Apex >Food & Dining > Mambo Italiano
770 W Williams St, Apex, NC | Directions 2750235.737780 -78.864419
Fri, Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm
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 eat.
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.
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 of all honest after all no one is perfect and it is only a meal but as a chef myself i know how many hours it takes to prepare to serve a dinning room full of guests and @ the price you pay for a meal here with the quality and preparation involved they are giving this food away so do yourself a favor support independant restaurants like this one they keep the economy going by creating jobs and a nice relaxing time with your family and friends
great italian – great food, great staff, great experience.
Bad, very bad – 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 that we weren’t getting served. Finally a waitress with short hair (Donna, I think?) came to take our drink order. She brings our drinks and then disappears for what seems to be 10-15 minutes. I have my iPad out doing some work and my wife makes the suggestion that I put it aside for a minute because maybe the waitress thinks we just came to order drinks (we hadn’t ordered any food yet). I do and still no sign of the waitress. Then we notice another table leaving and loudly complaining that they didn’t get any service. So, I tell my wife that we’ll give the waitress another five minutes before we walk out. Finally Donna comes by our table in route to another table when I make strong eye contact with her to get her attention. We had been there nearly 30 minutes at this point, with a half empty restaurant and just two drinks to show for it. Now- I am a nice “yes ma’am” type southern boy and I have looked back on the situation to try to figure out if I made any crass or snide comments to the waitress in relation to our lack of service. I did not. I treated her with respect but, for whatever reason, Donna decided to pick on me for the duration of the meal. I actually felt like I was being bullied. I would ask for something and she would promptly say “no.” I made my food order and I received a smartass comment back about my choice. I asked for a cup of tea to go and she said “not for you, but for your wife.” It just went on and on. I thought she might be joking at first, but she didn’t let up. We eat out a lot. We deal with a lot of different kinds of service, but this was the worst I can remember in years. Absolutely horrible. The food was actually pretty good and we would come back for it, but I will never step foot in Mambo Italiano again because of Donna. I didn’t say anything to her because I didn’t want to ruin a nice evening with my wife, but she didn’t get a tip.
Bye Mambo, Mambo Italiano! Leave Mambo, Mambo Italiano! – 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 our bill was over 200$. I do not mind spending extra money for quality food, but I honestly prefer the pasta from Harris Teeters frozen section. When we finished our meal we brought out a cake that we had purchased at a different location and brought with us. The owners were not having it. They so rudely told us that either we ordered from their dessert menu or pay them a dollar for each plate we used to serve the cake we brought. We ended up singing happy birthday in the comfort of our own home.
Use to be GREAT, Now SUCKs! – 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!
Awful Food, Service, and Owner – 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.
I don't see how anyone would like this place. We have tried to use multiple different promotional coupons and half off $25 gift certificates from different organizations and every time the owner has an excuse why they either aren't going to take it or why it's not valid (even though the stipulation is no where on the gc or coupon). It seems like classic bait and switch to me, but hey whatever. We just will not go there any more. Their food is average at best. Some things are decent and some things are poor/awful.
They used to offer a salad with family-style. Now they don't. They used to offer meat dishes in family style such as chicken parm and saltimbocca. Now they don't. They are constantly reducing what you get for your money.
The owner and the servers are rude and act like they are doing you a favor by taking your money.
I can't recommend this place to anyone especially since Daniel's, Carrabba's, and Mamma Mia's are much better places to go for good Italian food and service.
Whoever named this place the best Italian in Apex was probably just a friend of the owner. That distinction shouldn't even be discussed in the same sentence with this place.
Even if the food was good (and it isn't) I wouldn't go there again to be treated like dirt under someone's feet when I am the guest!
Excellent Italian Food at a Good Value – 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 our place with Mambo. We have found that all our meals have been great and the portions are more than generous. Some of my favorite meals are the Frutti de Mar as well as all the parmesan dishes like veal, chicken and my favorite shrimp. Ron, the owner was very personable and the the wait staff was friendly and efficient. We'll be back.
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