August 05, 2014

Pizzeria Mia Serves Italian American Favorites in the Central West End

The restaurant occupies a storefront that used to be a travel agency on the corner of Maryland and Taylor avenues in the Central West End, and it doesn’t seem like much has changed in the way of décor since then. The yellow walls, painted with an antiqued effect, are dotted with conference-room art, and the seating is shiny black tables and red leather chairs. It’s a little cheesy, a little tacky and a little, well, Jersey. But tacky isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, my friend meant her comment as a compliment, and after a meal filled with endearingly earnest service and pretty good East Coast-style pizza, I can see why Pizzeria Mia filled her with nostalgia for her beloved Garden State diners.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Pizzeria Mia.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
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The "Mia" pizza is topped with pesto, shredded mozzarella, chicken, red peppers, artichokes and olives.
The "Mia" pizza is topped with pesto, shredded mozzarella, chicken, red peppers, artichokes and olives.
Chef Ivan Malinov makes a pie at Pizzeria Mia.
Chef Ivan Malinov makes a pie at Pizzeria Mia.
The Caesar salad comes with Romaine lettuce, croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese.
The Caesar salad comes with Romaine lettuce, croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Cannelloni.
Cannelloni.
Chef Ivan Malinov makes a pie at Pizzeria Mia.
Chef Ivan Malinov makes a pie at Pizzeria Mia.
The "Mezza Luna" appetizer: roasted garlic, gorgonzola, tomato sauce and basil.
The "Mezza Luna" appetizer: roasted garlic, gorgonzola, tomato sauce and basil.
Patio seating at Pizzeria Mia.
Patio seating at Pizzeria Mia.
The Caesar salad comes with Romaine lettuce, croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese.
The Caesar salad comes with Romaine lettuce, croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Manager Bobby Lesage.
Manager Bobby Lesage.
Pizzeria Mia's dining room.
Pizzeria Mia's dining room.