Mangia, by the owners of local chain Paesanos, closed on Tuesday, and the space will be turned into an extension of Paesanos for large parties, the restaurant announced on Facebook on Tuesday evening.
Dear Friends...thank you for your support over the past 18 months. We appreciate your patronage and have truly enjoyed serving you. Due to the large volume of requests for large party dining at Paesanos Midtown that we cannot currently accommodate we have begun the conversion of Mangia! into a banquet space for large groups looking for a Paesanos dining experience. Our banquet menu will soon be available at www.Paesanos.biz. Look for some of your favorite Mangia! sandwiches to make an appearance on the menu at Paesanos and Paesanos Pronto. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you at our other restaurant locations soon.
There were signs that the restaurant, which originally opened in Sept. 2012, wasn't well and had publicly discussed making the shift into a larger event venue for Paesanos in the evenings.