Always Andersonville: The Podcast – Show Notes for Episode 134 with Marisa Paolillo of Mango Pickle

This week, Joelle and Kaylee are joined by Marisa Paolillo, owner of Mango Pickle. Mango Pickle is a delicious bistro with Indian influences. They offer a number of different dishes, such as curries, various regional dishes, and are currently offering an impressive seasonal supper series. They also offer great cocktails and Indian coffee and tea. With the great reviews they’ve received, there’s no question that Mango Pickle is a must-go at 5842 N Broadway. 

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A shot of the interior of Mango Pickle.

“It was the time [COVID-19] for comfort food. It was the time to go back to simple basics.”
-Marisa Paolill0

Listen to Episode 134 with Marisa Paolillo!

Top podcast highlights, and where to find them (by timestamp):

:46 – Tune in to hear about Marisa and her background.

3:08 – Mango Pickle is in the middle of their “21 Days of Thali” supper series. Hear about how they begin to curate for these four-time-a-year specials. They spent a lot of time choreographing the takeout versions of the menus to fit the experience of dining in!

7:20 – When the pandemic hit, they were marketing their takeout food as “Indian Comfort Meals.” Hear about their process at the beginning of the pandemic and how they coped with this time. Marisa’s personal favorite comfort food is khichdi!


11:08 – Marissa spent some time working and learning in India. Hear her story here!


“People are conscientious of their society … It’s a very community driven place [India] … When they go to work, that becomes their adopted community.”

15:45 – Hear about how Marissa chose to open up Mango Pickle in Andersonville! She went to Vincent in Andersonville while the Farmer’s Market was going in. She was sold!

18:17 – Not only is Mango Pickle strongly Indian influenced, but they also include some other cultural influences, as well. Tune in to hear the cooking foundations of her and her partner, Greg.

20:50 – If you’re planning your first trip to Mango Pickle, hear the MUST HAVE dish from the owner herself!

22:37 – Tune in for Rapid Fire Questions! Questions include: We’re guessing you love to travel. Where is your favorite place you’ve been? Any place you dream of traveling to? What is your favorite dish to cook? Do you have another restaurant or two that you love to go to in the area? How do you like to spend your free time?

Connect with Marissa and Mango Pickle on the following platforms:
Instagram: @mangopicklechicago
Facebook: @mangopicklechicago