Chef John creates divine combinations

About Us

Mangia Qui is Italian for eat here. Chef John McLaurin and his wife Cheryll, pondered names for their restaurant if the opportunity ever presented itself.

The History

Chef John started in the restaurant business at age 16 washing dishes. Over the years, Chef John began to develop a passion for wordly cuisines. At age 19, Chef John was invited to apprentice with Chef Federico's Desantis, executive chef & owner of Federico's Italian Eatery, a Virginia Beach local favorite for over 2 decades. There, Chef John developed a diversified culinary skill set that has brought him to where he is now.

While at Federico's, Chef John met his wife Cheryll. She spent over a decade working at Seaside Health Center at Atlantic Shores as a Certified Dietary Manager/Senior Caregiver. Since opening, Mangia Qui has added a new member to the family, Wes Wilkins.

Wes Wilkins has worked at premier Virginia Beach restaurants since 1995 including Federico's Italian Eatery. He has a growing passion for food and wine, studying to become a Certified Sommelier. Together, we have a desire to bring a higher level of cuisine and a full dining experience back to Virginia Beach's Town Center.

Mangia Qui Italian Bistro focuses on cooking authentic Italian-American cuisine with southern flair. We make everything in-house possible, including fresh bread, mozzarella, salad dressings, soups, and more. Mangia Qui does not use high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated fats or preservatives. We also utilize local farms & artisans for the freshest ingredients seasonally.

Opening Hours

Lunch Menu
Tuesday & Wednesday
4:30pm - 09:00pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
TELEPHONE: 757-499-6001

Happy Hour

4:30 - 7:00
Premium Wells
Off beers craft & domestic
Well martinis
Select wine bottle
Off Appetizers
Select glass of wine


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Monday Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm & 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm & 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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550 Independence Blvd Virginia Beach,VA 23462 , Phone: 757-499-6001
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