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   Crab Cakes.
1423 Magnolia St., Ste. A Gulfport
Facebook @mangiamogulfport
Sun & Mon, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues-Wed, closed
Thurs, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri & Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
story and photos by Kimberly C. Rasmussen
94 | March 2023 | SOUTH MISSISSIPPI Living
In a food-heavy community engrossed with all things seafood, it can sometimes
be easy to overlook the other categories of food that the Coast has to offer. One of the most notable – and oh-so-delicious culinary classifications – is Italian. It’s certainly one of my favorites! There is something so delectable about Italian food. It’s rich, it’s comforting, and sometimes borders on a sinfully delicious experience. Having access to this genuinely amazing culinary delight is something the residents of Gulfport can get excited about as Mangiamo Italian Restaurant is finally open!
Brothers James and Matthew Pipper,
Jr. grew up helping out with their family restaurant in Picayune and it was always a dream of theirs to open up a place of their own closer to the coastal scene. Both James and Matthew had a passion for cooking, and Italian food is something they’ve
always loved. There was something special about the Italian culture that resonated deep with both brothers, resulting in a desire to bring a little piece of Italian heaven to their local community.
The goal behind the Mangiamo menu
is to feature a variety of popular Italian dishes, while also giving a serious nod to the coastal seafood flair that we all know and love. Therefore, it’s no surprise that two of the best antipasti, or appetizers,
are the crab cakes and mussels. The crab cakes feature jumbo lump crabmeat mixed with a house breading, which is then baked and pan fried for just the right amount
of texture and sear. They are served atop lemon aioli and finished with pickled onions and arugula. Prince Edward Island Mussels are another pre-dinner treat that are great to share. The mussels are cooked over an open flame and then floated into

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