Mangia Melrose! The New Location for Mangia Nashville Focacceria & Bar Features Unique Italian Lunches And Cool Open Bar

Melrose’s Mangia Nashville is Nashville’s first authentic artisan handcrafted focacceria which includes the unique signature carbon focaccia and succulent traditional Porchetta for lunch!

Mangia Nashville Focacceria & Bar 701 Craighead St Nashville, TN 37204


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(Photo) Signature Focaccia: House-Made Porchetta, fresh creamy mozzarella, sunny-side up egg and arugula with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt

Mmmmmmmmmm……One scrumptious bite after another was filled with warm, crispy-on-the-outside and soft on the inside house-made focaccia and slathered with warm olive oil and garlic, succulent pieces of perfectly seasoned porchetta crowned with a creamy egg and spicy arugula. The focaccia’s light yet chewy and crispy texture (not dense and thick) makes it the perfect base for all of the ingredients to sit upon.

These are my people!  I am Italian and the Italian experience is very important to me. It reminds me of wonderful family memories and the food that was part of our daily lives. You can’t fool a real Italian because we obsess over it. Our food is what we live and breathe. Mangia Nashville is that spot, like the well-known bar where everyone knows your name. I have found the very heart and soul of what it means to be Italian at Mangia. Nick’s passion for his heritage and his mission to share this experience with us is the essence of being Italian.

About:  Mangia Nashville is Nashville’s first authentic artisan handcrafted focacceria including the unique signature carbon focaccia, Nick’s famous Porchetta is on the daily lunch menu as well as unique cocktails featuring limoncello. Mangia Nashville  provides the Italian soul food that  satisfies your hunger and spirit while conjuring up childhood memories of growing up Italian. Since Mangia’s beginning, Nick has been serving up the wildly popular traditional Italian Porchetta that is a succulent pork roast seasoned with garlic, rosemary and other herbs and is surrounded by crispy pork belly that has helped maintain the moisture during the cooking process.  Another unique food item Nick has introduced to Nashville is the popular Italian Carbon or Jet-Black (Bread) Focaccia, a vegetable-based powder is added to the dough for the gorgeous and intense color. Some information on the bread hints at health benefits, but I love it for the color palette that it brings to the menu!

Every Friday and Saturday night’s Big Italian Dinners have remained a hit with a very ample six course dinner complete with a night of singing Italian songs, dancing to the Mamba and lots of laughter and fun. Your dinner will end with warm Zeppole’s and wonderful memories.


Even if your not Italian by heritage, you can’t help but be in the Italian state of mind with the savory aromas of baking focaccia and the feel of being in someone’s Italian grandmother’s kitchen.

Feast Your Eyes on the Signature Focaccias, salads, Panino’s and cocktails you will enjoy!

Warm, hearth-baked Carbon Focaccia topped with melted fresh mozzarella, Red Onion Balsamic Jam, Egg and roasted Italian Peppers



Nick and his staff are “in their element” in the Mangia kitchen


The restaurant features a warm and inviting atomsphere with a state of the art bar surrounded by lots of seating. It’s a great place just to hang out, enjoy a cocktail with friends and family.Lights

Another Signature Focaccia is the Margherita with pomodoro sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil


The house made Tuscan potato chips are fried crispy and then tossed with rosemary salt which is a perfect accompaniment with the carbon focaccia stuffed with porchetta, broccoli rabe and balsamic red onions.



Wonderfully fresh and tasty salads are on the menu to accompany your meal or enjoy as an entree.


Zeppole the soft, freshly made sweet ricotta doughnuts, covered in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar will make you swoon. And, you can get these daily!


Limoncello, an Italian liqueur made from fresh lemons, happens to be one of my favorite beverages and Mangia features the Mangia-tini which is a limoncello based cocktail. You will love it!!!!!





