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“A gem in the country” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Mangia

Cafe Mangia
68 Linwood Ave Ste 1, Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-7707
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Ranked #2 of 34 restaurants in Colchester
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Mystic, Connecticut
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88 reviews 88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“A gem in the country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Took my office staff to this restaurant yesterday (Thursday) for Dinner.Had made early reservations so could head out to the place right after the office closed. We were promptly seated and chose to eat on the porch given it was a warm day. The surroundings are pleasant.Service was prompt and generally efficient in keeping with the price level of the restaurant. Silverware was removed and replaced and the table unobtrusively swept for breadcrumbs after our first course.The menu is limited and entrees take some time to bring out telling me its not a nuked frozen meal. Presentation is artful, portions are the big Americanized size. Appreciate the waiter suggesting we go half size with the salads as what is listed on menu is entree sizes. Food is well seasoned and none of us had any complaints.While there were a few tables occupied at 5:30 by 7:00 it was getting busy. We left at 9:00 pm and the place was still hopping- not bad for a Thursday night in September.Special requests were handled accurately and with a smile "without the prosciutto for the penne vodka, but add some grilled chicken". There were 3 dessert options- freshly made in house it appeared.
Total for 4 (1 had a martini, ordered two deserts only and 3 had coffee) came to $118. Not bad at all.
We will be back

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Colchester, Connecticut, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My favorite restaurant in town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Cafe mangia is small but quaint. The service is outstanding and the food is amazing. The risotto is the best I have had anywhere. My favorite dish is the penne pasta with wild mushrooms and asparagus in a cream sauce. It used to be part of the menu but is now usually a special. Even if its not a special, they are always willing to make it for me. I highly recommend Cafe Mangia!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Connecticut, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A nice surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I tried this restaurant recently after moving to the area, and was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food! My friend and I shared a stuffed pepper (which was quite large for one person), and had the grilled polenta cakes as well as the penne puttanesca. The penne puttanesca was one of the best I've ever had, and the portions were large enough for us to take home for lunch the next day. The cannolis were a nice end to the meal. Although the food was very good, the outside patio was a bit loud due to the nearby traffic. We found the prices to be a bit steep as well. I'd definitely go back again, but probably for a special occasion, and I would try to eat inside.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Very Good Italian Food in a Cozy Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The restaurant is located in a building that in its former life was someone's home. The main dining room seats about 40 people. There are several 2 person and 4 person tables in the room. Larger groups can be accommodated by moving tables together. There is also dining in a closed- in porch outside the main dining room. There is a window air conditioner and ceiling fans to provide cooling in the main dining room during the summer months.On the Saturday evening that we were dining at the restaurant, the outdoor temperature was in the low 90's and the main dining room was almost full. The air conditioner and fans just barely kept the room temperature comfortable. There is a nice variety of appetizers, salads, pastas and entree's to choose from on the restaurants dinner menu. There were also one appetizer, one pasta and one entree special each. We had the Bruschetta special , the Caesar salad, veal Marsala special and chicken picatta for our food. The entree's come with choice of potato/risotto and vegetables. We had the garlic roasted potatoes, the asparagus and the vegetable medley. We did not order dessert . All of the food was freshly prepared (the kitchen area is visible from the dining room) and very good. The Caesar salad could have used a touch more dressing and the option of more freshly shredded cheese. The waitstaff provided excellent service. We always had a full glass of water but you never really noticed that someone had filled it. Our waiter was knowledgeable of all the menu offerings and specials. There is a gentleman with a guitar who travels throughout the dining room (and the porch) and sings songs (Italian and otherwise) to diners. As a heads up, he likes to talk to people, so you do run the possibility of him talking/singing to you as you are trying to eat dinner. The waiting time between appetizer to salad was average although the wait from salad to entree was a little above average. The tables are small and quite close to one another. However, since the waitstaff is so efficient , there is always enough room on the table to handle dishes, utensils and glasses. The dining room is quite cozy but it can be very noisy if there are some loud diners in the room. Based on our visit on a Saturday evening in July, I would recommend making reservations. Some of the pasta entrees looked quite intriguing and we will definitely be back to give some of them a try. I recommend Cafe Mangia to any traveler, in the Colchester, CT area, who is looking for good Italian food at a reasonable price.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mystic, Connecticut
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73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Elegant and Adorable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

My mother recently moved to Colchester and had mentioned that this was her new favorite place. I checked out the menu online and was happy to see that they had plenty of vegetarian options. We visited this past Tuesday, and were shocked when they asked if we had reservations, because they would be near capacity that night. This is a great sign!! They managed to squeeze us in at a nice window seat. My mother was greeted by the owner (they go there a lot lately, evidently!) and we chatted with our very friendly server. They have a great selection of wine, which we enjoyed, and started out with their delicious spinach salad and garlic bread too. My mother had one of the nights specials, the shrimp scampi, and I had their polenta stack. The polenta overall was pretty impressive, however, it was a bit dry, more like corn bread instead of polenta. The flavor of the vegetables and ricotta made up for it though! The service was excellent, the atmosphere is perfect, the bread is delicious, and it was a great experience. I would definitely return on a regular basis if I didn't like 40 minutes away, but I imagine we'll be returning with a larger group at some point in the near future. I LOVE that they don't rush you. We were able to have long conversations and thoroughly enjoy our dinner without feeling like they just wanted to turn over our table to the next couple.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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