GaleriAAA by Mangiare is an Italian restaurant located in the Rotterdam Noord district. To dine here, in this spacious restaurant, is to enjoy a rich culinary experience while literally surrounded by beautiful works of art. Some of which might still be wet!
If you're a 'foodie,' then you probably know about Mangiare. With their two other locations in the city (Van Oldenbarneveltstraat and Pannekoekstraat), Mangiare has garnered a reputation as one of the top Italian restaurants in Rotterdam.
So, what's with the name change? GaleriAAA is an art gallery and restaurant in one. The restaurant is a collaboration between Mangiare and AAAFRESH123, a well-known art collective. The restaurant and the art studio are joined together by a pretty awesome looking hole in the wall. This is actually quite cool; you could make a trip to GaleriAAA for the food and waltz right into the gallery or vice versa.
At GaleriAAA by Mangiare there's art all over the place
GaleriAAA by Mangiare
GaleriAAA by Mangiare and AAAFRESH123 studio are connected by a hole in the wall
Dinner and a movie gallery?
The collaboration between the AAAFRESH123 artist trio and Mangiare makes for a visually pleasing aesthetic. The combination of gastronomy and art may not sound unique. But what makes this experience different, is the fact that the artists are actually in the house. The art is produced next door, and all the pieces you see are coveted by both local and international collectors.
Moreover, every last Sunday of the month, the AAAFRESH123 artists, Hans Kleinjan, Maikel Kleinjan and Roderik Faasen, venture into the restaurant and do a live painting session accompanied by live jazz music.
GaleriAAA by Mangiare - the painting in the top left was created in a live painting session inside the restaurant
Try the melanzane!
The food doesn't just look delicious, it really does taste amazing. The melanzane alla parmigiana (a.k.a. 'eggplant lasagna') is probably the best I ever had. The restaurant is open for late breakfast (10:00), lunch and dinner.
At GaleriAAA by Mangiare they try to keep up with the seasons and only use fresh ingredients. The upshot is that they don't work with a fixed menu. When you visit, they come to the table and tell you what's on the menu for that evening. This also means, that the next time you visit, that particular meal you loved may not be available. But given their track record, I'd say bring it on!
GaleriAAA by Mangiare
Lasagna with pumpkin and spicy spianata
GaleriAAA by Mangiare - melanzane alla parmigiana
Didn't get to try these Deviled eggs, but they sure look tasty
Location: GaleriAAA by Mangiare
GaleriAAA by Mangiare is located on the Zaagmolenkade, in Rotterdam Noord. You can get there easily by taking tram 8. Get off at Zwaanshals and it'll be around the corner.