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Mandola's Italian Market (Austin)


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Mandola's Italian Market (Austin)

woodrow | Mar 25, 2006 02:32 PM

The other day I checked out Damian Mandola's venture in the north Guadalupe/Lamar triangle development. Still a new operation, there were lots of white-jacketed staff around, inefficiently taking orders and preparing food. The place was busy, but even considering that we waited a long time to place our order and get our food. Three of us ordered four items. The Minestra Maritata (a chicken broth based soup with meatballs, prosciutto, pancetta and greens) was pretty good. Had it been served warm, it would have been even better. Mamma's Pot Roast sandwich was a bit dry. The pizza margherita had a nice enough crust, but was too salty. The gnocchi was doused with an unimpressive tomato sauce. Somebody at another table ordered the Antipasto Misto, which looked pretty good.

Even though this place is a little too high concept for me I'll probably go back some day, particularly if someone reports on a more successful outing there after the bugs have been worked out.

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