Saturday, November 6, 2010

RESTAURANT REVIEW - Mangia Pizza, Austin, TX

Mangia Pizza
3016 Guadalupe Suite 100, Austin, TX 78705
(512) 302-5200
11 am - 11 pm Sunday - Thursday
11 am - 12 pm Friday & Saturday

2401 Lake Austin, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-6600
11:00 am - 10 pm Sunday - Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm Friday & Saturday

8012 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731
(512) 349-2126
11:00 am - 9:30 pm Sunday - Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday

12001 Burnet Road @ Mopac, Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-5550
10:45 am - 10:00 pm Sunday - Thursday
10:45 am - 11:00 pm Friday & Saturday

1700 E. Palm Valley #300 (Highway 79, next to HEB Plus), Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 238-6300
11 am - 9:30 pm Sunday - Thursday
11 am - 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Gate 12
Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Mangia offers both whole wheat and white pizza crust. The wheat is definitely vegan, though I didn't ask about the white. There are no vegan appetizers on the menu. There are a large number of vegan toppings, but lots count as two ingredients, which makes it more expensive. A personal stuffed pizza with artichoke hearts, kalmata olives, and sundried tomatoes ends up counting as 6 ingredients. As far as sauces go, they have both pizza and marinara sauce, which the waitress told me were pretty much the same thing. I asked if the BBQ sauce was vegan, and I was told it was. It is from the County Line BBQ (I tried to verify ingredients for this sauce online, but couldn't track any down). I ordered a stuffed personal pizza with a wheat crust and no cheese, with black olives, pineapples, and artichoke hearts. The pizza was very good, but very hot, and I scorched my tongue even after a decent cool down period. The stuffed pizza meant that the artichokes and olives were in between the two layers of crust and the sauce and pineapples were on the top. Don't even bother looking at the desert menu, as Mangia has just standard omni offerings.

There are several locations of mangia in austin, and all of them seem to favor walls in large solid blocks of colors such as golden yellow, brick red, butter yellow and avocado green. There are several TVs which all show sports. If you want to talk to your dining companions, don't go to Mangia during a UT football game.

Overall, pretty good pizza with unique toppings and cool stuffed crust presentation. However, make sure you let it cool off enough before you eat it. Also, know that Mangia isn't designed with vegetarians in mind, as evidenced by the posters advertising the carnivore lovers pizza with the oh-so-witty statement, "no veggies were harmed in the making of this pizza".

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