(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 traditionalItalian 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 Saturdaynight’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.
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!!!!!
Nashville is quickly developing its own unique Southern cuisine identity that has enticed many to celebrate our talented local chefs & their culinary creations at this glorious food & wine event at the Music City Eats Food,Wine & Spirits Festival 2013!
This two-day festival hosted a bounty of our local culinary treasures and the chefs who created them. I managed to sample just about every morsel that I could! Here is a highlight of some of my most unforgettable bites!
As you can see, this was a spirited discussion of past food trends (for example local artisan butchers) making their way back and why sprinkled with questions of how they are they manage their busy lives balanced with family life. All three agree that having great support from their spouses and families are really the key to success!
Nick Pellegrino is the creator and “Italian Rock Star Chef “of pop-up restaurant Mangia Nashville. Every Friday and Saturday night the Cool Cafe (The Best Meat & Three in TN!) is transformed by Nick and his talented staff into an Italian dining experience filled with singing, dancing the Mambo and many courses of authentic family style dishes which a unique and not soon forgotten. Remember the movie, The Big Night? Check out my previous post to see how fun and delicious it is! Check Facebook to see how to make reservations or email at: email@example.com and be sure to wear your mambo shoes!
Aron Sanchez, another one of my favorite celebrity chefs, “Turned Up The Heat with BBQ Mexican Style” at the Dogwood Demo Tent on Saturday. Check out the website for the complete schedules of demos by celebrity chefs held Saturday and Sunday at Music City Eats Food, Wine & Spirits Festival 2013! Be sure to sign up for notifications to receive information for 2014’s event!
I happily navigated my way through the crowds of hungry festival-goers like a treasure hunter with a map. I couldn’t wait to sample some of the best creations our chefs have to offer and….all it one spot!
This post is by no means the complete menu of this two-day event but highlights some of my favorite and most unforgettable bites!
Nashville is known for Hot Chicken and Chef John Lasater of Hattie B’s Restaurant knows hows how to do it right! This was perfect combination of crispy fried chicken tenders heat,spices,tangy and a hit of sweetness ALL in one bite!
Nick Pellegrino of Mangia Nashville and my friend, fellow Nashville Food Blogger, Charles Hunter III of The Local Forkful blog and sous chef at Mangia Nashville are serving up one of their many favorite appetizers: Lemon Risotto Cakes with Mangia Nashville’s Basil aioli. This is just ONE of many delicious courses you will enjoy when you attend one of Nashville’s best restaurant experiences!
Here is Mangia Nashville’s Fall Menu. Make reservations at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talented local Chef Sarah Gavigan brings the ultimate Japanese comfort food OTAKU to the South. This delicious bite-sized savory stuffed pancake topped with a pickled green tomato -the ultimate Southern Soul Food with Japanese roots. Check the website where you can enjoy this new Southern sensation in Nashville!
Chef Eric and Chef Josh at the Catbird seat are true culinary geniuses. If you have not experienced The Catbird Seat, you are missing out! I can’t imagine anything more creative egg custard infused with maple syrup and crispy bacon and served in a real eggshell.
Nashville’s own very talented chef, Arnold Myint, featured his original version on a traditional Bahn Mi with duck liver. They were fantastic!
The chic and not-to-be missed evening event Harvest Night was held on Saturday evening after the daytime events. White tents and comfortable sofas with red tables was a perfect setting for the evenings tastings by the well-known celebrity chefs. There were many, I will share with you some of my absolute favorites!
Chef Michael Symon’s so succulent lamb ribs seasoned to perfection with lemon,oregano,olive oil and mint ROCKED MY EVENING! You should be JEALOUS if you didn’t taste these ribs. The lines were long at this tent but no one cared. No one was gonna miss out !
I wish you could smell the smoke from the rack of lamb on the grill! Intoxicating!
My friend and fellow food blogger were the first to taste celebrity Chef Nancy Silverton’s Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms stuffed with warm and creamy ricotta. Ohhh they were delicious!!!!!!!! What a real treat since we don’t get a chance to eat them much in Nashville!
