by Karen Huefner

MangiaNo matter what language you speak, your mouth has to start watering at the sound of the word “Mangia!” (meaning “eat” in italian). That’s exactly what happened to me leading up to my visit to Mangia Ristorante & Caffe in Orchard Park this past weekend. Twelve of us made the 15 minute drive south of Buffalo to the town of Orchard Park (Also the home to the stadium for the Buffalo Bills). Complimentary valet parking greeted us at the front entrance to the restaurant. While waiting for our table in the dining room, we stopped at the bar to sip a little vino. With twelve of us approaching the bar at once and all relatively undecided on our wine selection, the bartender set up a mini wine-tasting for us to sample their organic wines. Molto Buono!

We hung at the bar long enough to finish our first glass of Reisling and then proceeded to our seats. The combination of dim lighting, soft music and endless laughter gave the room such a cozy feel. Eager to see what Mangia had to offer, we dove into the menu and started firing our order of appetizers to the waiter. Antipasto Lisa, Calamari, Bruschetta, and the caprese salad all made their way around our table of 12. Grabbing a bite here and there, all were very tasty and not to mention plenty for each of us to all get a taste. The thought of trying to recall the 12 entrees that were served is next to impossible (thanks to that glass of Reisling) but I’ll never forget the tasty choice I made for dinner. I went with the Veal Florentine. Two hearty slices of veal sautéed with artichokes, cherry tomatoes, red onions, & spinach in a roasted garlic cream sauce over rigatoni pasta. The list of adjectives to describe this meal is endless so I’ll resort to one word: Wow.

In fact “wow” describes everything about our experience at Mangia. Their menu is one of the most impressive menus I’ve seen for an Italian restaurant. Take a look at their website. From the atmosphere to dessert, Mangia is sure to please.

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