William Shakespeare tells us through the title character in Macbeth, “Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!” Mangia Nashville, named “Nashville’s Best Weekly Food Event” by the Nashville Scene, is about to supply great food for good digestion to benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
Nick Pellegrino, owner-chef of Mangia Nashville, will create a delightful five-course meal with a Shakespearian theme on March 14. The dinner on the day before the Ides of March begins at 7 p.m. in the Cool Cafe (1110 Hillsboro Rd., Ste. B200 in Franklin). The $150 per-person feast includes wine, sparkling water and a casual, fun atmosphere to interact with other Shakespeare lovers and surprise celebrity guests while dancing and singing along to Italian-American song classics, according to organizers of the evening.
“Big Night is one of my favorite films, and this event is designed to be a lot like the meal they have in the film. Adding some genuine Shakespearean touches, (Pellegrino) is creating a meal fit for the gods,” Nashville Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Denice Hicks says. “And we’re hoping (former Tennessee Titans running back) Eddie George (who played the title role in Nashville Shakes’ Winter 2012 production of Julius Caesar) will grace us with a Caesar speech or two. I can’t wait!”
Tickets for the limited-seating event are available at nashvilleshakes.org/mangia.
Mangia Nashville (“mangia” in Italian translates to “you eat”) is a weekly fixed-price, homestyle Italian feast served every Friday and Saturday night at Cool Cafe in Franklin. Pellegrino, a longtime musician, songwriter and restaurant manager from Staten Island, N.Y., started the popular offering two years ago.
The family-style event has been feted for its authenticity, abundance of food and jovial atmosphere in which Pellegrino leads sing-a-longs and coaxes even the most resistant of diners to get up and dance, organizers say. The event has won very positive reviews in the Nashville Scene, Tennessean, Southern Exposure and Nashville Post.
Mangia Nashville is often sold out now months in advance. For questions about the Ides of March dinner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the NSF offices at (615) 255-2273. For more about the Nashville Shakespeare Festival please visit www.nashvilleshakes.org. For more about Mangia Nashville, please visit facebook.com/MangiaNashville.
*Image courtesy Nashville Shakespeare Festival.