It appears that some folks affiliated with Mangia Nashville, calling themselves The Men of La Mangia, have released a five-song Christmas EP, A Very Mangia Christmas, featuring classics like "Jingle Bell Rock," "Dominic the Donkey," "Shake Hands With Santa Claus" and "Christmas Tears." And last but not least: If you listen to nothing else Christmas-related this holiday season, you must hear this version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," à la Christopher Walken. Seriously. It's incredible.
You can download the whole EP here — for free. How's that for the Christmas spirit?
So who are The Men of La Mangia, you ask? According to the website:
Like the Santa Clauses at the mall at Christmastime, the identities of The Men of La Mangia are best kept a secret. Just know that they have a list that they check every now and then. And a bell.
First, The Men of La Mangia's website is hosted on Pagetta's website, and we know he's a talented singer-songwriter in his own right. And Pellegrino? That was easy. Not only is he a fine musician — he also does the best Walken impersonation this side of the Hollywood Freeway.
For more information about La Mangia Nashville, which is currently in the midst of its traditional Italian Christmas celebration "The Feast of the Seven Fishes," visit their Facebook page or call (615) 538-7456. But be warned: They fill up weeks in advance, so plan ahead.