Mangia of Barrington opened its doors on Monday morning, Feb. 4, and assistant manager Josh DiMauro said business was steady right off the bat.
The County Road restaurant is the newest of 13 Mangia locations, though it is the first in Rhode Island. Those who haven’t stopped by may recognize the name from a banner hung outside the storefront during a months-long renovation process.
“Word of mouth travels quickly around here,” said Mr. DiMauro of the restaurant’s hot start.
All Mangia pizza is served Neapolitan style on a thin, crisp whole wheat crust baked in a brick oven at high heat. The Tuscany is one of the restaurant’s most well-known pies, a sauceless pizza with shredded mozzarella, Italian seasoned tomatoes, pesto, fresh basil, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, Asiago cheese and crumbled gorgonzola.
Then there’s The White Clam, featuring chopped clams, garlic, oregano and olive oil; the Shrimp Scampi, featuring chopped garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella, shrimp and fresh basil; and the San Marco, featuring Italian sausage and ricotta cheese, just to name a couple menu selections.
The most popular pizza so far, Mr. DiMauro said, has been the Margherita, which includes mozzarella, fresh basil, garlic, Asiago cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan reggiano.
Pizza, however, is just one part of the Mangia menu. There are also wraps, wings, calzones and sandwiches along with about a dozen designer salads such as the cobb salad with lettuce, chopped eggs, bacon, guacamole, tomatoes and crumbled bleu cheese.
Mr. DiMauro said every selection includes fresh ingredients and the restaurant intends to buy local.
Sherry McGloin co-owns Mangia of Barrington with her husband, Jon. She too said the first few days of business were great.
“It’s been very successful. We’re very pleased with the turnout.”
An East Bay native, Mrs. McGloin added the couple liked the idea of opening a Mangia in Barrington because she felt that local families are looking for a way to enjoy a healthy night out. The County Road spot also has great visibility, she said.
“It’s not only delicious pizza, it’s unique to the area,” she said.
“We just wanted a great, fresh product brought to the area for health conscious families.”
In the future, Mrs. McGloin said the restaurant plans to add a breakfast menu with coffee and yogurt.
Mangia of Barrington is opened Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call 337-5600.