250 Highway 202/31, Flemington
Hours: Lunch, Mon–Fri, 11:30 am–2:30 pm. Dinner, Mon–Fri, 5–9:30 pm; Sat, 5–10 pm; Sun, 4–8:30 pm.
Style: The casual atmosphere centers on the bar, with dim lighting that works well for the small dining room.
Don’t Miss: Start with the mozzarella salad ($9) served with fresh tomato, basil pesto and roasted red peppers. If you’re craving pasta, look no further. The penne vodka ($13) is exceptional, and the portion massive. You’ll easily have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. Outstanding entrées include the shrimp Bella Donna ($22) in a rich cream and citrus sauce over roasted vegetables. The chicken arrabbiata ($17) combines strips of chicken breast and sausage over hearty tomato gravy. For dessert, try the tiramisu ($6), swimming in coffee and whipped cream.
Heads Up: Mangia Bene is located next to the Flemington Ramada, but don’t get discouraged by the tractor-trailers parked outside.
The Scoop: There’s a long list of house martinis and daily drink specials.