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At the Mangiare, Italian Cuisine Has Fresh Aroma

By: “Grand Chef” Keizo Nakasone

Date Posted: 2000-03-17

One American lady who recently dined at a very decent restaurant on island, with her whole family, made the following comment while talking to a friend: “The food was good, and we all enjoyed our meal. But there was something about the aroma that just seemed too normal. I want new aromas when I take my family out dining...”

The Mangiare, an Italian restaurant located in Okinawa City, is famous for bringing clients to their knees simply through the force of aromas. As soon as you open the door and walk into the Mangiare, it is with a greeting of wonderful aromas that you are welcome. The fresh flavors of pure garlic, wine and olives is a sure promise of an exceptional culinary experience to come.

The place more formally known as the Mangiare, Kaori and Pasta is, in fact, the only Italian joint on the island that assures a gastronomic occasion for individuals, couples and families with exceptional fresh aromas at all times. The restaurant offers a wide selection of Italian pasta, pizza, seafood dishes, salads, pizza and desserts that are, first and foremost, attractive to the sense of smell. And, of course, by all accounts, the dishes are nicely presented to satisfy the eyes as much as they soothe even the most insatiable palates.

The main dining room of the Mangiare is a place of relaxation, while the lattice-covered patio outside offers the perfect resting place after a hard day’s work, especially when the weather is quite clement. From the patio, there is a great view of Awase and the East China Sea.

The restaurant’s menu can boast of being one of the most elaborate any Italian house can offer in Okinawa. Lots of southern dishes (appetizers, pastas, pizzas, risotto), Italian liquors, wine, beer and exotic cocktails are available at great prices. Appetizers and salads range between ¥700 and ¥1,300. Tomato and mozzarella, served with fresh herbs, olive oil and cheese, are particularly recommended to start the course. As for the main entree, Pescatora (served with large prawns, clams and mussels over linguini) or scallops in cream sauce could be ordered to top your pasta dish for just ¥1,300. A wide selection of pizzas and risotto plates, with prices ranging from ¥1,000 to ¥1,300, are prepared to satisfy your appetite completely. Whether the sauces accompanying the dishes are tomato or cream based, they all have one main quality: the irresistible flavor of fresh ingredients.

Risotto happens, however, to the Mangiare’s specialty. The traditional Italian dish, with price ranging between ¥1,000 and ¥1,100 depending on the combination, may come either with mushrooms and bacon in tomato sauce or just mushrooms in cream sauce.

For any client who wants a specific dish that is not on the menu, special full course menus are always available on request. However, they must order at least two days in advance in order to leave proper time for preparation. The Mangiare accepts Yen, dollars and all major credit cards for payments. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for tea-time from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.

DIRECTIONS: From Kadena Gate 2, drive towards Awase, past Hwy 330, on Rte. 20. After the Okinawa City police station, the Kanahide grocery store and a few apartment buildings, all on your right, take the next right turn onto the small street. Drive onto the Mangiare, standing on a small hill, by going slightly past the building, and making two successive right turns.

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