The best way to familiarize oneself with a different country’s culture is to spend 10 to 15 years in one of its maximum security prisons, but the second best way is to taste its cuisine. Learn about Italian food with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Italian cuisine at [Mangia Italiano On Third] (http://www.mangiaonthird.com/) in Chula Vista.
Mangia Italiano On Third pleases patrons with authentic Italian entrees made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Keep midday hunger hallucinations from ruining business meetings with a selection from the lunch menu, which boasts hearty pasta dishes such as fettuccine alfredo ($7.95) and hefty handhelds, such as the meatball-and-mozzarella sandwich ($6.95). Evening eaters can pick from the dinner menu's array of pastas, salads, pizzas, and other entrees, from the chicken parmigiana ($15.95) to saltimbocca, which sports tender veal cutlets wrapped in ham and provolone and served in tomato cream sauce ($14.95). The dessert menu facilitates flavorful finales with sweets such as homemade cannoli and tiramisu ($3.95 each). Although this Groupon does not cover alcohol, Mangia Italiano On Third is home to an extensive list of wines and beers, allowing diners to make frequent toasts to their favorite 19th-century postmasters general.
Mangia Italiano On Third crafts its comestibles from authentic family recipes imported from Cosenza, Italy. Murals and other artwork help create an elegant atmosphere in which to appreciate the spaghetti'd arts. A high-definition TV at the bar enables game-watching, and free WiFi helps settle arguments about the players' astrological signs.
More than 20 Yelpers give Mangia Italiano On Third an average of four stars:
Mangia Italiano on Third
In 1959, Domenic Donato ventured from his hometown of Cosenza, Italy, to California, where he opened his first Italian restaurant with recipes from his mother, Rosa, whom he considers the best cook in Italy. Donato soon opened a succession of Italian restaurants now owned and operated by his sister, brother, and sons. In 2006, Donato passed down Mangia Italiano on Third to close family friends Adam and Kathy. The pair faithfully continues to follow the recipes passed down through generations of the Donato family, as well as adding modern twists to Italian classics.
Inside the kitchens, chefs bake eggplant parmigana with ricotta and romano cheese and lightly flour and sauté veal with fresh mushrooms and marsala wine sauce. In the dining area, murals of Italian seascapes are dotted with white sails puffing in the wind and depict ancient ruins full of crumbling columns and Betamax players. When not inspecting the restaurant's art, patrons can dig into plates of housemade cannolis and tiramisu.
Downtown Chula Vista
248 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, California 91910Get Directions