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119 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.678939 -73.978634
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-11:00pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12:00am BRUNCH Sat-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
WAS good. – They have messed up far too many times in the recent past. We moved into the neighborhood 2 years ago, and found Mangia. It was great. We had no complaints, and we were ordering at least once a week, up to 3, and going to brunch (unlimited Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Champagne, Coffee, Tea). We were in love. One day our pizza came sideways with the cheese glued to the box. We chalked it up to a new delivery guy. They went downhill FAST. Brunch: If you order a fritatta, don't bother choosing, it will come as a big cheesy surprise, with mystery ingredients, things not even on the menu. My friend ordered the Smoked Salmon Plate, which is supposed to be foccachia, cream cheese, tomato, capers and salmon, sounds good. It was a plate covered in a paper thin layer of salmon, with a ball of cream cheese in the middle and ONE HALF slice of stale bread. She then found a curly black hair placed on top, like a cherry on a sundae. Pasta: They have started using overcooked dry pasta (they claim it to be homemade), and using either one teaspoon of flavorless tomato, or tons of oil as a sauce. They used to supply delivery orders with little bags of freshly grated Parm, and tons of bread, now even if you ask for it you don't get it. About a week ago we ordered hoping we would get a "good night". They called 30 minutes later and told us they were out of what we ordered and they had chosen something with the same price to send us. Ok, fine. Why then, are you asking for my credit card again? After mumbled explanations, we said fine, but I better not find two charges. They charged us twice, and our food took another 40 minutes. Last thing we got from them was salad, usually really good, and fresh. They charged us extra $5 for 4 small(smelly, oversalted, cold)grilled shrimp on my soggy salad, most of which was at the bottom of the bag. They didn't seem concerned when we told them that they had screwed up and lost a faithful customer.
Tip: Do NOT Lie To Your Customers – Went here last night for the first time and was completely underwhelmed. First of all, the waitress lied about the pasta, ALWAYS a no-no in my book. The awning brags "homemade pastas", and my mother and I were assured (twice) that ALL of the pastas were homemade. I ordered the penne alla vodka (after asking again and being told that yes, it was homemade pasta), only to find that it was obviously not homemade but some generic brand of dry pasta. This is from someone who has been to Italy and has bought nothing but fresh (not dried) pasta for years, so I am a credible source. Even the vodka sauce did not taste homemade, it had no texture and it was bland. The atmosphere was ok and the service was good enough, but since the waitress blatantly lied to me I will not be going back. Don't believe the lies, there are so many better Italian restaurants in this city that there is NO reason to eat at this one.
Manager Fiascoe Caused Easter Last Straw – It's sad when one person can incur the demise of an outstanding new restaurant in the community, yet he's still standing. They have an awesome Sunday brunch with unlimited champagne, orange juice and Mimosas. I would have highly recommended their Mangia's Eggs Benedict, (which was one of the best version's of Egg's Benedict I've ever had!) We ordered Mimosas and the first one was great. The second one I noticed tasted a little funny but couldn't figure out what changed. I asked Ruben if it was a different brand of juice or champagne and he said no. We were sitting right where he made them so we watched him make the next. He took a little bit of champagne and poured it in then some orange juice but the glass was less then half full when he topped it off with their house sparkling water. We watched him do that to everyone's drinks after that. I guess because we were such regular customers we actually both got one Mimosa that was right. After that we asked him for just champagne and glass of orange juice. I figured we would make our own. One the second glass of champagne he told us he was out of champagne, but we saw a few bottles still unopened on the counter of the bar. It appeared he was trying to cut down his overall food cost at the expense of customers, even regulars! On the average we ate about 3 full course dinners & wine weekly, and other days we came in for appetizers & a few mixed drinks. On the average we spent $600.00 dollars a week. Last Easter was the last straw and he may have saved food cost that day with switching out the champagne for sparkling water but he lost our regular patronage. We have heard complaints from many of the locals around since Ruben took over. The owner and her husband are very sweet but they have a poor choice in who they hired to manage the place. In the beginning Mangia's felt like a romantic cozy Italian home but after Ruben's poor care we went on down the street to our new home Blue Ribbon Steakhouse!
