night, you must walk in and greet Norm the bartendar. He will make you laugh with all his "Normisms".

If you want a great dining experience go check it out. Sit at the bar, have a glass of the homemade wine with a slice of peach and relax. Then get ready for the meal of your life!!!

Pros: Fantastic food, great owners and excellent wait staff

Cons: None

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mstenulis is an evil lier that has a mental problem
she refused assitance from the servers to change her seat to one right under a/c vent so she would be cool and when manager tried to offer help she was nothing but a troubled person maybe she was having a bad week but to take it out on a server and a restaurant that
did all possible to make her visit a pleasant one i was sitting in restaurant across from this person and saw the whole scene so plesedo not listen to this lie i go to this placeallthe time and it is great

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★★★★★

mstenulis is an evil lier that has a mental problem
she refused assitance from the servers to change her seat to one right under a/c vent so she would be cool and when manager tried to offer help she was nothing but a troubled person maybe she was having a bad week but to take it out on a server and a restaurant that
did all possible to make her visit a pleasant one i was sitting in restaurant across from this person and saw the whole scene so plesedo not listen to this lie i go to this placeallthe time and it is great

Pros: best real italian food in america

Cons: i cant afford to eat there every day

 

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