Mangia Mangia - Albany, CA
delightfully an unforgettable chocolate Souffle'. So welcome, come to our table and eat, you will be served well, you will eat well. Mangia mangia
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Please join us for a rosy and cozy valentines day in a romantic settings. Celebrate with your loved ones over our famous chocolate souffle. We offer special Valentines menu with a selection of seasonal, local ingredients made with love. Please make your reservations now! Grazie mille!
Thursday, February 14, 2019
It is in our neighborhood so we will be back. usually love this spot but the food was just so so this time. It is in our neighborhood so we will be back. Skip the lasagna and order another pasta. Good wine list. Lovely owner and great wait staff.
Consistently delicious and very friendly. Wonderfully prepared Italian-inspired dishes, personal atmosphere - and don't miss the chocolate soufflé!
Delicious, every time!
I have recommended Mangia Mangia to many family members and friends. All have been delightfully satisfied.
My wife and I went for Dinner on New Year’s Eve, I was very happy to get a last minute reservation at the time we wanted. Everything was great, the Appetizer, each of our meals, and the Chocolate lava cake for dessert. Also a nice selection of wines.
But there were two things I did not like.
1. Felt a bit rushed by the server, he was nice but was definitely pushing to turn the table ASAP. I get this being New Year’s Eve, probably trying to turn every table at least 3 times, but the restaurant was not full, and no one was waiting for a table when we left.
2. The other thing I did not like and actually made me mad was the pricing. They had a “special” limited menu I believe about 6 (soups, salads, appetizers) and about 7 main entrées. When selecting this place for dinner I looked at their website, I looked at their regular menu, all entrées have a price point of about $18- $24. The reservation confirmation and their website mentioned the “special” menu for New Years, but did not have items listed.
Almost all of the entrees on the special menu had a price point of $33-$35.
I’m not cheap, and don’t mind spending money on a good meal. But I don’t think it’s a good business practice to raise your “special” menu prices so much higher than your typical prices without noting it.
This is an under appreciated gem- wonderful ambiance, tasty first course , fabulous pasta dishes - we had the manicotti ( with chicken and carmelized onions ) the seafood pasta , the spicy Norma and the pasta with Gorgonzola & chard. All were delicious. The chocolate soufflé is rich and dark and the Zabaglione reminded me of Mary’s on Bedford in Greenwich Village in the 70’s. True classics.
As always, a welcoming and warm atmosphere. We were there for my belated birthday and had a memorable meal. Still thinking about my flavorful dish of squid-ink pasta and fresh, perfectly prepared mussels, shrimp and salmon. My husband enjoyed his manicotti as well. The restaurant sent me a greeting card inviting us to enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and the chocolate souffle, YUM. We will return often, and introduce our friends as well.
The food was good but not very interesting
The food and service are exquisite!!! I’ve been coming for years and not once have I had a bad experience.
Horrible will NEVER go there again
Atmosphere is very dowdy like a mortuary. Staff seem unhappy.
We had bad mussel in seafood dish and we got no compensation at all.
Food is ok except for the bad mussel so how fr
Maybe they aren’t doing well or are burned out.
Simply wonderful and delicious in every way!
MAngia Mangia offers wonderful food, thoughtful and attentive service and very good value for your dollar. The menu is not standard "California-Italian" pastas but has a variety of really imaginative and luscious dishes.
Love this restaurant. Fresh food, made with care to order. Everything was delicious. Wonderful neighborhood, cozy spot. Good service.
Very authentic family-style Italian food. Reliably wonderful over the years.
Nice neighborhood place specializing in excellent Italian food. Creative menu and great selection plus attentive service by the owners and enjoyed open kitchen design. Will be our neighborhood go to place foe excellent italian food at very reasonable prices. Nice quiet room and easy parking.
Wonderful food and ambiance!! The service was excellent and the food was amazing, I am still thinking about it!!
My husband and I went to Mangia Mangia on our first date 10 years ago and we return every birthday and anniversary since. My parents are from Italy and I can tell you, the food is authentic and absolutely delicious. The wait staff are charming and personable. This is one of our favorite spots!
We love this neighbohood restaurant. Soulful comfort food. Owners/Chef take pride in their food. I LOVE the linguine with mushrooms in cream sauce! The chocolate soufflé is a absolute must!!
worst customer service ever and this is the second time I've eaten here. Waiter great, hostess plain mean and rude just like the first time. What's her problem?
great food and service...but a noisy blower over the grill up front was a bit much at times, and it never stopped...still, we'll return!
Never disappoints!! We love everything about this place, from the warm welcome we receive from the owners to the wonderful service, from the creative daily specials menu to the predicably delicious regular dishes, from the tempting presentation to the unforgettable flavors. All aspects of an evening dining here are memorable and demand a repetition. We’ll be back soon, for sure!
