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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.
250 Route 202
Elegant fine dining Italian restaurant serving “Old World Italian” menu. The casual atmosphere centers on the bar, with dim lighting that works well for the small dining room.