A Triple Twist on the Classic Tomato Bruschetta

Mangia Cucina & Bar | Hidden Gems Vancouver

Italian food will always be one of my favourites, but sometimes having a rich pasta or cheesy piece pizza is a little too heavy. When I feel this way, I opt for lighter dishes that are bursting with flavour, like the Bruschetta Trio from Mangia Cucina & Bar.

Mangia Cucina & Bar | Hidden Gems Vancouver

Located in Mount Pleasant, Mangia Cucina & Bar sits in a beautiful red heritage house that’s been converted into a restaurant. Opened by Sicilian-born chef and restaurateur Alessandro Riccobono, Mangia Cucina offers a wide selection of regional Italian wines and authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy space. White brick walls, small wooden tables, and warm lighting make this place the perfect spot for a romantic date.

Bruschetta Trio at Mangia Cucina & Bar | Hidden Gems Vancouver

For a light lunch or appetizer to share, Mangia’s Bruschetta Trio is a must-try. Made with three large, lightly toasted focaccia crostini, each bruschetta features a different colourful topping. These include creamy burrata and tomato, artichoke puree, and pistachio pesto. Each bite of crostini is slightly salty with a nice crunch, balancing the texture nicely with each of the toppings.

The burrata and tomato bruschetta is topped with creamy burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil.

The cherry tomatoes are fresh, garlicky, and salty. Every time you take a bite, the tang from the tomatoes is matched with the creaminess of the burrata.

Each bite is rich and popping with flavour.

Bruschetta Trio at Mangia Cucina & Bar | Hidden Gems Vancouver

Next, the bruschetta with artichoke puree. The puree is smooth and creamy, with a flavour that’s much more subtle than the burrata and tomato. Pieces of fresh artichoke on top give a nice meaty texture to the bruschetta.

Bruschetta Trio at Mangia Cucina & Bar | Hidden Gems Vancouver

Last is my favourite: the pistachio pesto. The pesto is nutty, velvety, and slightly sweet from the pistachios, but not rich in any way. Sprinkled on top are pieces of toasted pistachios, adding a nice salty crunch to the otherwise creamy topping.

Paired with a glass of Italian red wine, the Bruschetta Trio from Mangia Cucina & Bar is exactly what I’m looking for when I’m craving light, fresh Italian food.

Restaurant: Mangia Cucina & Bar

Featured Dish Name: Bruschetta Trio

Dish Type: Antipasti/Tapas/Snack

Available For: All Day

Dish Price: $10.00

Flavour Profile: Savoury

Served: Cold

Portion Size: For Share

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