With this post I’ll begin reports on my experience in Rome and Siena, 26.iii. - 04.iv. 2010. The nutshell on Al Mangia first: If you want to sit in the Campo and enjoy the view and street life, this is the place. Otherwise, you can dine better in Siena. Not that the food is bad; just that I ate even better elsewhere.
Date, Sunday, 28.iii.10. My order (and pardon my spelling):
1. Sfogliata di spinaci e fontina alle cream formaggio.
2. Pici senesi “alla Mangia”
3. Tagliatel di Manzo al rosarino with olive oil.
4. vegetables au gratin
5. wine: Brunello di Montalcino “Col d’Orcia” 2003
6. table bread
7. apple torte
My bill for one person: 132 Euro, 61 of which was the wine.
ad 1: a pastry filled with spinach, with a creamy cheese sauce. Quite tasty, almost like a spinach Beef Wellington with a sauce.
ad 2: a bit too greasy for my taste
ad 3: steak cut in strips, rare, with olive oil, salt. Tasty.
ad 4: a tomato and zucchini dish with grated cheese: nothing special
ad 5. The wine was very good, full-bodied, splendid finish. Yet maybe a bit too young. In general, the wine list was too short; one would think that in this area one would be offered not a wine list but a wine book!
ad 6: also nothing special
ad 7: all that the restaurant had for dessert.
It turned out to be too cold to eat outside, and outside is what I would otherwise recommend. The inside is nicely done; yet if you're solo, don’t expect to be seated at the window to enjoy the view. Lots of Gringos, one of whom, a lady from NY or NJ, had a loud voice (but the restaurant can’t be blamed for that). Several of y’all Chowhounders told me what I put in my nutshell above. Y’all were right.
Tomorrow, time permitting, Hosteria il Carrocio