Nothing Special Here – Several times we were told in advanced during special holidays they would have a specific menu and they promised us an entree we were looking forward to. We would plan on spending our Holiday with them and when we sat down to order on those Holidays it wasn't what we expected and were hugely disappointed! We wouldn't have dined there based on the menu we had to choose from, but by then all other reservations were booked up completely at the last minute anywhere else in the city. We stopped giving them chances since a few too many romantic holiday dinners were ruined by not getting what we expected to be able to choose from. We noticed it appeared to be a pattern saying they couldn't get it. This seemed to be Ruben's doing, as other's there looked puzzled he told us he planned on having those entrees. This restaurant went from an "8" at best (when they hired another chef, who was excellent, to replace the previous) all the way down to a "2" when the new manager Ruben took over.
Are You Being Served? – My boyfriend and I used to eat here all the time when they first open. Everything was excellent and my favorite dishes the Chef made were specials Shrimp Francese and Filet Mignon. Other steaks were less than desirable. One of my favorite dishes, other places might not offer is Clams Oreganota, They are excellent and I'd give them high scores, just wish the clams were bigger or a few more since they are tiny. That dish has always been consistent but just once when the chef was off. I highly recommend their Spinach Salad with glazed walnuts and goat cheese. One of my favorite dishes is Fettuccine Alfredo but it wasn't consistent at all and at times was too buttery. Spinach Manicotti was always too dry. Pizza was good at first until they lost their good pizza Chef then they raised the prices. Mixed drinks there are good and the atmosphere in the evening is romantic, nice and cozy if you get there at the right time. Service used to be excellent but when they hired their new manager, Ruben, things went down hill. He is overly pushy on Specials and never around when you need him, since he's busy flirting with women at other tables. They remodeled and the glass was attractive but lost the intimacy we really enjoyed. Service descended to an all time low. Even as regulars, at times dining there up to three times a week, we might wait hours for our food, and a few times Rubin forgot to turn our order in. Ruben is also a yes man, but it's best to ask others to find out what's really good. Ruben says it's all good but he was often clueless what was in the dish. After many pushes he would check on a wrong order, when we ommited an item we didn't want, only to find it was in there and he forgot to tell the Chef, on numerous occasions. Worst time to catch them is 3:30-4:30 PM when it seems the entire staff eats together and you have to wait for them to check back with you. It almost seems as if they ignore you, since you can barely flag them down.
Great food & service – I just moved to the neighborhood 3 moths ago and found this great Italian restaurant. Everyone in the place is nice,helpful & friendly even when you place a takeout order. Would definetly recommend this place and very resonably priced.
One of the best neighborhood restaurants in NYC – My wife and I have been eating at Mangia for many years now. We've seen it change from a humble pizzeria to what it is today - simply one of the best neighborhood restaurants in New York City. The food is superb. The ingredients are always fresh. The dishes are always prepared with care and expertise. Yes, the food is excellent, however what really makes this restaurant stand out from all the rest is the atmosphere. Managers Reuben & Ricky are to be credited with creating the perfect environment. One never feels rushed. One always feels that their needs are being attended to. Privacy & space are well respected. There is a romantic intimacy about the place that my wife and I have come to cherish. A visit to Mangia leaves on satiated, relaxed, and feeling a sense of overall well-being. This is the way dinning out should make you feel.
ABOSOLUTELY TERRIBLE SERVICE – Our waiter took ages to take our order, he forgot about us and disappeared for 40 minutes to go hang out in the kitchen. Even he popped up, saw us glaring at him and realized that he hadn't given us any food. We had to bother managers and other waiters several times to get a serviced and get a check. One of the clumsy waiters spilled food all over my boyfriend, it was just horrible IT WAS JUST TERRIBLE. Definitely not worth it. Worst 2 hours of my life!
Grossest italian i have ever tasted... – This restaurant was said to be pretty good, so i went to try it with my bf. it was very nice looking, but the wait service was slow and they definitely lost interest after we didnt order their expensive wines. I ordered veal, and my bf had pasta. His pasta was soft and mushy, with sauce that tasted like cans. My veal was dry, and tough (can you even get that from veal!?) and the complimentary pasta that came with my dish was just plain nasty. Only the spinach was good. needless to say, we didnt stay for dessert. The table next to us ordered lots of drinks (at $8-10 a drink) and they got served before us, even though we arrived and ordered a good 15 minutes before them...Also, the service sucked. There was a large party next to us, and they were really upset that the waiter forgot two orders, and they were left without food, while all their friends got their food.
I will never go back to this nasty "italian" place, not when there is sotto voce closer to my house.
Not worth it anymore – My husband and I been going there on and off for over a year now. I think they're spending more money on redecorating rather than maintaing the quality of food.. The food is NOT what it used to be. My linguine w/clams was just gross.. Plus their "head" waiter is very pushy .. especially with the wine. He sold the same wine to three tables last night.
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