The Mansion Inn opened its sangria garden to the public at 5 p.m. Thursday, and South Main Street was abuzz with excitement over something new and different on the restaurant/bar scene.
Owner Zoe Vassiliou and chef Sammy Demiri have been in the business around New York City for nearly 30 years. And sangria has remained trendy, available in every variety imaginable, using top-tier red, white and rose wine, and newer ingredients like peach, strawberry and passion fruit. Tonight’s sangria special is Watermelon. Hurra!
With seating in excess of 115, including a lovely rear garden, the new Mansion makes an interesting night spot, with 11 varieties of sangria, and tapas, small plates and full entrees to accompany the beverage. “We bottle our own sangria fresh every morning,” explained Demiri, 43, who adds that its sweetness derives not from added sugar, but by fruit that’s been soaked overnight.
Intriguing appetizers on the menu include Mussels Vinaigrette ($11), Escargot Seta ($9), Cerviche ($14) and Traditional Greek Salad ($9). Entrees come from all around the Mediterranean and beyond, including Rustic Shrimp Fra Diavolo ($25), Paella Valenciana ($24), Paella Verdura ($18) and the 22-24 ounce grass-fed, Black Angus, bone-in Rib Eye Steak ($38).
Glasses of traditional red and white sangria are $9, with bottles priced at $32. Sangria specials like Georgia Peach are priced at $10 the glass, and $35 for a bottle.
The Mansion Inn is located at 9 S. Main St.; cash only.