I was introduced to this place by a dear friend of mine that used to work nearby. She explained why one should go there perfectly: “sometimes you need food that makes your day better”. I agree with her and though I might fall into the temptation of fast food, Mangiare is real slow Italian food.
I remember passing by and thinking they must be a grocery store, because they always have fresh vegetables outside – but it is just a sample of what you will find inside: a wonderful set of delicately treated vegetables is on display, ready to become a wonderful plate, to be mixed in a salad or set in a sandwich.
They have a quite simplistic menu on sight, but do listen to what the waiters have to offer. Everyday they change something and that small kitchen delivers not only salads and sandwiches, but also wonderful plates of pizza and lasagna.
I’m a sucker for good meatballs, and their meatball sandwich is magnificent. They have vegan and vegetarian options available (ask them) and, as the good Italian place they are, they also have good wine, desserts and great coffee.
A few months ago they opened a new shop nearby the Bibliotheek. Stick to the original, though, if you want your meal washed in the lovely light of their internal garden.