One of our newest and creative restaurants in the gorgeous Germantown area of Nashville Rolf and Daughters with Chef Philip Krajeck presented tasting with big flavor. A combination of honey-glazed eggplant with pickled eggplant was so delectable, I wanted more!
Chef Tandy Wilson of The City House continues to serve up some of the best food in Nashville and the house-made Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Sauce was so fantastic, we went to eat at the restaurant on Sunday night so I could eat it again!
Nashville is burgeoning with upscale Southern restaurants each unique with their talented chefs and Chef Matt Farley shows us what wonderful cuisine to expect when you visit The Southern Restaurant. Crispy Corn Cakes with Jalapeño Bacon,Pimento Cheese,Quail Egg finished with Collard Green Pesto!
Chef Tim Love is my very favorite Texas Chef. I have met him several times throughout the years of living in Austin and attending numerous Austin Food and Wine Festivals. Chef Tim makes the kind of food I love-perfectly grilled and seasoned Lamb Chops with Aioli–OOOOOH YEAHHHH! Good to be a meat eater!
I was autographed by Chef Tim Love at both the Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013 and Music City Eats Food,Wine & Spirits Festival 2013! Gotta love my Texas Chef!
Chef Jonathan Waxman~one of the geniuses behind this event, featured one of the most comforting Southern food fusions I have ever had, Gnocchi sautéed in butter with fresh from the garden vegetables including corn off the cob and okra. It reminded me of my childhood in Louisiana with my Southern Italian and La Delta influences.
Although I sampled every bit of food at the Harvest Event and Flavors of Nashville , I simply could not post about everything! This was a sampling of some of the best food ever and I know next year, will shine even brighter and I will be there!
I saved the desserts for the last but not necessarily eaten in that order! Don’t judge!
Jenni’s Splendid Ice Cream scooped up a sensational and unique ice cream creation that I am still dreaming about! A Derby Pie-inspired ice cream creation consisting of salted caramel ice cream, chocolate and Artisan Tennessee Small Batch Triple Smoked Corsair whiskey-infused Chocolate sauce and if you thought it couldn’t get in better than that, it was topped off with candied pecans and freshly whipped cream.
I had to have one more bite of dessert and this one was Trisha Yearwood’s mom’s German Chocolate Cupcakes!
Nashville gives me something to “wine” about!
There has never been a better time for wine in Nashville than there is today! I am extremely pleased in the availability of so many unique wines from around the world and fully support all family owned local distributors who consistently surprise me with palate-pleasing wines year after year! Come sip and sample!
Come and immerse yourself into Nashville’s Food Scene!
Over 25 local restaurants & 40 Artisan Purveyors as well as International Wineries & Spirits will be front and center at this superb event. If you live here then you know what a treat this will be or if you have been meaning to come to Nashville for a visit-NOW is the time!
It’s called Music City for a reason!
Nashville IS Music! Our rich music culture is what brings people here and is a winning combination with our unique local food scene. Come and check out whose playing at the festival!
7) Saturday’s Harvest Night: Saturday’s not-to-be-missed Harvest Night brings together top chefs with ingredients from local growers for a veritable farm-to-palate extravaganza. Using fresh, local produce, individual chefs will tantalize guests with the distinctive dishes that set them apart.
8) Petty Fest Nashville is the night cap to Harvest Night! Enjoy some Jameson while you take in an all-star review of the legendary music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! Celebrating all things Petty, the night will be hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band.
Along with Kings of Leon, Music City Eats is proud to welcome Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Norah Jones, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jakob Dylan, Buddy Miller, Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Butch Walker, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, The Whigs, Cyle Barnes & Samuel Williams of The Weeks, Ruby Amanfu and many more! Proudly sponsored by Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Petty Fest Nashville will take place at The War Memorial Auditorium immediately following Harvest Night.
***If the Travel Package’s are sold out, not to worry, Nashville has many hotels around town and in close proximity to the fun!