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Mangia Mangia in Albany/Berkeley?

uberslop Apr 28, 2011 01:59 PM

This one just hit my radar, and all I can find on it online is a 13-year-old Chron review and some pretty good (if a bit mixed) Yelp takes -- any hounds been there? Not expecting miracles, but if it's an occasional near-Solano alternative to La Siciliana in Elmwood (or something similar), I'd love to know about it -- anyone?

Mangia Mangia
755 San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA 94706

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    rotiprata RE: uberslop Apr 28, 2011 02:04 PM

    The pasta were delicious when we tried it. That chocolate souffle was overhyped though (dry).

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: uberslop Apr 28, 2011 03:51 PM

      I thought it was fine the one time I went there. Better than Cugini. I never think of going there since I'd have to drive past Nizza la Bella.

      Nizza La Bella
      827 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      Cugini Restaurant
      1556 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

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        lmnopm RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 28, 2011 05:53 PM

        I've been there a couple of times and have enjoyed it. I consider it sort of "modern old-school" Italian. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it (at least to someone who isn't expecting miracles or the meal of a lifetime).

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          lmnopm RE: lmnopm Apr 28, 2011 05:58 PM


          Aha, I searched and finally found an old review I made.

      2. mariacarmen RE: uberslop Apr 29, 2011 02:55 PM

        the first time i went, many years ago, the food was fine, but they were busy and really rudely rushed us over our dinner. kept us away for a long time. went back with friends about 4 months ago, food was pretty average to below-average. i would not go back. sauces were uninspiring, muddled... it's just not that great. I'm no longer a huge fan of Nizza La Bella, but I think their take on Italian is better, even.

        Nizza La Bella
        827 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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          uberslop RE: mariacarmen Apr 29, 2011 04:49 PM

          Thanks, all, for your thoughts -- and for the heads-up re: Nizza -- how I've missed *both* of these places, as many times as I've driven that stretch of San Pablo, is beyond me. Thanks again -- will try both and report back!

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