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Review of Mangia Italiano The Usual Place - CLOSED

Mangia Italiano The Usual Place
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 8, 2013

What a great place tucked away in a little strip mall. Very friendly staff with a real family run feel. We had the octopus carpaccio appetizer and it was one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Super thin slices of octopus with a fresh taste of the ocean. For our entrees we both ordered off the specials board. My boyfriend got the wild boar over homemade pasta and I got the homemade gnocchi with shrimp and scallops. Both dishes were fantastic. We had the tiramisu for dessert and it was also very good. My only critique would be that the bread served before the meal was nothing special. Seemed liked sliced store bought bread and not very fresh. The olive oil was veru fruity and really good so it was a shame that the bread wasn't good. Some warm focaccia would have really made it perfect. Everything else was outstanding though!

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Thank tampaTraveler33
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

The Usual Place is anything but! You can't help but have low expectations arriving at the nondescript strip center where The Usual Place is located. But the minute you walk in the door everything changes. The restaurant is understated but elegant, the wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive and the food is absolutely sublime. Outside of Rome, it's the best traditional Italian food we've ever had. The pasta is absolutely perfect -- particularly the gnocchi -- and the fish dishes are massive, fresh and imaginatively prepared. The desserts are quite good -- especially the tiramisu. We cannot wait to return!

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Thank Larry A
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Wow!wow!wow!
What a wonderful restaurant!The owners,the staff,the food!The best home made linguini with meat sauce i have ever had......the pizza......thin crust,not too much sauce,fresh mozzarella,thin cut prosciutto...better than the one i had in Naples.....i think i found my restaurant,finally.....Sara,Alex,Giuseppe ,Marco.....what a great group of people.....we'll see you all very soon.....

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Thank Pinom1
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This will be our usual place to go and eat dinner! My boyfriend and I had an awesome experience! Our waiter Marco was very wonderful/helpful with the authentic Italian dishes and the specials were amazing! Our gnocchi was phenomenal all freshly made there. Chris was great too between the two of them they made our experience one of a kind in sarasota truly! Oh and the tiramisu is an explosion in your mouth! You need to go seriously! Thank you for the great experience we will be going back soon!

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Thank Marissa B
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Had lunch here with a friend and we both enjoyed the food very much. Chris, our server, was polite, patient and friendly. Excellent server. The food went beyond both of our expectations. The Pizza was delicious and the Lasagna and Chicken were both very tasty and well prepared. Restaurant was very clean and comfortable. It's a very nice setting. Very recommended. I would like to dine here again. The experience was top notch.

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Thank thinkpad77
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