awesome authentic italian.
I have been eating here for the last 3 years and I have never been disappointed. When I am visiting my parents in Huntington Beach and I want Italian, I think Mangia Mangia! The service is always attentive and friendly, from the moment you are greeted at the door to the moment you walk out of it. My favorite thing about this restaurant is their authentic and original creations! Their specials are always spectacular... some of my favorites are their Sea Bass Portofino, Veal Pizzaiola, and their Involtini (thin grilled swordfish slices rolled around eggplant stuffing, topped with a delicious citrus sauce). If you like shrimp scampi, you will LOVE their Scampi Cefalu, which is named after the chefs (get it with linguni). Even staple dishes like fetuccini, gnocchi, and risotto have been made with a special homemade touch that is far and beyond any Olive Garden junk. You have to try this place out.
When you walk in, the smell of garlic makes your mouth water. One of the two Sicilian brothers greets you at the door. The place is a typical mom and pop resturant, nothing too flashy other than the plasma flat screen playing tour vidoes of Italy. The menu has the basics but the daily specials posted on the wall are the specialties. I had a rolled swordfish stuffed with an eggplant mixture with a citrus sauce, my wife hade the salmon with a creamy pesto sauce(mmmm). The oldest brother manages the kitchen,and the serving staff are always willing to give you great suggestions on the menu.