Discovered in 1953, pizza is the only food to have been eaten on the moon, blessed by a pope, and endorsed by Olympic marathoner Gezahegne Abera—the ‘triple crown’ of food honors. With today’s Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of food and drink at Mangia Neopolitan Pizza. Mangia isn’t considered a sit-down restaurant per se, so your Groupon is good toward carryout and delivery ($1.50 charge) of pizzas, calzones, salads, and drinks, but only at the South End location.
The foundation of Mangia’s pies is a delicious whole-wheat crust that adds healthy gusto to every bite, like planting a tree inside the bank without permission. Unless you eat your pizza upside down, the underbelly of the pizza will be the first (and therefore most critical) component to reach your taste buds. An initial flavorable contact with the crust sets the pace for what follows. Writing for the Boston Globe review, reviewer John Guilfoil says that a good Italian pizza requires “the right dough to make a thin crust that's thick enough to handle its own weight when you pick it up. It can't be too thick and bready, nor too thin and fall apart. Mangia has it down.”
Mangia’s signature Tuscany pizza kicks off the menu. It’s a sauceless mix of cheese, pesto, seasoning, and tomatoes atop Mangia's famous crust ($14.95 small, $17.95 large). All other specialty pizzas are $13.95 for a small and $16.95 for a large. Options include experimental Buffalo Joe (homemade buffalo sauce, shredded mozzarella, buffalo-marinated chicken and sliced red onions) and the meaty Phantom’s Fav (double pepperoni, double sliced Italian sausage, fresh sliced mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella). Build your own creation with a basic small ($8.95) or large ($11.95) cheese pizza and add extra ingredients at $1.50 a pop. Pile on meats, cheeses, veggies, and seafood to create high mounds that are an affront to gravity itself.
If you prefer your pizzas wrapped and folded, grab a calzone filled with mozzarella, ricotta, and imported asiago ($8.95). Add ingredients for $1.50 each. Large salads are available to accompany or substitute for a pizza. The house Mangia salad consists of fresh buffalo mozzarella, fire-roasted red peppers, and black olives over a romaine spring mix ($7.95). The Tuscan, Greek, and Boston cranberry & walnut salads ($7.95 each) offer a salady alternative to pizza.
The Boston Globe reviewed the pizza place in 2008 saying:
- It takes three things to make a good Italian pizza: fresh cheese, a distinct tomato sauce, and the right dough to make a thin crust that's thick enough to handle its own weight when you pick it up. It can't be too thick and bready, nor too thin and fall apart. Mangia has it down. – John Guilfoil, Boston Globe
- What we loved was the fact that they only use WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR for their pies. I think that adds to the crispness of the crust...For me its all about the crust, and others claim to have it down. SORRY GUYS! Mangia's got you! – pizzaman22, Citysearch
- I agree with other reviews that Mangia's pizza is excellent, aromatic and tasty. Have eaten here about 3 times. Possibly best pizza in South End. – Scott L., Yelp
Pizza is a cultural institution, penetrating every sphere of modern media, including video games. The first pizza-inspired video game, Pizza Problems! was released by Activavision Studios (a former pinball-repair and budget key-copying service) in 1981.
Pizza Problems sold an unprecedented 300 copies in 1981, and was even briefly adapted into a Saturday morning animated series, although viewers objected to Pepperoni’s portrayal as a softheaded comic foil. Activavision Studios recently announced plans for a 30th anniversary relaunch of the Pizza Problems franchise, a mature-rated gore fest featuring the sultry voice talents of David Hyde Pierce.
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