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“Terrible Food, Unconscious Service” 1 of 5 stars
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Mangia Mangia
209 S Kalamazoo Mall, Ste B, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4831
269-552-4444
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Ranked #51 of 291 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Middleton, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Terrible Food, Unconscious Service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My family and I ate at Mangia Mangia tonight and we will not be back. The empty restaurant should have been a clue. It started out OK, with a nice Bruschetta appetizer, but went downhill from there. First, the wine we ordered was out of stock, so we had to choose something else. The server had no idea what to recommend (she was nice, but really not well trained). We finally picked something else, and lucked into a good bottle of wine. Next, we ordered dinner, which was supposed to come with bread, which apparently had not been cooked yet "hopefully, you'll get bread with your dinner" was the quote from our server. We got the bread shortly after the main dishes arrived--it was average. When dinner finally arrived, both the chicken dishes were overcooked with tough dry chicken smothered in a gross, overly sweet marinara sauce. The manicotti my daughter ordered was smothered in the same sauce and the pasta was filled with grainy, tasteless ricotta cheese. None of the dishes were edible--the leftovers were NOT taken home. When the server asked, "How was everything?," we said that honestly the chicken was overcooked, dry and basically inedible. She said she was sorry and went away. In any other restaurant, we would have had a concerned visit from management--we got no such visit. In fact, the server came back and asked us if we had saved room for a delicious, ooey-gooey dessert, apparently completely oblivious of the fact that we had told her we were highly unsatisfied. We paid over $100 for the worst restaurant meal we've had in a long time. We will not return, nor will we recommend the restaurant to our friends. Overall, a terrible experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Used a coupon, but would go back without one.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Love that I don't have to travel to Paw Paw to get the same tasty dishes that La Cantina is famous for. This location is right in my back yard.

Visited February 2013
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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Monday special is worth the trip..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

$3.50 for a medium bowl of spaghetti - no frills. They make up the difference in their wine menu. Spagets was tastey, and recomnend

  • Visited May 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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Battle Creek, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great wine selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Food, wine and service were all top notch! This was a group dinner, but the waitstaff treated us like we were all individual parties.

Visited March 2013
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Out of Town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We headed to Kalamazoo for a little getaway. We stayed at a nearby B&B. The Inn Keepers referred us to this establishment. The atmosphere was very romantic and we enjoyed our meals.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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