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“Excellent meal at reasonable prices with OK service”

Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co
Ranked #90 of 364 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Price range: US$10 - US$19
Cuisines: Italian
Description: Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. is yet another chapter in a family tradition in restaurants that began when Amo and Rose Scotese opened La Cantina in Paw Paw in 1936. Their grandson Emilio Dacoba and his wife Maria, currently part owners of La Cantina with other family members, opened their own restaurant, Mangia, Mangia, in 2008 in downtown Kalamazoo. The downtown restaurant features traditional Italian dining with many of the recipes passed down from Nonna Rosa, as Emilio calls his grandmother. Its name is the admonition of every Italian grandmother to family and friends at her dining table to "Eat, eat!" Emilio and Maria, however, thought the west side of Kalamazoo was prime for a casual, family restaurant. When the opportunity came in the fall of 2012 to purchase the Mi Ranchito restaurant building on 9th Street, Mangia Pizza & Pasta was born. The rustic, stucco interior of the former Mexican restaurant fell right in line with their plans to transform it into an Italian style cantina with a casual atmosphere. To go along with the casual atmosphere, MP&P has a beautiful outdoor patio off the bar. We offer casual Italian and American family-style dining in a comfortable setting, but with a taste and flair you wouldn't expect to find in your typical neighborhood restaurant. We said MP&P would be comfortable, not typical.
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Description: Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. is yet another chapter in a family tradition in restaurants that began when Amo and Rose Scotese opened La Cantina in Paw Paw in 1936. Their grandson Emilio Dacoba and his wife Maria, currently part owners of La Cantina with other family members, opened their own restaurant, Mangia, Mangia, in 2008 in downtown Kalamazoo. The downtown restaurant features traditional Italian dining with many of the recipes passed down from Nonna Rosa, as Emilio calls his grandmother. Its name is the admonition of every Italian grandmother to family and friends at her dining table to "Eat, eat!" Emilio and Maria, however, thought the west side of Kalamazoo was prime for a casual, family restaurant. When the opportunity came in the fall of 2012 to purchase the Mi Ranchito restaurant building on 9th Street, Mangia Pizza & Pasta was born. The rustic, stucco interior of the former Mexican restaurant fell right in line with their plans to transform it into an Italian style cantina with a casual atmosphere. To go along with the casual atmosphere, MP&P has a beautiful outdoor patio off the bar. We offer casual Italian and American family-style dining in a comfortable setting, but with a taste and flair you wouldn't expect to find in your typical neighborhood restaurant. We said MP&P would be comfortable, not typical.
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Had a family get together with 10 people. All found entree's they enjoyed and the total bill was reasonable. Especially like the spaghetti and meatballs.
Service was OK but not great.

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Reviewed 10 April 2017

My husband and I go to Mangia about once a month. It is close-by but better yet...the food is fresh and awesome. The atmosphere in the bar area can be very romantic. The regular dining room is more for families of parties.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

The food and service were excellent. It's hard to find carbonara these days and even harder to find good carbonara! :) They delivered an excellent plate of it. In addition, the side salad and bread were very good. The wife liked her food as well and we left with happy stomachs! Being in Mattawan, they're unfortunately just barely out of the delivery range... otherwise we'd probably order from them even more. Recommended!

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Thank TheGameCrafter
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spagbender, Owner at Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2017

Thank you for your kind words about Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. It is always a great pleasure to hear that we are serving our customers well. We look forward to serving you again soon. Gratefully,Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co Mille Grazie !Emilio & Maria DacobaPropriatari

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

All food not brought out at same time. Usually other wait staff helps when serving a large table. 10 guests including children. Children were fed first , which was OK , but it was 10 - 15 minutes before any more food was brought out. Then another 5-10 minutes for the rest.The last item was a pizza, it was missing some toppings. Others in the group were almost done eating by the time the manager came to the table. It was too late to wait 20 min. for another , so one of our party only had garlic bread to eat. this was a 50th anniversary dinner & I really felt bad for my son who didn't get any dinner. We probably will not be back. My chicken Parm was very good , but the broccoli was cold. Also 18% tip was a little high for the service we received.

Thank Marvin E
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Had Mangia delivered for our post game meal against WMU. The delivery was on time and the food was delicious! I enjoyed a custom pizza with pepperoni and black olive, which I will for sure be ordering on our next trip back to Kalamazoo.

Thank michaelhugerbg
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