Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of rustic Italian fare at Mangia in Lynchburg.
At Mangia, located on historic Rivermont Avenue, foodsmiths churn local and organic ingredients into freshly made breads, pastas, and mozzarella for a rustic Italian menu. With leaflets of shaved raw beef and pamphlets of arugula, lemon-dressed carpaccio ($7) edifies diners in a provincial classic. Among main courses, the roasted eggplant pasta bathes in tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella ($15), and mussels or clams stew in marinara or a white-wine, garlic, and oregano sauce ($15). Guests can devour chicken ($20) or veal marsala ($22) in Mangia's open, airy dining room decorated with local artwork, or on a patio enclosed by a wrought iron fence that prevents ravenous Ferraris from begging for table scraps.
2496 Rivermont Ave.
Lynchburg, Virginia 24503