Italiano Elevato

    Mangiamo's dining room. Photo by Amanda Kamppinen.

    One of Grand Rapids’ most iconic restaurants has returned to one of its previous names.

    The Gilmore Collection reopened Mangiamo as the restaurant at 1033 Lake Dr. SE, replacing Paddock Place, the group’s establishment in the historic mansion since 2018. The original Mangiamo opened in the East Hills neighborhood house in 2005.

    Dark and sexy in its new decor, Mangiamo offers up a selection of meals perfect for a date night or special occasion.

    The starters on their own could provide a group a delightful table full of dishes to share and fill bellies for the evening. Perhaps the most devilishly good item is the truffled reds, which sound are simply “crispy truffled redskin potatoes, parmesan cheese and truffle aioli.” Mangiamo’s classic “Baseball” meatball also makes a return.

    A hearty steak menu is available, with multiple cuts of Snake River Farms Wagyu beef. Other entrees like the Kurobuta pork shank and wild caught scallops were delectable.

    The five pasta choices run the gamut, from a thick lasagna Bolognese to shrimp alla vodka to the Pebble Creek mushroom ravioli.

    “We’re trying to strike a balance between the requests we’ve had for the return of Mangiamo’s classic Italian menu and what we feel is a burgeoning demand for more elevated dining experiences in the city,” Gilmore Collection Executive Chef Wes Davis said.

    The home was built in 1873 for Augustus Paddock, a lumber baron and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The renovations for the Mangiamo has kept the bones of the building intact and helps show off the beauty of the old mansion.

    Along with the new restaurant is an additional bar concept: Mo’s Cocktail Lounge. In the former wine cellar of Paddock Place, the new cocktail bar includes a separate entrance and allows up to 35 patrons to enjoy a secretive drink.

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