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Feb 29, 2012 11:31 AM

Veal Parmigiana in Huntington Beach [split from SF]

(Note: this thread was split from a thread on the SF Bay board at: - The Chowhound Team)

Not to hijack the post, but given the OP's inability to find good Italian food in OC, I thought I might recommend Mangia Mangia in Huntington Beach. Mangia Mangia is an unassuming restaurant in a suburban strip mall, run by two brothers who moved from Italy in 1987 (Pietro and Giussepe). While it may not look like much, the place has been my family's spot for classic Italian dishes for the last 25 years. This is not a generic "red sauce" restaurant like Bucca Di Beppo, but rather one where each dish is individually crafted with delicious results. My Grandpa was a first generation Italian-American who grew up in New York, and this was his favorite all-time restaurant because the brothers would make his beloved shrimp fra diavolo especially for him even when it wasn't on the daily menu. I've never had the veal parm, but given the quality of some of the other dishes (the manicotti is awesome), I can't imagine it's bad. Also, be sure not to miss the tirimisu if they haven't run out, it's the best I've ever had.

Here is the link for Mangia Mangia. It may save you a trip up to San Francisco!

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  1. Wow I think I ate there in the late '80s, before I moved to SF. Happy to hear it's still around!

    1. I've tried Mangia Mangia. Don't like it.

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      1. re: Hoc

        "I've tried Mangia Mangia. Don't' like it".

        You don't like it...okay, but why?
        I was liking what the OP had to say about this place and looking forward to trying it out when I'm in Huntington.

        1. re: latindancer

          There was just nothing special about the food. To paraphrase Bill Bryson, it has everything you would want in a Veal Parmigiana, so long as what you want is neither quality nor taste.

          1. re: Hoc

            I have to say that the veal parmigiano is pretty good at Pastina.

            But the best I've tried in a long while is the version doled out at Pina's Bistro in a tiny mini-mall in Tustin. Not cheap, and pretty casual, but oh, so good, and the flavor is there, and they make possibly the best tiramisu, rum cakes, and possibly pretty good cannolis in town too.

          2. re: latindancer

            While photos can be deceiving this one would definitely make me give it (and this dish) a try if I lived closer (or if we are ever down that way I'll go without a doubt):

            1. re: Servorg

              Yes, the tiramisu here is really great, I often get slices to munch on as I go somewhere else.