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New Pizza Shop to Open in Downtown Wenham

Mangia, a chain of pizza shops in Boston and south of Boston, plans to start its expansion north of Boston in Wenham by moving into an empty retail space along Main Street.

Mangia Neapolitan Pizza plans to open in a previously vacant retail space along Main Street in Wenham.

Mangia licensee Derek Langone said the company takes a "measured approach" to choosing new locations said he feels Wenham will appreciate the company's focus on quality. Mangia has seven existing locations, including two in Boston plus Brookline, Cohasset, Hopkinton, Norton and Sharon.

Langone is the licensee of the Wenham location - and possibly some other future locations. Steve Fenerjian is the CEO of the Mangia Restaurant Group.

"We chose Wenham because it's a charming small town; Additionally our research indicated that there is a shortage of high quality food options available," Langone said. "We also heard from many local residents that they would appreciate a catering option for birthday parties and other special events."

Langone said Mangia plans to open in "mid-autumn." A more specific opening date has not yet been announced. Langone said Wenham town officials have been helpful outlining the process that Mangia needs to follow to get all the necessary approvals.

There will be no customer seats in the restaurant and the pizza will instead be available for takeout or delivery.

Mangia's serves New Haven-style thin crust pizzas plus salads, gourmet sandwiches and pasta dishes and all of the food is made to order.

In advance of the opening, Langone said 12-15 employees will be hired, including a store manager, kitchen staff, counter staff and delivery drivers.

Langone said Mangia focuses on the things he said the chains restaurants have overlooked by serving high quality food at a reasonable price with "terrific customer service."

"It seems like a simple concept but today these sound business principles tend to be overlooked by the large chain restaurants," he said.

The building that Mangia plans to lease has been vacant since the winter and Kate Richard, the real estate agent that's had it listed, previously said that businesses ranging from a country store to a barbershop were interested in the space.

The building was converted from a two-family home to retail and office space by Maria Lekkakos, who owns neighboring M. Lekkakos Spa, when she purchased the building last year.

This story was updated to indicate that Derek Langone is the license of the Wenham location and not the owner of Mangia Restaurant Group.

Michelle Bailey October 01, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Can't wait for my first slice of Gluten-free Pizza! Welcome to Wenham.
Derek Langone - Mangia Pizza October 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for the well-wishes and you bring up a very good point. Mangia can make any pizza gluten free. We also have an extensive menu of non-pizza items... www.eatmangiapizza.com Thanks! ~Derek
meg hosler October 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
YAY! This is right around the corner from my house, cannot wait!!!!
Lois Lazzaro October 01, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Remember the Lactose Intolerant! Offer pizzas with Manchego Cheese (made from sheep's milk). Welcome to town!
Lori October 01, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Welcome!!!!
Tyson Goodridge October 01, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Isn't "'downtown Wenham" a bit of an oxymoron? ";-) Shouldn't we just say village? In all seriousness, we are very excited. Derek- welcome to the North Shore and we wish you all the best. Happy to help you spread the word with the catering, special events which will likely be more lucrative for you.
chris a October 02, 2012 at 12:26 AM
where are they gonna park just curious
Derek Langone - Mangia Pizza October 02, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Hey All, Thanks for the great comments! Lois we are going to have to research that cheese you mentioned. I'll be honest, it's the first I have heard of it. As far as parking goes there are about 15 spaces behind the building that are shared between Mangia Pizza and the M. Lekkakos spa. Since we are just pickup and delivery there should be ample parking for both businesses.
karenK October 02, 2012 at 11:28 AM
a good melting cheese (Vegan) that a Pizza Luce (in Duluth MN) uses is wonderful... is Daiya....you can freeze it too. http://www.daiyafoods.com/
D C Bair October 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
What will your address be in Wenham, Derek? Thanks!
Derek Langone - Mangia Pizza October 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Hi D C, The address is 158 Main Street. We are just to the left of M. Lekkakos Spa and about 100 yards to the left of the Post Office near Town Hall. We should be easy to spot once we open.
tsb October 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
right near grassy roots?
Derek Langone - Mangia Pizza October 02, 2012 at 08:52 PM
HI tsb, Yes 2 doors down from Grassy roots. They have delicios food, muffins coffee and other items so there will be a couple of great food options in the same place.
IrisB October 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Grassy Roots also has paninis and salads and is the top grab and go lunch spot in town. (As well as prepared foods and catering). Their foods are all homemade. In a VERY small town it is an interesting decision to put a new business who would presumably be a competitor to an already established business that provides similar foods in the same building association.
Kim January 04, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I'm happy to see another food option in Wenham! I've heard good things about other Mangia locations and can't wait to try the pizza.
Michelle Bailey January 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Mangia Pizza was open last night and they said they'll be open today. They are only able to accept cash right now.
Tyson Goodridge January 16, 2013 at 03:27 AM
they should use Square!
Jon Greeley January 16, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Tyson, I vote for Level Up! Derek, looking forward to trying your pies!

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