Mangia Italiano Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary


       Whole wheat radiatori with bleu cheese, spinach and walnuts. | Mabel Suen
  •        Whole wheat radiatori with bleu cheese, spinach and walnuts. | Mabel Suen

This weekend, South Grand staple Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-8585) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a day's worth of festivities. A full schedule of live music performances runs all day into the late evening, in proper night owl Mangia tradition.

See also: The Ten Best 3 a.m. Bars in St. Louis

"Mangia Italiano started out as a little coffee shop delicatessen and eventually evolved into a full-service restaurant and expanded," says co-owner Collier Evans, who took the reins at the restaurant in February 2011. Most recently, the restaurant has shifted away from lunch service, focusing on its dinner and late-night menus.

From 1 to 11 p.m., head to the parking lot beside the restaurant for a special block party featuring grilled food, live art, vendors from south city, face painting and even a noodle-eating competition. Show up and see if you can devour a big bowl of Mangia's handmade noodles quicker than the next guy -- a gift certificate to the restaurant for more carbo-loading awaits for the winner.

All the music performances of the day feature past and current Mangia employees as well as customers. The schedule of live entertainment follows:

1 p.m.: Blakk Caesar 2 p.m.: Ashley Batiste 3 p.m. Johnny Xacto 4 p.m.: Jon Bonham & Friends 5 p.m.: Don E. 6 p.m.: Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome 7 p.m.: Flex Boogie 8 p.m.: The Company She Keeps 9 p.m.: Flex Boogie 10 p.m.: The Pat Sajak Assassins 11 p.m.: Sometimes Voices 12 a.m.: Ground Flow Fusion

Outdoor dining options include the likes of ribs, Italian sausage, grilled Portobello sandwiches and melon salads, with plenty of specials on beer all day long. Alternatively, dine inside and have one of the restaurant's specialty dishes like lobster mac'n'cheese or duck ravioli. Mangia! Mangia!

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. Email us!

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.