Some restaurants become friends. I don’t mean the servers or the owners or even the bartenders. I’m talking about the restaurant itself. Mangia Qui in Harrisburg is that kind of restaurant to me. My husband and I have been there for lunch or dinner a number of times since it opened and we have never been disappointed.
With life responsibilities as they are, we haven’t been there in a while but we were fortunate to be downtown at lunchtime the other day and grabbed the opportunity. Although the day was cool, people were seated at the little tables on the sidewalk. We went indoors instead. Same place—warm colors, small tables, paintings (for sale) on the walls.
The server presented our menus: printed paper clipped to hammered-copper sheets. Again the warmly familiar. Drinks: blueberry-mango limeade for me and peach tea for my husband. Some of the menu items we recognized, some were new to us. I like that—suits both the adventurous and the comfortable-with-what-I-know crowd.
As is often the case for me, I had a lot of trouble deciding but in the end went with something I haven’t had before, the grilled tuna steak served over sauteed julienned zucchini, carrots, and cabbage with a ginger vinaigrette (as in no carbs, maybe I’ll have dessert?). My husband chose the chicken Diablo (grilled chicken tossed in a sweet hot chili sauce, wheatberry salad with cucumber, oregano, pecans, field greens), something he’s had many times.
And yes, we had dessert. This time I was the one to go to the familiar, a lemon-almond cake I just love that goes very nicely with a cup of their very good coffee. Husband had something new (at least to him)—the coconut flan. I considered ordering the flan, but I rarely order the same thing as my companions when I go out. I am not a “eat off your plate” type but I like to see a variety of items from the kitchen. I think it allows a better perspective of the entire restaurant.
Great news just came to my in-box: right now DoubleTakeDeals.com has a $40 for $20 gift card offer for Mangia Qui. I will be taking advantage of that deal so we can see this “old friend” again before long!Remember: if you like this post, please "like" this post!