Restaurant Review Roulette: Mambo Italiano

March 3, 2010

For the last two weeks, I actually had some clue of how many stars Greg Cox might give the restaurants he was reviewing.  I knew that 618 Bistro was abominable, and his “award” of 1 star to the place may expedite its demise.  Or cause them to turn it around.  I also had heard a lot of great things about Guglhupf, so 4 stars was not a big surprise.

This week’s entry?  A place in Apex known as Mambo Italiano.  An Italian, family style restaurant in Apex.  A place that strives to be just like you’d find in Little Italy in New York.  My god, have these people actually eaten in Little Italy?  That’s their objective, their dream, their aspiration?  Meh.

Anyhow, I’ve never been to Mambo Italiano.  Hell, I only go to Apex to see my friend, knife expert Chad Ward (he’s in “near Apex,” at that). So for me to give odds this week will be a complete crapshoot.  The online “reviews” are your typical jumble of nonsense, so I’m going to guess.  But then, isn’t that what Restaurant Review Roulette is all about?

So, here are the odds:

4.5 to 5 stars — 10,000 to 1

4 stars — 100 to 1

3.5 stars — 25 to 1

3 stars — 3 to 1

2.5 stars — 1 to 1

2 stars — 4 to 1

1 to 1.5 stars — 20 to 1

Realize that last week’s one star offering was extremely rare — more so than an award of 5 stars.  That’s because Cox traditionally wouldn’t even write about a bad place.  But with the cutbacks at the N&O, I suspect Cox no longer has a fat expense account, and he essentially is forced to write about any place he visits.  Even if it’s painfully bad.  I’m betting that Mambo Italiano isn’t that bad.

My uneducated, completely ignorant guess: 2.5 stars.


March 5, 2010 Edit: Greg Cox awarded Mambo Italian 3 stars.  You readers pretty much nailed it.  It just might be worth a trip to Apex to give this place a try.