He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence, which in turn is the source of most failed movie remakes. Act on your noodle desires with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $25 worth of pastas, sandwiches, and other Italian consumables at Mangia Italiano in Tower Grove South. The cozy eatery doles out ambitiously portioned classics and live entertainment seven nights a week.
Rev your engine with polenta fries sided with chipotle aioli ($6), duck potstickers with shiitake tomato relish ($7), or, for a more traditional taste, the goat cheese and tomato-packed bruschetta ($6). Mangia serves a variety of gourmet pizzas such as the Helena, topped with pesto, shrimp, roasted peppers, and feta ($8). If you’d rather sup on a square than a circle hacked into triangles, the menu’s sandwich selection offers relishable rectangles for every palate. Try the Antonius, a melty mound of marinated portobellos, caramelized onion, mozzarella, and pesto ($6.50). Homemade pasta, from the fettucini alfredo ($12) to the spinach manicotti ($12), is sure to satisfy carb cravings; Mangia's pasta spinners have such expertise that their pasta is sold separately.
Mangia Italiano has a happening night scene, offering live music and comedy seven nights a week. With abstract expressionist splashes of color complementing solid red paint and cozy bare brick, it's a chic spot to write your name in marinara sauce all over your plate.
- Ive been to Mangia a few times now and its impressed me more each time. Awesome food, attentive service, awesome food (needed to be said twice), and a great atmosphere. – gino_stl, Citysearch
- I went here w/ a culinary-student friend of mine. If she said it was good then dangit [sic] it's gonna be good. Guess what? It was good. – Sauerface, Urbanspoon
- I've been here several times and each time we've had great service and excellent food. – Molly, Urbanspoon