I have gone to Mangia Mangia for over 20 years. It's a fine choice for a special one-on-one occasion with one big caveat. You have to go as early as possible since the noise level becomes very unpleasant as the evening goes on. The food is always excellent. The service varies. Still, I keep going back since the overall experience is worth it.
Mangia Mangia feels like an old world Italian restaurant - the food is consistently excellent and the service is with heart and soul.
The food was excellent and the noise level I saw low, although most of the tables were occupied. Very good service and he was knowledgeable about the food, as well as the wine. Open kitchen is fun watch.
great neighborhood italian restaurant. staff is friendly, remembers repeat customers. food is excellent, always well prepared with tasty and interesting menu items.
Wonderful experience. Great food, perfect service, hospitable ambience. This restaurant delivers classically fine dining in a warm, unpretentious setting that delivers timeless high-quality food and service. Unpretentious, yet there are linens on the table and careful attention to the highest-quality ingredients. The watermelon salad we enjoyed tonight was the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Portions are ample. If you’re a chocolate lover, do order the chocolate soufflé for dessert and share it with your companion. This restaurant is quiet enough to enjoy an actual extended conversation with your dinner partner. Go here to deepen your friendship, not take a dive into your device.
Food is unusually good for a neighborhood restaurant and presented well. Service and ambience are pedestrian. Prices are perhaps a bit steep (not excessively). The much touted chocolate souffle was poorly prepared and flat.
We had a wonderful dinner, we each had a different pasta dish along with a delicious salad with pear slices. Our pasta dishes Norma which had a spicey red sauce , sausage, eggplant , Pero Nero, black pepper pasta, and salmon in a light white sauce . We had a soufflé and combo flavors of gelato-sorbet for dessert all delicious. It's a terrific local restaurant, excellent service, and consistent quality.
Hello when I saw the reviews for this place I saw many mixed reviews and so I thought I will try it for myself. We love Italian food and eat at many good Italian restaurants as well as cook at home. I had the Italian sausage and penne pasta with eggplant and my food was very salty and the sausage was Way overcooked and I think the used just pork sausage which had quite a bit of grizzle. My husband had the Bolognese which was just OK . We were celebrating our anniversary and I did let them know when I made the reservation on open table and they asked if we wanted the soufflé and I saw in many of the reviews that the soufflé was always on the house for celebrations so I thought ours would be too but it wasn’t . I didn’t say anything but I was quite disappointed that they didn’t even say congratulations on your anniversary. Other than that the service was good.
A friend and I made this reservation based on a friend of a friend recommending it. We wanted a special Italian dinner out prior to attending the local community theater. (my friend is of Italian descent). We both found the food to be so-so, and quite overpriced. $24 for entrees that are mediocre is too much.
Always very good. One of my favorites for over 20 years.
Same great food and service. Never disappointed.
We always love our meals at Mangia Mangia. Great food, great atmosphere, great staff.
Courteous and attentive wait staff. The three of us truly enjoyed the experience. Great polenta appetizer, and the pappardelle with lamb was outstanding. All of the portions were very generous. We will certainly come back again. Small but excellent wine list.
We went here for my husband's birthday. He had been here about 15 years ago and had been wanting to try it again. Our experience didn't start off with the best impression as we had to tell 4 different people we had a reservation and tried to check in. We finally got a woman who obviously knew what to do. Since it is small and extremely noisy, my husband asked if we could be seated up front by the windows (both he and another friend are hard of hearing and it would've been impossible to hear if we were seated in the main part). After some reluctance, a table was setup in front and we were seated.
We started with the bruschetta. It was given a nice presentation and there were 3 large pieces. Unfortunately, it was bland, toasted on top but cold in the middle. Two of us had the halibut special. The halibut was perfectly cooked and served with orzo in a light cream sauce. Again, the food was a bit bland, needing more salt (and I normally don't use a lot of salt). My husband had the lamb which was good. The fourth person had the chicken scallopine. He said it was good.
After the rocky start, the service turned out to be very good. Since it was my husband's birthday, they gave us the chocolate souffle on the house. The souffle was very good and the portion was a perfect ending. Overall, I would say the food was average; the prices are reasonable and the portions a decent size.
A bit noisy. Even when the crowd cleared out we heard a hum from an exhaust fan or generator.
Generally good food and service. Wines by glass expensive.
I was not impressed by the food - it was ok but none of it was inspiring for this price range - we had one of their vegetarian pastas and the lamb shank. The Zabaglione dessert was actually excellent.
We had a lovely day at the Garden show and wanted a few appetizers before going home.
Perfect, hit the spot!!
Excellent place. Owners on site and friendly. Waiter was on point and excellent service.
Excellent as always