Mangia Mangia - Albany
Comfort food, not far from home. It is one of those places that is on the "I should stop in sometime" list, which of course, has a few hundred names on it. But tonight was one of those "the fog is blowing in after it got a bit too warm in the house" days, so it was a good evening for a walk.
Starters - shared the mussels in a sauce with tomatoes, which was very tasty. The salad with pear/nuts/gorgonzola was ok, but not on the "I'll order it again" list.
The 2 mains - Pork tenderloin and sausage over mashed potatoes in a port sauce w/grapes. It was tasty, although the pork was a tad overdone. Haute cuisine? Nope. A comfortable and satisfying meal that I could take a walk to, and better yet, walk home from after the vino, si. The other main (I tasted) was a lamb dish, sliced in small pieces (but plenty of lamb) over potatoes w/veggies. It was quite tasty. These were both on the daily specials board.
Too full for dessert, but this warm chocolate something that seemed to be popular smelled great as they came out of the kitchen and down the aisle.
For just a few dollars more than Macaroni Grill (no I've never been, but just out of curiosity I just checked out their menu) you can have a home-cooked-style tasty dinner, very close to the aforementioned place, made with love, and not dropped off in frozen pre-packaged portions out of the back of a SYSCO truck.