Wood-fired pies that are all the rage on the West Coast thanks to a new generation of pizza aficionados like myself 😛 Relatively new to the pizza scene is Caffe Mangia specializing in hand pulled thin crust pizza using locally sourced ingredients. Situated in a heritage home, the atmosphere here is very charming and cozy with rustic-classy wooden accents. I was invited to attend a media tasting on their take of artisan-style pizza. Their menu boasts a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, salads, soups and daily featured pasta dishes. Full menu is available here.
Breakfast items are also available for early risers and they get their coffee sourced from 49th Parallel.
Mini Calzones ($7) tomato chorizo cheese, pesto zucchini parmesan, mushroom goat cheese white bean. These were difficult to share so I picked the pesto zucchini parmesan to sample. They make their own dough in house- I thought these were pretty good but the dough to filling ratio was a bit off. I wish they had more filling inside for the pesto zucchini parmesan. It would have helped if they were able to distinguish the different calzones on the plating because I was looking forward to the mushroom goat cheese white bean!
Pollo P.A.T. ($8) roasted chicken breast, prosciutto crisp, arugula aioli, roma tomato on a focaccia bread. The combination of this sandwich was great! Love how they use focaccia bread for all of their sandwiches to keep it Italian-style focused. Every ingredient incorporated is locally sourced except prosciutto (from Italy).
House made chili oil, mix of olive oil, chili peppers, and the rest is a secret 🙂
Capo’s Margherita ($9) House made tomato sauce, roasted roma tomato, fior di latte, fresh basil. The owner himself recommended the margherita as it’s his favourite here. Nothing beats a fresh out of the oven margherita! The pie dough had a thin, crisp, slightly charred crust and puffed up nicely around the edges. All the ingredients held together nicely without any wetness.
Eddy’s Meat Monster ($13)house made tomato sauce, chorizo, italian sausage, prosciutto, bocconcini,garlic chilli oil. This is another house favourite. Everything here again is locally sourced including the deli meats from a local butcher except the prosciutto. Loved the savoury chunks of italian sausage as it gave the pie a nice kick of spice.
Tutto Gusto ($15) roasted garlic, prosciutto, port infused figs, cambozola cheese, roasted walnuts garnished with fresh raddichio. Mix of savoury, sweet, and salty enhancing all your taste buds in one bite! The ripe figs paired really well with salty and savoury components, but I thought this was more on the sweeter side as the figs were a bit overpowering. This one was definitely the most memorable but not my favourite as I prefer meat focused pies more. But if you’re a sweet tooth, try this unique flavour!
Romano’s Formaggio ($10) confit garlic puree, goat cheese, bocconcini, parmesan, arugula, reduced balsamic. I find it hilarious how all of the pizza names are named after the owner’s friends. This one was my favourite of the bunch! We were immediately hit by the aromatic scent of spices and garlic from the confit garlic puree. The cheese provided a nice balance from the sweetness of the balsamic vinaigrette which was a great flavour enhancer.
Caffe Mangia caters mostly to the lunch crowd in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, but do swing by to grab a bite for their evening service. They take reservations!
Disclosure: All food and beverages were complimentary, but all opinions are my own.
2211 Manitoba St