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Italian, Pizza
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews cannoli pasta focaccia bread fixed menu italian feast chef nick family style dinner friday evening wonderful evening full bar fun atmosphere great music pellegrino appetizers blast coeliac servers
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Reviewed June 19, 2020 via mobile

Excellent dining options especially for celiac. Very knowledgeable owner with separate prep area and dedicated fryer. No cross contamination.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed January 31, 2020

First let me say we did not go for the Italian Feast that they have on Friday and Saturday nights. We wanted to test the waters with just a regular meal first. I guess once bitten twice shy has made us learn not to commit...too soon. We made a reservation on OpenTable that required a credit card. I could understand this for the Feast but this was for dinner on a Thursday night. When we went to check in they just said sit anywhere. Since we had a reservation and they took our credit card we knew we had to mention that. They didn't seem to care and didn't even look at their reservation log. This is a shabby, rundown place. No other way to describe it. It looks like one of the old honkey tonks on Broadway. Old tables, banquettes that have seen better days, my husband was sunk down so low on the worn out bench. Just a dank, dismal place. The menu is hard to understand. Look online, I am sure you will agree. Nowhere do they list any pasta names, rigatoni, penne etc. We ordered Caesar salads, and meatballs and Sunday sauce. We knew it must come with pasta but nowhere is that mentioned. Our server said it was rigatoni. The salad was served in one of those lopsided kind of bowls, with one side higher than the other so the low side looks like the contents will spill right out. Not too bad for a salad, but when the pasta and meatballs came in the same bowl that was bad. Rigatoni, 2 meatballs and 2 pieces of focaccia bread on top. No salad plate or anywhere else to place your knife, fork or bread except on the table. Bowl was so full with the two meatballs, pasta and bread that you could hardly cut the meatballs, which were not tender at all. I thought they were going to go sailing out of the bowl at any minute. They tasted pretty good, not as good as Il Mulino, but decent. It was quite a job trying to cut them in that ridiculous bowl without them going air borne Who thought this was a good idea for people trying to enjoy a meal ??? Service was OK, our server was busy with a very loud, large group of women about 20 at one table. I think it was 1/2 drinks, Girls night out on Thursdays. So whereas the food was not bad, everything else was, thus making for a less than enjoyable evening. That is why I rate it poor. People's time spent and enjoyment means a lot to me. It should to the restaurant as well. We skipped dessert because we hated this unappealing place. We saw a couple of pizzas on a table as we were leaving. They didn't look good at all. We crossed this place off our list immediately. I can't imagine being stuck in this place for 4 hours having the feast that doncab wrote about in his review of August 17th. Read his review and be the judge. Maybe it would be fun with friends, but he did not care for the food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

We all had a BLASt! I’d go again in a NY second. The food was way too plentiful and delicious! The crowd was great! Our servers were as fine as the food. The only weak link was a lackluster bourbon list... but do t let...that keep you from having such a fun experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Wonderful evening! Entirely too much food, but great experience. A must do! Dancing and great music. The owner/chef was very involved.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 3, 2019

Went to Nashville with a couple of girlfriends for some fun and food. For our last night there I wanted to find a place for dinner with good food and some fun, Mangia definitely didn't disappoint! On Friday and Saturday nights they do a family...style dinner that starts at 7 pm and ends around 10 pm. Those 3 hours flew by!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 30, 2019 via mobile

I have to agree with the other excellent reviewers of Mangia Nashville. We visited from NYC and dined with family members from Santa Fe as well as friends from Nashville. The six of us went for the Saturday night family style dinner and thoroughly enjoyed...our meal, cocktails, wine, dessert.... and the interactive singing and dancing. We are well travelled and have eaten in many excellent restaurants in NYC and elsewhere, and chef Nick Pellegrino’s dishes were nothing short of world-class. Every single dish was fantastic. A great addition to Nashville’s buzz-worthy culinary scene.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 17, 2019

My wife and I have always wanted to try Mangia so, after living in Nashville for 20 years, went with another couple for the Friday evening feast. The atmosphere is fun, the food is plentiful, and the wait staff is friendly. It appeared to be...a sold out restaurant with the majority being first-timers (the staff asked for a show of hands for those eating there for the first time). I am surprised to read the other reviews that rave about the food because we were disappointed. We only nibbled on some of the dishes because they lacked flavor. We looked forward to the pork loin only to find that it was over cooked and difficult to cut. The best dishes served were the rosemary chicken and pasta bolognese which were both excellent. We thought sure either tiramisu or cannolis would be served for dessert, but instead the dessert was Georgia peach with cream which also lacked flavor. This is an authentic Italian restaurant......Georgia peach with cream? Really? Overall, the food was disappointing for the 4 of us. Before going, I suggest checking out the menu online. Maybe you will find it appealing...maybe not. We enjoyed talking with the family sitting near us and enjoyed the music and dancing, but sitting at dinner for 4 hours was a bit long for us especially since we were disappointed in the food (we arrived at 6:45 and our check was brought at 10:45). I personally have mixed feelings about recommending Mangia to friends, but it appears that many guests have enjoyed it.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

We went to Mangia for the Italian Feast on a Friday evening. On Fridays and Saturdays they have one seating at 7 for the feast that lasts until about 10. Seating is community style and the menu is set. You pass the dishes around family...style. The food is excellent, varied, and plentiful. This is an event where you chat with strangers. That is usually not my thing, but it seems natural and easy in this setting. It’s really a ton of fun and even my 15 year old daughter enjoyed it. Parking is easy in a free lot.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 17, 2019

We had an extraordinary dinner here. The service was exceptional and the food was very delicious. EVERYTHING can be made gluten-free. The eggplant Parm was scrumptious. The pasta cooked perfectly, The desserts were top notch, the pizza was tasty (generous cheese) and innovative, and the...basil lemon iced tea was refreshing. Rachel (amazing) was our server and she must have filled my glass 8 times. We had a leisurely dinner where we felt appreciated and treated like family. It was perfection.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

Are you looking to have a great time, enjoying good Italian food that offers dancing servers? Or, how long has it been since you went a good old Italian wedding? Try Mangia Nashville! The food is good tasty Italian fare. The servers are good and...attentive. We went on a Saturday night which features a fixed menu and at first seemed a little pricey but, we didn't know that it was event rather than a meal. Early on the female servers started singing and dancing to the music playing on the sound system (believe it or not the flat screen TV was playing 'The Godfather'). Next they rousted the gals and they danced. Finally, they got the guys up and dancing too. What wonderful time!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Debbie D
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No, sorry closed tonight. Dancing Friday and Saturday nights
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