Mangia Gourmet opened in August 2013 and specializes in fresh and healthy homemade foods, with an emphasis on gluten free & vegetarian specialties. Chef/owner Jill Johnson uses local and organic resources when possible, as well as environmentally friendly packaging. Her mother, Maria Johnson, is the baker, and is becoming well known for her gluten free options. Mangia offers indoor seating plus a beautiful courtyard for community gatherings, live music, and special events. Mangia has received many awards already, including a Best of The Bay by Creative Loafing and the people's choice award in LocalShops1's Top Local Chef.
From their application for Best New Business:
"We cook from the heart, and once we get the people in the door, the are hooked! The menu is unique in that it offers a wide variety of foods for everyone, from herbivores to carnivores. ... Mangia contributes to several charities and community events throughout the year. We recently sponsored the Gulfport Relay for Life, sponsored a tree being planted in Gulfport's Clymer Park in an effort to build our 1st food forest, and host an open mic every Thursday, which provides a space for the many talented local musicians!"
Mangia Gourmet is at 2930 Beach Blvd S., Gulfport. They can be reached at 727-321-6264 or through their website, mangiagourmet.com.
Link to vote: LocalShops1.com/Awards
Link to tickets: LocalShops1.com/Events