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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

Come Celebrate the Delectable Flavors of Beautiful Nashville at The Music City Eats Festival, September 21& 22 2013!

Nashville’s flourishing local food scene as well as a treasure trove of wine and spirits is primed and ready to be showcased and savored bite after bite!



What a fabulous time to live in Nashville!
It’s no secret that Nashville’s local food scene has been growing by leaps and bounds. I am thrilled to be a part of this awesome community with talented chefs who are defining Nashville’s food culture such as Tandy Wilson of The City House, Nick Pellegrino of Mangia Nashville, Pat Martin of Martin’s BBQ, Eric Anderson & Josh Habiger of The Catbird Seat ….to name just a few of many! We are also honored to have Chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, Tim Love, Aaron Sanchez, Nancy Silverman….the list just keeps going! Check it out! 

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!

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I will be busy tasting, sipping, schmoozing and photographing this marvelous event and look forward to sharing my experience with you!

Here’s how you can experience one of Nashville’s most exciting events!

Music City Ticket Options include a 2-Day Pass ($275 pp) or All-In Pass ($500 pp):

A 2-day ($275) pass gets you:

1) Access to cooking demonstrations by our talented chefs
2) Wine & Spirits Tastings
3) Intimate Panel Discussions
4) Book Signings
5) Flavor Nashville: Saturday and Sunday
6) One-Year Subscription to Food & Wine Magazine

The All-In ($500) Pass get you:

1) Access to cooking demonstrations by our talented chefs
2) Wine & Spirits Tastings
3) Intimate Panel Discussions
4) Book Signings
5) Flavor Nashville: Saturday and Sunday
6) One-Year Subscription to Food & Wine Magazine

For the All-In Pass:

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!


See ya here soon!



09 2013

An Extraordinary Evening at MANGIA NASHVILLE with Lidia Bastianich and Friends!


You probably haven’t experienced anything like this if you haven’t spent an evening at MANGIA NASHVILLE!

Nick Pellegrino and Tim Ness along with their very talented staff have created THE BIG NIGHT Nashville-Style! Every Friday and Saturday night everyone is an honorary ITALIAN at Mangia! If your family celebrates in a big way on holidays,weddings and anniversaries then you are starting to get the picture of what Mangia Nashville is all about! The never-ending family style meal of amazing classic Italian home cooking streams out of the kitchen and is passed at the tables seated with friends-those you came with and the ones you just met. By the middle of the evening, you know everyone at your table and have probably exchanged emails and become friends on Facebook—at least that how it has been for me!

Every Friday and Saturday night,Cool Cafe in Franklin,Tennessee is transformed into Mangia Nashville and creates an Italian celebration unparalleled by anything else around!

This past Sunday night was an EXTRA-special evening!

The very famous and beloved  Chef Lidia Bastianich of Lidia’s Italy  along with Chef Nick and his staff created the FIRST celebrity Chef event at Mangia Nashville. Lidia is well-known for her PBS cooking series,cookbooks and restaurants. Lidia and Nick collaborated on recipes for the evening and the menu featured several of Lidia’s authentic and amazing dishes! Lidia proudly supports Public Television and the evenings proceeds support Nashville Public TV.

What a privilege it was to celebrate this amazing event with Lidia and Nick! Lidia is such a sweet and gracious lady. How lucky we are that she shares the gifts of her Italian heritage with us through her amazing dishes!

Seating is always family-style.As I mentioned,if you don’t know everyone at the table when you are first seated,you definitely will by the end of the appetizer course! Libby,Layla and I had the privilege of being seated with Nick’s friends Thomas Annastas,Dennis Di Traglia and Tim Stewart. What a great group of guys! (Layla-my daughter-photographed our experience and we somehow  forgot to get a picture with her in it!)

Our evening was filled with laughter,wine and celebration of food in a really big way. The experience is just like I remember  at my grandmother’s table; dishes that cannot be replicated by just any restaurant. Each dish brings back unforgettable memories of childhood with my big Italian family gathered around the dinner table sharing stories and reminisicing about the “old days.” Nick and his staff prepare each dish the way you remember those home-cooked meals which brings back memories you will always cherish.

Fellow Nashville  Food Blogger Charles Hunter III of shares his talents as part of the Mangia Nashville staff!

We Begin the FEAST! The ANTIPASTI is served!
Lemon Risotto Rice Cakes with Mangia Mayo;their own special blend with a touch of basil.

Fried Green Olives stuffed with fresh-made Mozzarella Cheese

One of my all-time favorites! Who wouldn’t love this!

Organic Baby Arugula Salad with house-made Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette and Shaved Parmesan and Asparagus
~Lidia’s recipe

Shrimp and Fava Bean Salad ~Lidia’s recipe

Wines were included for this special evening. A food-friendly Pares Balta Cabernet Sauvignon and a dry, yet fruity Rose’ from Spain.

Rice and Zucchini Casserole ~Lidia’s Recipe

Orecchiette Pasta with Bacon,Ceci Beans and Broccoli Rabe ~Lidia’s recipe

Penne Paste with Porcini Cognac Cream Sauce

Time to Dance and Sing! A break before serving the next 3 entrees and  2 desserts is filled with Italian-inspired music, dancing and singing. We were serenaded by the songs of Dean Martin,Frank Sinatra and dancing to the Mambo!

Serenading Lidia!

The Mambo!

Everyone gets caught up in this evening of song and music!

Joe Pagetta -Media Relations Manager of NPT- takes a few moments to thank Lidia for her support of NPT and Mangia Nashville.

One of my favorite things about Mangia Nashville is watching the meal preparations.Everyone is busy in the kitchen. These guys work hard to serve a magnificent feast!

Now for the Main Courses!

Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken

Mangia’s Housemade Italian Sausage and Peppers~Absolutely Amazing! I cannot wait for more….

Baked Rollatini of Sole stuffed with bread crumbs,Parmesan,lemon,capers and wine

The amazing desserts: Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Zeppole ~ A Mangia Favorite ~ Fried Italian Doughnuts generously sprinkled with powdered sugar!

You will be able to find most of the recipes in Lidia’s cookbook Lidia’s Italy in America -My favorite!
And,check out her website for these and other authentic and fabulous recipes,too!

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04 2012