The Mangiamare is a cheap restaurant where you can expect quantity but not great quality. You can have a complete set meal, including an endless stream of hors d'oeuvre, a couple of first courses (pasta and rice) with seafood, a fish main course and a sorbet, for just 22 euros, drinks excluded. I can't imagine anyone who could eat all that stuff, so a reduced version of the set meal, without the fish main course, is available for 17 euros, drinks excluded.
Our hors d'oeuvre was so abundant that it could be considered a meal in itself. It was also quite good, actually. The following first courses, though, were ordinary, if not poor. After the hors d'oeuvre and the first courses, we were so full up that we couldn't eat anything else but the final sorbet. Nobody around us dared to order the fish main course.
The atmosphere was poorer than the food. We dined there on a hot summer night and the place was overcrowded, noisy and unbearably sultry. I don't know if the air-conditioning wasn't working or if it was just inadequate, but we were all soaking wet with sweat and gasping for air. The waiters' shirts could have been wrung out. I can't understand how one can run a crowded restaurant in such a hot place without setting up an adequate air-conditioning system.
I would define this place a "meal factory" rather than a restaurant. I would recommend it only to those who really need to dine on a budget.
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