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Those who remember Mangia Italiano as a cramped, smoky, funky 3 a.m. bar that just happened to serve tasty pastas, pizzas and sandwiches might be shocked by recent developments. The South Grand mainstay has expanded, adding a spacious and -- gasp! -- nonsmoking dining room. Local musicians turn one corner into a stage on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, rocking out into the wee hours of the morning. The vibe remains casual, and the menu continues to feature such signature dishes as spaghetti Mangia and pizzas named after characters from Roman mythology. The seafood risotto -- shrimp and lobster in a rich seafood stock -- might be your best bet, but keep your ears perked when your server recites the daily specials. The kitchen often offers a fish of the day or seasonal favorites, such as morels.
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Remember that pianist at your daughter's school's talent show who wowed you with her mastery of styles as disparate as jazzy pop, ballads, tango and country? Well, now that you've gotten past her alternately stirring and lilting voice and her... More »
We know, we know: Mangia Italiano ain't exactly a state secret. They serve great pasta by day and cold beer until 3 a.m. every night, and it is ground zero for hipsterdom on South Grand (a blessing or a curse, depending on your disposition). But hear us out on this one: While most karaoke bars force you to sit through an unbearable number of Shania Twain songs before getting to the good stuff, the crowd at Mangia on Monday nights knows how to plumb the deep recesses of the collective subconscious and come up with some great selections. Mike & the Mechanics' "All I Need Is a Miracle"? Check. Warren Zevon's "Lawyers, Guns and Money"? You bet, Bosco. Plus, you are almost guaranteed to hear a Pixies song every week. When the cooler-than-thou drop the pose and embrace the egoless cheese of karaoke, it's worth checking out.
Mmmrfphmmmrfphmmmrfhmmm Oh. Hi. Hold on a sec. Lemme grab a napkin. OK. So, like, we're usually too busy eating the calamari at Mangia Italiano to talk about them and, let's be honest, what higher compliment could we pay? There's no secret. Just a simple -- and simply delicious -- dish, executed well: tender squid; batter a crisp, golden brown; a spicy tomato sauce. You know why else we don't talk about Mangia's calamari? Because someone else might eat the rest of 'em while we're... More »
We know, we know: Mangia Italiano ain't exactly a state secret. They serve great pasta by day and cold beer until 3 a.m. every night, and it is ground zero for hipsterdom on South Grand (a blessing or a curse, depending on your disposition). But hear us out on this one: While most karaoke bars force you to sit through an unbearable number of Shania Twain songs before getting to the good stuff, the crowd at Mangia on Monday nights knows how to plumb the deep recesses of the collective... More »
You may not remember Ryder Murphy, or know that he has ever served you at Mangia Italiano. Maybe all you have is some vague recollection of last Friday night, one that involved double-fisting cans of Schlitz while dirty dancing to John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" with a total stranger (even though you hate jazz). Maybe you don't remember ever being at Mangia Italiano -- or maybe you have a problem. But maybe -- just maybe -- you vaguely remember the bartender being a really nice... More »
As the clock strikes 1:30 a.m. on South Grand, choruses of "Get out!" ricochet through the strip of bars. It's the witching hour, the nightly ritual of the great hipster migration. Those still seeking alcohol stretch out their arms for balance, shuffling like the living dead, drawn to their three-o'clock mecca: Mangia Italiano, a bar whose worldly selection of beers and wines will appease both connoisseurs and cheapskates. Thanks to Mangia's recent expansion, the place no longer feels like a... More »
When it comes to Italian food in St. Louis, there's cheap and crappy and there's expensive and very good. But finding that middle ground? Not so easy. Mangia Italiano's quartet of owners, all of them armed with street-level restaurant experience, resurrected and updated their small space in 2002 without losing the original Bohemian charm. Artist Wayne St. Wayne's wall mural, a manic depiction of human history titled Mangia Evolutiano, was preserved and the bathrooms are now fit for human... More »
"Oh man!" went the refrain from far and wide earlier this year, "Mangia got a 3 a.m. license? Now I'll never leave!" Long a regular stop on any self-respecting hipster's nightly rounds, Mangia Italiano, by the look of things, already had it all (There's reliably good food! There's Dave Stone playing amazing jazz! There's cheap Falstaff! There's Betsy!), but the expansion of a bar's business day by just two little hours can create a brand-new mindset -- in essence, a brand-new bar. The drinks... More »
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