Our downtown location is now closed, however catering is available
MKB builds on the family tradition of Italian dining that began when Amo and Rose Scotese opened La Cantina in 1936. You can still taste the original spaghetti sauce and other family recipes used by Nonna Rosa, as her grandchildren call her, when she first served up lunches for truck drivers who delivered ice for the ice house Amo ran in Paw Paw before turning to the restaurant business. Emilio learned to cook from his grandmother. As a child, he’d stand on a wooden beer crate in Nonna Rosa’s kitchen to stir the sauces. He also helped her bake bread. “She was an excellent baker,” Emilio says. “She baked cakes and other desserts. Cheesecakes were among her specialties.” Cheesecakes from Nonna Rosa’s recipes are regularly offered on Mangia's dessert menu. The Neapolitan and Calabrian traditions in cooking, that Nonna Rosa learned from her family, call for fresh ingredients. Mangia Kitchen + Bar strives to follow those traditions by using the freshest vegetables, fruits and meats available from local vendors and farmers. <Our Menu>
Mangia Kitchen + Bar and all of its talented chefs have built an award-winning reputation in Kalamazoo, earning the respect of diners looking for authentic Italian cuisine. Join us anytime for great service and fantastic food.