My recent visit to Mangia! An Italian Restaurant was filled with authentic northern Italian fare and atmosphere. It was a Monday evening, and there was no need for a reservation. We were seated immediately and greeted by our very friendly server, Michelle.
- WHAT: Mangia! An Italian Restaurant
- WHERE: 751 Hanover Place, Carmel City Center, Carmel
- PRICE: Antipasta/Salads – $6 to $12, Pasta/Secondi – $15 to $21
- INFO: Visit mangiaitalian.com
My husband and I started off splitting an Insalata Mista of crisp lettuce, olives, tomatoes, gorgonzola and delicious emulsified balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was served in a chilled bowl and was perfectly portioned. Some of their other antipasti selections include calamari, mussels and bruschetta.
I ordered chicken Marsala. It was not on the menu, but Michelle said everything was made to order, and I could “pretty much order what I was hungry for.” I love a kitchen that is able to properly accommodate their diners.
It passed with flying colors! The subtle taste of Marsala wine in the deliciously balanced sauce covered the thinly breaded chicken breasts and Portobello mushrooms. It was served with a medley of green beans, squash and tomatoes, perfectly tender and seasoned. I chose a side of penne pasta with vodka sauce as my starch. The al dente noodles were topped with a rather mild vodka sauce.
My husband ordered the Filetto Mangia, a signature dish of beef tenderloin that was prepared medium rare. It was topped with Portobello mushrooms and a red wine tomato sauce. The deep flavors reminded me of a slow-cooked sauce. I imagine it could be described as an Italian stew. The dish was also served with the vegetable medley and garlic mashed potatoes on the side. The mashed potatoes complemented the beef dish very nicely, and not a bite of food was left on his plate.
Mangia translates to “enjoy” in English, as in a salute to tell someone to “enjoy their meal.” On our next visit to Mangia, I am sure we will do just that.