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Day 178: Mia's Pizzas

Mia's Pizzas

Mia’s Pizzas is located at 4926 Cordell Avenue in the Woodmont Triangle area.  My first experience here was on a cool, but pleasant fall evening, when we enjoyed some of their wood-fired pizzas on their patio under a colorful umbrella.  The pizza is really good as any pizza should be when the word pizza is in your company name.  Mia, the founder, it turns out is a real person and she actually comes to the restaurant every night to prepare food.  Her pizza menu includes the classic “margherita” – tomato sauce, mozzarella di bufala, fresh basil  for $14 as well as the more exotic “the littleneck” – clams in the shell, garlic, capers, spicy sprinkles, parmesan also for $14 and many other favorites in between. There’s a nice mix of salads on the menu as well including insalata mista, chopped romaine, arugula & pear and the classics Ceasar and spinach salads.  We started our order with bruchette with portobello mushrooms, butternut squash and goat cheese that was delicious.  Mia’s also has a decent kids menu with mini pizza, grilled cheese, mac-n-cheese and buttered noodles.  Lastly, don’t forget the dessert.  They’ve caught the cupcake craze and have a “cupcake of the day” or you could choose from chocolate mousee, crème brûlée, chocolate chip pudding or a caramel apple crisp.

Mia's Wine Selections

They have a nice selection of wines including sparkling, rose, white and red wines.  They also have draft and bottled beer as well.  Our choice was the Sauvignon Blanc Fire Road by Marlborough from New Zealand.  I asked a wine connoisseur once why the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand were so good and I was told that the flavor comes from the “struggle” the grapes have to endure in the climate in New Zealand.  The climate forces the grape vines to work hard to obtain the necessary nutrients and that adds to the intensity of the flavor.   One famous quote I heard about drinking one’s first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was that it was like having sex for the first time!  Hmmmm.  Not sure about that but If that’s is true I think it should be served in a shot glass instead of a wine glass!  Short and sweet! (I’m gonna hear about this from Amy).

Finally, this is a nice restaurant to visit when the weather is nice.  In fact Bethesda Magazine just featured Mia’s in their latest issue as one of their favorite outdoor eating spots.  Stop by Mia’s and if you see someone having their first Sauvignon Blanc, tell the waiter “I’ll have what she’s having!” ~ Brian

  1. Melissa Ballinger


    Thank you so much for the wonderful review of Mia’s Pizzas. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Sauv Blanc! Next time you’re in please don’t hesitate to ask for me, I’d love to say hi!

    Thanks again,


  2. Bethesda 365

    Hi Melissa, Thank you for checking out our blog and for your comment. Brian and I appreciate it! We love the pizza at Mia’s and will certainly ask for you next time we are there so we can say hi and meet you. Thanks again! Amy

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