People this isn't a first from the world of Kitchen Nightmares, just because Ramsay goes in a does a face lift doesn't mean the owner completely changes. It says above the chef departed in November, which was probably the Ramsay chef that he called in as a favor. So Ramsay was there in Aug 2013 and the chef left in November, probably was those 4 months you could get a good meal in the restaurant. Even in the episode Julie said the food was bland before the relaunch, she probably went back to the bland when the chef quit. It's like anything else, you can only help a person so much, they have to figure out how to do it them self, I guess Julie didn't.
Sooo many great lines in this review. I especially love this one... "handles the cleavage quota that's seemingly still necessary for Woodland Pee-ers"...
Thanks you Matt for your honest reviews and humorous edginess.
new favorite word, piposity
Oh joy! Oh bliss! Kevin's spuds (in any of their manifestations) are nonpareil!
P.S. From "foodfun" review above. Carlos Miguel's is now call Serranos Mexican Bar and Grill. I wanted to get this right, because their food is awesome. It's in a small yellow building... 730 Hwy 24 right on the main road through Woodland Park.
My son and I had lunch there about 3 weeks ago. We have eaten there before "Ramsay" and thought the food was awful, so we never went back. When we heard Gordon was there, we thought to give them another chance. So sad that we did. The food was horrible. My biggest complaint being that it was completely tasteless. I had some kind of pasta that only had veggies in it and my son had Lasagna. We both had a ceasar salad and the artichoke ap. We both had to ask for salt and pepper to add some flavor to our dishes. The ceasar salad, which was a large piece of lettuce with about a 1/4 teaspoon of dressing and 4 croutons was terrible. My son ordered some kind of tomato soup and sent it back because he said it tasted like hot marinara sauce. We are sad, because Woodland Park has very few places to eat and the only good one is Mexican "Carlos Miguels" You will love the food there. Problem is we can't eat Mexican every time we go out, so we end up going to the Springs. So... we will never return to Mangia Mangia unless the owner wants to give us a free meal to show us they were just having a bad afternoon. By the way... $42 for lunch for 2 and we were the only ones there. Owner contact me if you want us to come back.
I ate there with a friend a couple of weeks after the show was filmed, and I don't think I've had a worse restaurant experience in my life. I'd say that this review is a bit generous in its praise of this hell hole.
This reporter clearly does not understand food or the underlying techniques...kudos for looking up some FRENCH techniques coupled with talking out your rear end. FYI a béchamel sauce is one of the mother sauces that starts with a roux to thicken and then milk is added (also called a white sauce). An Alfredo sauce is a butter & heavy cream mixture fortified with Parmesan (or other hard Italian cheeses) and possibly herbs. Alfredo is not made with a roux and is not thickened with flour. Seriously, did you expect a sauce made with a 4 to 1 cream and butter ratio to be light? (1/4 c. butter to 1 c. cream with 1 1/2 cups cheese) WTF?
I actually laughed when the reporter mentioned that the chopped fresh basil on his Eggplant Parmigiana was cut irregularly or sprinkled on haphazardly. After all, a chiffonade is folding the basil leaf and cutting it into thin strips. While this may be a reasonable complaint in a three star Michelin restaurant, an in evenly cut or sprinkled garnish in this market should not be worthy of a mention.
How can this reporter give a honest evaluation when he can not tell a mother sauce from a Alfredo sauce? I suggest he learn to discern the difference before perusing the index of a Julia Child cookbook in a failed attempt to sound educated.
This reporter is a reporter and a damn good one! He had a brand new waitress as his server (That should have been trained, before being released out into the wild) As for the Tiramisu, that gets nothing but positive feedback, so long as you don't read this review. I feel like Matthew, went out of his way to give open, honest feedback, as we should expect from someone in his current position. He has reviewed me before, and given me some praises and ripped me as well. That is how we as service industry professionals grow, and learn to provide better services to our patrons. I hope Matt continues to cover the food service industry in this exact manner, it may help grow an already evolving food culture in this town we all call home. Thanks Matt
Oddly enough,being a recent resident of up the pass, I've never heard of this place.
^ Another employee post?
The week of filming was also a week of heavy rains and flooding - with US24 being closed several times. I wonder how that affected the show's production?
The ultimate failure rate for restaurants "resurrected" by Gordon Ramsey and the Food Network's Robert Irvine appears to be about 80%, thus I wish them luck.
Nope, just a long time, loyal employee, who knows the truths throughout the restaurant and kitchen nightmares.
We went in about a week after the filming ended , as Woodland Park residents we were very curious. The interior was much better, the service was about the same . As for the food, my husband ended up with an indescribable case of gas after eating a clam dish. It was a very unpleasant for both of us.
This reporter needs to get a life. It's a restaurant. If he doesn't like it and it offends him so much to go there, maybe, WOW, he should just stop going there. Mangia has been in business for almost six years, they're obviously doing something right.
Sounds like the owner made the above comment.
Wow! This reporter is a dick! He had a brand new waitress as his server, of course she doesn't know everything. The waitress immediately asked the chef, after being questioned about the sausage, where it is from. As for the Tiramisu, Mangia has remarkable Tiramisu, home made daily, that gets nothing but positive feedback. I feel like Matthew, the reporter, went out of his way to rip Mangia a new one. Ramsey may not have given Mangia the kind of improvement a small town restaurant needs, but the owner, Julie Watson is doing a damn fine job getting it back on track!
Went there for lunch with a couple of co-workers and was very disappointed. We were told there is a charge for chips and salsa, strike one. The reason why we are told "the chips and salsa are made fresh daily." So what, we all have eaten at restaurants where the chips and salsa are made fresh and there wasn't a charge. They do not serve carne asada, they serve shredded beef, strike two in my book. I guess Texmex style Mexican restaurants don't serve carne asada. I decided to keep it simple and ordered off of the lunch menu 2 tacos which come with rice and beans. The beans appear to be a mixture of pinto and black beans and were seasoned and very flavorable. The rice however was very salty and wasn't cooked all the way, not even close to being al dente. The tacos were so-so and very poorly filled the taco. Would I ever go back definitely not the lack of parking was strike three, so no there are out of there.
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