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Mangia Mia’s The Smasher Recipe

Mangia Mia Food Truck

In 2011 just as South Florida’s Food Truck engines were warming up Mangia Mia showed up on the scene. The great folks (the late Patrick Murdock & his wife Kim) behind the original incarnation of the Mangia Mia Food Truck featured this irresistible sandwich called The Smasher, a smashed Meatball Sandwich on toasted Garlic Bread. Here’s your chance to recreate this beauty!


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (no-salt-added)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 14.5 ounces crushed tomatoes (no-salt-added)
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat a medium-sized saucepan over med-high heat.
  2. Pour the oil into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom.
  3. Cook the onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is soft, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk in tomato paste, parsley, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to med-low and cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients.
  7. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


  • 2.5 ounces Italian breadcrumbs
  • 7 cloves garlic, ground
  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper, ground
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce Ketchup
  • 1.5 pounds fresh ground beef (88/12)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the ground beef.
  • Mix well, then add ground beef and mix again thoroughly.
  • Roll out mixture into 20 equal meatballs.
  • Cook in oven for 30 minutes.

Mangia Mia's The Smasher


Makes approximately 4 servings

    • 1 large loaf garlic bread
    • Marinara Sauce (above)
    • 5 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
    • 20 Meatballs (above)
    • 2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated


  • Divide garlic bread into sandwich portions.
  • Toast one side of each half on the grill.
  • Spread a layer of marinara sauce on the toasted side of the bread, and then add ¼ of a cup of Mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Take two meatballs and smash them with a large spatula.
  • Place them on top of the Mozzarella cheese.
  • Add a little more marinara sauce on top of the meatball then add another ¼ cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the sandwich back on the grill and toast the un-toasted sides of the bread.
  • Remove from grill, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and serve.

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