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1960's? Courtesy of Daniel Worth

1960's? - Mansene's Spaghetti House restaurant in Miami

291 NW 37th Avenue (Douglas Road), Miami, Florida view map

Thank you to Daniel Worth for contributing this image.

The back of the multiview postcard says: "Mansene's Spaghetti House, 291 N. W. 37 Avenue, Miami, Florida (Opposite West Flagler Dog Track) Phone 448-2356 A Complete Italian Dinner at prices that can't be equalled (sic) by anyone. Mansene's Italian Combination Platter which consists of Spaghetti, Ravioli, Chicken Cacciatore, Veal Scallopini, Italian Sausage and Meat Ball, is known Coast to Coast. Our spacious, modern Dining Rooms will accommodate Special Parties, Banquets and Weddings. Our business is known for its Family Trade, Home Made Italian Sausage and Pizza. Take Out Order Our Specialty, (We Sell it by the Mile!). Cocktail Lounge -- Restaurant -- seating capacity 400. Nofry "Duke" Mansene, Chef and Owner"

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Leighton 26-Apr-2017 01:50
The current building on the site, in 2017, is a rehab. The records show that it was built in 1949. Now a funeral home!
Guest 30-Jan-2015 00:34
Our family use to eat there all the time, as we lived only a few blocks away- remember restaurant in early days- no A/C and Duke would play Music from his office on a record player- remember all the old wine bottles hanging from the ceiling- always had very friendly servers- Remember riding on the same school with Babs Mansene going to Southwest High
Harry B Schrier, MD 26-Nov-2013 20:57
Harry Schrier. I lived down the block and worked there as a bus boy with Jack Gilbert. Duke was a character, hot-tempered cooks throwing things at us for fun. Always loved the place. After Medical School and starting practice in Miami my young family ate there for many years. I remember Jamie & her sisters. Duke's wife, Joanne, was a real lady.
Jamie 07-May-2012 16:25
This is to Snow- My sister is Babette, I am the sister who used to live in Orlando. If you would like to give your email I will have her look at this site . Jamie
Snow16-Apr-2012 21:11
Was this the same as Mansene Italian Restaurant? Does anyone here know if 'Duke' had a daughter name Babette? Another daughter was married and lived in Orlando. I've been looking for Babette for years. I was new in exile from Cuba (of course) and Babette was wonderful to me. Actually the whole family was. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it.
Don Boyd05-Nov-2011 15:07
Phil, thanks for posting. No problem. It's caused by refreshing the screen for some reason.

Guest 05-Nov-2011 06:31
Mr. Boyd, I think?
Please excuse the repeats. New to this. Perhaps you can delete.
Thanks for so many memories through your site.
Phil Fried
Miami Springs
Guest 05-Nov-2011 06:18
Favorite hangout for the race track crowd. Asked for and received Bert Lair's (Wizard of Oz - Cowardly Lion) autograph while he was eating there in the 50's - 60's. The beast food attracted some big names in the day.
Phil Fried
Miami Springs
Guest 06-Aug-2011 17:46
Oh my goodness!! My husband and I LOVED this little restaurant, and you are so right...not one could touch them! And their Bread sticks were AWESOME!!! Deanna Briggs O'Brien
Phyllis 07-Feb-2011 02:49
We used to eat here with my husband's family, and have searched endlessly to find an italian restaurant that could compare. Have never found it in the last 45 years!
Suzy 04-Mar-2010 04:12
This was favorite restaurant, they had the best lasagna. I just don't remember it being this run down looking?? I remember they had a cigarette machine, my grandpa would give me change to get him a pack of cigs!!!!
Guest 25-Dec-2009 00:20
This was a favorite of my parents and my sister and I.... Jeannie Guyer Saenz
Jessica Clackum Herman 05-Dec-2009 03:24
Gosh! I've never seen a pic of this plaec. Back in the 70's mom and dad used to eat there on very special occasions like their anniversary! We kids stayed with a babysitter! So cool to finally see the place!
Barry 10-Mar-2008 18:59
I used to work there while going to school. Duke was a real caracter to say the least. He would bring his pals back from the dog track and play cards till the early morning.It was the best Italian food in towm.
Karen 08-Feb-2008 04:29

One of my favorite restaurants that my Husband and I loved to eat at while we were dating.
Ben V. Hess 04-Feb-2008 19:10
We too ate at Mansene's in hte 50's. I remember Duke Mansense's television adds that showed close ups of specific dishes. It was across from the Dog Track.
Lou 21-Jan-2008 03:08
I remember we used to take a large pot and get it filled with spaghetti and meatballs for take out. Didn't happen too often because money was tight in those days and there were 9 in out family!
Guest 15-Jan-2008 16:35
We lived at 2850 NW 4th st. and it WAS our favorite restaurant until we sold the house.
Guest 10-Nov-2007 18:05
This was my all time favorite restaurant. Grad of Coral Park 1971, I ate here for my graduation with my dad and grandma. The best dish was this Filet a la Chico. Named after the chef who made it. Thin slices of meat cooked in wine and garlic. Not to mention the best garlic stick. Thanks for the memories.
Bob Drake 24-Jul-2007 12:31
Chris Male, Bob Drake, have not been in touch with you for awhile. When you think about it, we worked the parking lot duty together some nights. Contact Don Boyd to get my current email address.
Chris Male 15-Jul-2007 05:27
I lived right behind there on 36th court, in fact my first job I ever had was there and I would stand out in the parking lot and make sure people wouldn't park their cars in Duke's lot and walk across the street to the track. I got paid 50 cents an hour. By the way, it's not a restaurant anymore but is a funeral home now (2007)

Chris Male
Guest 12-Jul-2007 02:37
they have a series of history books on miami beach, little havana, etc..and in the little havana book you can see a photo of the place with the owner in front I believe. Also you can observe street scenes of Riverside. The best thing about it now is Casa Panza, this kickass tapas bar.
Guest 09-Jul-2007 18:49
Across from the Dog Track. That's were a lot of their business came from.
That picture could also be from summer of 1956 on (when my family moved to Miami)that I know of. We first lived on NW 35th Ave & 4th Street and I used to walk up there and get pizza take-out to bring home. Excellent cheeze pizza. I feel like I can smell it now.
Dave 08-Jul-2007 13:38
If memory serves it was on Douglas Road and NW 4th Street