Mangia Mangia by Zach Ortenzio
2981 Elizabethtown Road, Hershey, PA 717-689-3798
Reservations Suggested; closed Mondays $5.00 Corkage Fee Per Table
Upon entering Mangia you will note that it is divided into two sections. The section on your right is dedicated for takeout orders, while the section on your left is dedicated to sit down meals. This section is inviting, well-lit and capable of seating over 70 people in a relaxed atmosphere. Once that has been determined, menus will be provided and the specials of the day will be revealed. The menu is extensive ranging from appetizers, salads, entrees and other delectable items.
We started off our meal with two appetizers and a salad. One of the appetizers, Fried Calamari Fritti, came from the regular menu. The second, a Mozzarella Caprese, was the special of the day. The calamari was lightly breaded and served with a lemon wedge and two sauces, marinara and aioli. The sauces, though very different, were complementary to the calamari. The Mozzarella Caprese consisted of crostini and warm mozzarella slices covered with toasted bread crumbs. The slices were then drizzled with two pesto’s; sun dried tomato and basil. These two pesto’s provided different taste sensations to the appetizer. The salad was a Poached Pear Frisse with field greens, bacon, walnuts and gorgonzola. The last three items were flavor notes in the salad, balancing beautifully with the greens and pears.
After finishing the appetizers and before ordering entrees our waiter provided us with two types of dinner rolls. The first dinner roll can be found at most restaurants. The second type of dinner roll came with Mangia Mangia’s homemade pizza sauce with some parmesan cheese sprinkled over the rolls. We ate the rolls with the pizza sauce and they were outstanding. For our entrees we ordered, Spaghetti Carbonara, Baked Rigatoni and Raviolone. Before going further all of our pastas were done al dente, not over-sauced, nor did they need any additional seasonings or cheese. The Carbonara had a bacon sauce with Pecorino Romano cheese; the Baked Rigatoni included tomato sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses; the house made Raviolone had a pesto sauce with toasted walnuts and pecorino Romano.
We spent approximately three hours at Mangia Mangia and we were not rushed. The wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable about the menu. If you wish to have a relaxed dining experience with truly good Italian food, Mangia Mangia is a restaurant well worth considering.