Mangiamo is a restaurant located at 444 North 4th Street in Philadelphia. At the helm of the nine month old eatery is renowned Chef Joey Vargas. Chef Joey was trained in some of the finest Italian kitchens in Philadelphia including Saloon and Primavera Kitchen. In 1992 he started a very successful ten year stint at Pasta Cucina located in the Bellevue Hotel. Chef Joey moved to Florida, working as an Executive Chef with Steve Martorano, in the Hard Rock in Hollywood Florida. Heís cooked for notable stars including Lebron James. Chef Joey then returned to Philadelphia, becoming Executive Chef of British Airways First Class Lounge. His newest venture is Mangiamo. One of the reasons Joey opened Mangiamo is that it gives him the opportunity to work with his daughters Tatiana and Josephine. The cuisine at Mangiamoís features authentic old school Italian cooking not often seen anymore. All dishes are cooked to order in the open kitchen. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used, including San Marzano tomatoes and top of the line flour. The Veal Stock is made from scratch in a time consuming process. The Mozzarella Cheese is house made and featured on the thin crust pizzas like the Meat Lover made with fresh sausage pepperoni, prosciutto, and basil tomato gravy.House made soups include Minestrone and Chicken Alla Nonna featuring Joeyís Grandma’s homemade chicken soup recipe. Other starters include a House Salad or Shrimp Scampi with fresh sautÈed shrimp on a bed of spring mix with lemon butter scampi sauce and Fried Calamari served with marinara gravy.A favorite entree is the Chicken Parmesan. The cutlets are triple breaded in house made breadcrumbs with fresh mozzarella and homemade gnocchi. Other favorites include the Veal Piccata: fresh veal seared lightly and topped with a capers lemon piccata sauce served with risotto. Also, the Shrimp Broccoli Alfredo made with fresh shrimp, diced tomatoes, and broccoli florets in a light alfredo sauce. Finally, the Rigatoni Vodka with pancetta, shallots, and a light vodka rose sauce. Chef Joeyís attention to detail is apparent, he personally inspects every dish leaving the kitchen to make sure it is perfectly prepared. Each of the 75 meatballs produced in the kitchen daily are precisely two ounces because at that size they cook properly to produce the best flavor. If you are in Philadelphia and want to experience old school Italian cooking like youíve never tasted before, stop in at Mangiamo. Chef Joey, Josephine, Tatiana and their warm and welcoming staff will ensure you have a wonderful dining experience!
444 N 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123