Pizza is ubiquitous in American culture, thanks solely to its ability to double as a fraction calculator. Indulge in a numerator with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria in Layfatette.
Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria welcomes diners to grab an intimate seat by the dining room window or perch below red murals to peruse a menu of pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. On the Il Giardino pizza ($22.45/medium), brash slices of zucchini flirt with artichoke hearts until the smoky voice of mushrooms lures the legumes away. Tables can split a chicken gourmet pizza ($23/medium), admiring the rich flavor of Italian garlic-herb sauce tempered with mushrooms and chicken. The meat tortellini ($9.75+) infuses pillowing circular pasta with well-seasoned beef and veal plus two of the chef's top-secret ingredients—love and marinara sauce. For a luncheon or light supper, the kitchen also outputs sandwiches such as the breaded veal cutlet ($7.95) and the open-face sausage-and-pepper New Yorker ($7.85).
Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria
This family-owned, Italian flag-colored eatery fed its first patron in 1998. Ever since, its chefs have stood behind stainless-steel countertops in the kitchen to hand-toss disks of dough into pizzas, which they slide into hot ovens on wooden peels. While the pies bake, they also stir the house-made pasta sauces bubbling atop burners. Lasagnas with meat sauce, marinated mushrooms, and ricotta cheeses bake inside ovens alongside signature pizzas. An example of one of these specialties is the pesto genovese with pancetta and fresh tomatoes. Traditional, house-made minestrone soup with seasonal vegetables, crisp salads, and veal parmigiano warms the palates of those who'd rather not swallow the planet Mercury.
The bright, clean walls of the dining area exhibit colorful paintings that include a wall-sized display of pink cherubs flying across a red background with pizzas in their outstretched arms.
975 Moraga Rd.
Lafayette, California 94549