Cheap Eats 2007: Mia's Pizzas
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Mia's Pizzas
Address: 4926 Cordell Ave , Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-718-6427
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian, American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10:30, Sunday 11:30 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Romaine salad; broccolini; beef-veal-and-pork meatballs, alone or in a trio of sliders; arugula-pear-and-Gorgonzola salad; among the pizzas, the simple Mia’s or Margherita, the spicy Arrabiata, the mussel-topped Di Mare, or the Salsiccia, shingled with s
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

With its mustard-yellow walls and bottles of Shiraz lining the blond wood shelves, Melissa Ballinger’s months-old upstart feels more Santa Cruz than Bethesda. But there’s a seriousness of purpose that belies the laid-back vibe.

Ballinger, who learned her craft in restaurants like Pizzeria Paradiso and 2 Amys, knows her stuff. Crusts are chewy and full of yeasty flavor, and toppings are good quality, whether mozzarella and pepperoni or Gruyère and ham. Salads such as a toss of arugula with sliced pears, or romaine with bleu cheese and beets, are brightly flavored and well balanced.

Although you’ll see kids clamoring for one of the cute cupcakes sitting on the pizza counter, save your calories—they taste like they come from a mix.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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