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