04 2016

An Exclusive Ticket Giveaway to The Triple Sip Event Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville on Friday, April 1, 2016

Wine With Lisa has paired up with @rmhcnashville #triplesip to offer you an exclusive giveaway!

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About this event: 

Jazz, Wine, Beer, Spirits and Food

Join me on April 1st, 2016 to sip wine, beer, spirits and savor local Nashville culinary delights! Feel good about joining in on a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, Tennessee.

In conjunction with Ed Fryer’s opening of the new Village Spirits and Wine in Hillsboro Village, we are so pleased to include wine, beer and spirits. The evening will feature music by jazz musician Denny Jiosa and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of local restaurants. Denny Jiosa is an extremely talented musician, friend and fellow winelover. I am always up for listening to Denny play his tunes.

Check out Denny’s website!

This event has always been my favorite and it also includes a silent auction featuring trips, collectibles, event tickets, dinners, and more.

Some of the local participating restaurants include The Loving Pie Company, Lucky Belly, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Pork Belly Cafe, Music City Bar and Grill, Sam’s Grill/Sam’s Place, Mimi’s Girl Artisan Bakery, Tempered Cafe & Chocolate plus many more are added to the list daily.



Who this benefits:

The Triple Sip supports programs provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, which include the 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located on the fifth floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. These two programs “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville-area hospitals.

Here’s How to win a pair of coveted tickets:

  1. Tweet   “Exclusive Ticket Giveaway” to @winewithlisa  @rmhcnashville #triplesip 
  2. Go to and in the comment section post your email and twitter handle.
  3. This contest begins today Monday, March 14th and will end Thursday March 24th at 5pm CST.
  4. The winner will be randomly chosen and notified by March 25, 2016. Good luck!
  5. Please note: You MUST be 21 years old to enter!

Or, To purchase a ticket for this not-to-miss event:

Tickets are $60 in advance via or are $70 at the door.

NOTE: We release TWITTER by each entrant or participant. We acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering, you are confirming that you are indeed 21+ years of age, release from any and all responsibility, and you are adhering to Twitter’s terms of use.




03 2016

2014 Septima Obra Malbec from Argentina is Art in a Glass

Septima Obra Malbec is named a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy, Wine Spectator Best Value and Top Value 

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Luscious Malbec from Argentina

Septima Obra Malbec 2014

100% Malbec from the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina

As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself wanting to drink wines that pair well with what I consider to be a perfect evening for outdoor cooking, or at the least, sitting outside to enjoy the moderate weather before full-blown summer makes it way to my part of the world.  Mediterranean-seasoned mixed grill of lamb chops, steak with zucchini and squash or a well made juicy burger piled high with cool, crispy vegetables will soon be on my spring time  dinner plate!

Mendoza’s Septima Obra Malbec is a luscious red wine that is moderately concentrated with detectable minerality supported by expressive fresh black fruits and hints of purple flowers. This is just what I need to confirm that spring is near and I am ready to come out of hibernation to yet another beautiful springtime.

My love for an uncomplicated wine-food pairing  always brings me to Argentina’s signature red grape varietal, Malbec.

Septima Obra defines the character of this discerning grape varietal from the premier Agrelos, Luján de Cuyo of Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes.  

Wine is art and terroir is the palette……when wine is crafted for sensory appeal and from creative inspiration.

The Cordorniu Raventos’ family winemaker, Paula Borgo, has combined the art, science, sustainability of winemaking into a work of art in a glass. She takes the Malbec grape and personalizes it to the family vineyard’s vision to express this wine-making region that she lives and breathes.

The sand loamy soil on steep slopes as well as day and night temperature diurnal differences is the magic that creates a wine with characteristics cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Lush blackberries, mixed berry jam with a touch of floral vanilla, violets and dark cocoa with just the right amount of tannin texture in the mouth that makes you want more.

Grab the cheese plate, fire up the grill, fire pit and just simply enjoy.

Suggested retail price: $24.99



03 2016