Well known Aboca’s Italian Grill spins off upscale sibling in Plano

&#13 A well-liked very long-time Italian restaurateur is opening a new restaurant in Plano in a place he is aware very perfectly. The new cafe is Mangia Bistro, and it truly is from Artur Pira, owner of the remarkable Aboca’s Italian Grill in Richardson. &#13 Mangia will open up at […]

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A well-liked very long-time Italian restaurateur is opening a new restaurant in Plano in a place he is aware very perfectly. The new cafe is Mangia Bistro, and it truly is from Artur Pira, owner of the remarkable Aboca’s Italian Grill in Richardson.

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Mangia will open up at 508 14th St., proper off US-75, in a space that was formerly residence to Paesano’s Ristorante, which Pira earlier owned.

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Paesano’s was the very first restaurant he opened back in 1997, exactly where he proven his crowd-pleasing formula of superior-high-quality food stuff, skillfully created and at a realistic cost — a components he recreated at Aboca’s, which he opened just a couple of exits down US-75 in Richardson in 2004.

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In an region and at a time with couple of good Italian dining establishments, Paesano’s and Aboca’s stood out, with pastas, pizzas, chicken, seafood, and risotto. Pira formerly labored in 5-star kitchens, and that encounter confirmed, in brightly flavored sauces and dressings designed in-dwelling.

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Pira is also an superb baker who bakes his very own property breads, served heat and crusty with butter, plus dough for pizzas and calzones, moreover bakery-caliber desserts such as layer cakes, cheesecakes, and tiramisu. His baking prowess is like a magic formula weapon.

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He sold Paesano’s a handful of years back again to target on Aboca’s, but continue to owned the making — which unfortunately endured a harming fire in 2017.

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Pira took possession of the place yet again and has crafted an entirely new structure that will be property to Mangia. He is anticipating to have it open by the very first 7 days of August.

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Aboca has a comprehensive menu with every sort of pasta — lasagna, baked penne, manicotti, cannelloni, carbonara, gnocchi, and a lot more. There are hearty purple-sauce choices and a lot more fragile Northern-Italian-design dishes, as properly.

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Their signature dish is Hen Aboca — chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, provolone, and basil in a spinach product sauce, for $12.99. Most of their dishes are $9.99.

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Mangia will be a small much more ambitious than Aboca in phrases of atmosphere and menu, but that isn’t going to indicate even bigger.

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“It will be pretty nice,” he says. “The menu will be a tiny shorter and more selective, with some stellar appetizers, pastas, and salads, but also some items you might not hope at an Italian restaurant including some steaks.”

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Mangia will also have a whole bar Aboca’s has beer and wine only.

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They’ll be open up for meal but also lunch, considering that that space around East Plano has a robust demand from customers for lunch.

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“We are lastly coming again,” he suggests.

Traci J. Lewis

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