If I had never been to Italy, I would have never known how hard Mangia e Scappa works to bring us an authentic Italian experience. No, it’s not Panago, and no, it’s not Olive Garden. And thank god for that. Because what it is instead is a real trattoria—simple, local, casual, authentic. The pizzas are not covered with with cheap mozzarella and dozens of toppings, but are wood fire grilled and thin crusted with a tinge of charcoal on the edges and a selection of toppings you would only find in Rome—artichokes, prosciutto, pesto. The bread and pasta are made in-house, and the atmosphere is family style and casual. Is it a five star restaurant? No. Does it have a famous chef? No. Because, as it is in Italy, none of that matters. What they are trying to do here is to share a tiny piece of Italy, a friendly, modest neighbourhood gathering spot offering recipes and favourites passed down for generations. My advice to you? Sit back, order a bottle of wine, people watch, eat slow, bring your family. Don’t overthink it. Don’t rush. Mangia e Scappa is your chance to experience a small town Italian restaurant without the cost of a flight.
my husband and I have eaten here so many times I’ve lost track! eaten every pizza on the menu!! My husband says their Bolognese sauce is up there with the best he’s ever had! the owner and staff are so friendly and helpful. You can get a really great Latte with you food and finish off your meal with a in house made dessert! my favorite is their Tiramisu. they also have a shop where you can get imported cheeses, sauces, olive oils etc and on the weekend they have someone in the shop making fresh pasta for you to watch, buy and enjoy!
It sounds like anybody who is disappointed with this place is expecting an American style overly stuffed pizza, well this place is the real deal when it comes to true Italian cuisine. They use an incredible Italian flour that doesn’t make your stomach ache like a regular gluten-full crusts would. Quality and unique ingredients tastefully chosen. Loved every bite!
Was there for Dine-Out Vancouver. Meal were fantastic and worth more than the $40/per price! Took along foodie relatives who claimed it the best tenderloin they’d ever eaten. All the sauces were incredible. The swordfish was juicy and and very unique tasty combination of flavours. And the desserts…! I can’t recall what any of our items were called (all italian names), but just big hits of flavour! The coffee was right on too. Our waitress was very helpful and chatty. All the courses were new to us, as I’ve not done much Italian outside of pastas and pizzas, and it was solid experience. Atmosphere was relaxed and easy for conversation.
Went for dinner with 3 other ladies and we were all very impressed with our meals & the ambiance of this restaurant. This is truly an excellent “real” Italian food restaurant. We were a little skeptical as a couple of us read the reviews beforehand and some were not good at all. I had the special, a salmon linguini, it was delicious! One had the hot sausage & Gonnochi which she loved ( I had a taste & it was yummy). The other two girls had the oven baked thin crusted pizzas & they said they were excellent too. Portion size-pizzas a whole Med size pizza (both took leftovers home) the two pasta meals were generous portions, we were stuffed after. The waitress was great and gave us lots of time (as we were yakking so much) to order etc. Definitely recommend & will return.
I absolutely love eating at this restaurant! Being gluten intolerant, it is hard to find restaurants where you can eat most things on the menu. The special 00 flour blend they import and use to make everything fresh, allows me to be able to eat any pasta, pizza AND dessert! Soooo exciting!
Had the gnocchi- to die for! My husband had a delicious (and huge!) calzone. Love that there is also take out frozen options- we got some cannelloni to cook at home and they were also fabulous.
Will be back any time we are in the Fort Langley area!