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February 11, 2013

Yelpo Italiano In The Olde Towne!

Posted by Xerxes N

Yelp’s Night In The Olde Towne was one heck of a night for the Yelp Hampton Roads Elite Squad. Over 45 Yelp Elites and friends were welcomed with open arms at Mannino’s Italian Bistro in the Olde Towne district of Portsmouth.  After two successful launches in Virginia Beach, Chef John Mannino and operator Daris Gavin recently opened their third Mannino’s in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Not only were Yelp Elites treated to a plethora of Mannino’s finest dishes but they were also introduced to Mannino’s newest chef, Alex Succop.

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From a succulent Italian cheese platter, penne alla vodka, lump crab cakes, mini cannolis, habernaro lime shrimp and pollo parmesan, Yelp Elites indulged in an amazing array Mannino's best dishes. They were certainly well prepared for this crowd of hungry Elites and to help wash all this down Virginia Beach’s Tuscan Wine Imports were on site serving samples of Maremma Toscana and Capalbio Sangiovese.

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Rick S was pleased to personally meet this outstanding team in operation and “left with absolutely no doubt as to why the Mannino’s restaurants are rightly viewed among the best in Hampton Roads. Wonderful food, wonderful people and a great Olde Towne Portsmouth restaurant space... It’s an unbeatable combination. You know I’ll be back!” Pamela S echoes that “hearing about the chefs talk about their passion for food preparation was awe-inspiring."

Overall, this was one night to remember. “Hands down, this was one of the best Elite events so far,” claims Julia A. Steven A believes this event “was worthy of standing ovation.” More than just the food and wine “I enjoyed the company of our fellow Yelpers and the hospitality of the Mannino’s crew.” Asia R certainly agrees. “What can I say? It pays to be Elite.”            

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And while we’re still smiling over how much fun we had eating, mixing and mingling let’s not forget to say thank you to the event photographer, Jason Hillian, of All You Photo.

A very special thank you goes out to our friends at Mannino’s Italian Bistro: John Mannino, Daris Gavin and Alex Succop as well as Tuscan Wine Imports for providing us samples of their delicious red and white wines. Of course, we cannot forget about the Yelp Elites. It’s because of you we’re able relive this evening with happy memories and the making of lifelong friends.

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In case you missed this great event check out all the reviews, the wonderful shots taken by Jason Hillian and what great things everyone had to say about Mannino’s Italian Bistro and Yelp’s Night In The Olde Towne.

Cheers to a great night!

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Xerxes N - Yelp Hampton Roads Community Manager

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