Mia's Italian Kitchen

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253 reviews
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Mia's Italian Kitchen is Rooted in Family

The inspiration came from one of the partner’s unique relationship with his great-grandmother – she didn’t speak a word of English, so they communicated through food. Originally from Naples, Italy, she used easy, simple, raw ingredients - an approach that Mia’s will carry over in our own menu, which will include house-made pasta, Italian sandwiches, charcuterie, and square pizzas.
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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to be with friends! Love the food. Easy to get to and great service

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KB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service quite good, but tables too close together and area too noisy.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mia’s is one of our favorite places. The drinks are great as is the service. The giant meatball is our favorite appetizer. We’ve had pasta, pizza, and entrees - all have been fabulous.

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MF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mia’s Italian kitchen was even better than we imagined. Food was delicious, ambiance was very nice and service was great. Definitely a place we will come back more often!

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! My husband, son and I dined here for Valentine’s Day. We were an hour late for our reservation due to a delayed flight. The host was so kind and sat us at a table by the window. Our waitress immediately came to our table and took our drink orders and made some suggestions. Our starter was a delicious artisan bread stuffed with cheese. Amazing!! My son had the cheese pizza. The flavors in the sauce danced on your tongue. My husband had chicken parmigiana and he gave it an excellent review. I had the house made fettuccine al funghi! I highly recommend this dish. Three varieties of mushrooms in a delicious cream sauce. We topped off the evening with cannolis! We will definitely return!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was plain

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the location / restaurant / food and drinks. Will come back again for sure

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C
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food; Italian flavor comes through.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

One of our diners did not like her meal at all and asked to have to taken bad. It was the pasta special which apparently was not so special. It was taken off the bill.

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DJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this place. The decor is nice and inviting. Food was delicious. One member of our party tried to order two different beers that were on the menu but they were sold out, so he had to settle for his third choice. Otherwise I would have given it all 5 stars.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I wish this place was quiet enough for people to have a conversation! Food and service were great.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and ambiance. Our waitress was super nice! The food was delicious, however, I'm gluten free and ordered the zucchini "zoodles" instead of pasta, and they got really soggy after only a few minutes. That tends to happen with these types of noodles if you don't let them drain for awhile first. The appetizer I ordered was fantastic though and now I'll know not to order the zoodles again!

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Our table at the top of the stairs was extremely distracting. The pizza was good. The rest of the food was fine - not great. Service - very good.

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JI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service, good food and attentive service.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stay in Alexandria each year for a day or two. We have tried many restaurants and were very pleased with our choice this year. We sat by the bar at a high top as it was Super Bowl Sunday and we wanted to watch a bit of the game. The bartender waited on us and she was excellent!
Even to the point of suggesting all the meats and cheeses for our appy! We had a great time and the waitstaff was very attentive. We will look forward to our next visit!

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A
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service. We really enjoyed the space as well!

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PS
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great we love it at Mia’s Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Old Town. Tonight we had the veal and it was amazing so tender and the spaghetti carbonara also was fantastic!

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first time at Mia's and it was lively, quick service and great prices for Old Town!

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JK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot....fresh food, reasonable prices . Bill our server was great.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing, service slow.

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S
Washington DC
141 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mia's is an American Italian restaurant with the huge portions that implies. Everything was tasty and the service was good. We can particularly recommend the meatball appetizer. As stated earlier, it was huge, but more important, it was very good. The wine list is reasonable and they have a good selection. This is a place to go to fill up and leave happy.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We love love love Mia’s! One tip though, don’t book a bar table because this doesn’t always reserve you a table, I think it just let’s them know you’re coming! We literally had to scope out our table and wait for the other people to leave and “grab it” per directions from the host. Other than that we love Mia’s...amazing pasta, great wine and wonderful atmosphere!

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lemon aioli 👌👌👌👩‍🍳🙌🙌🙌🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Waited a long time for our table after making a reservation because it was busy. The food took a long time to get to us; however, our meals were good.

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P
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

This was my first visit to Mia's Italian Kitchen during Alexandria Restaurant Week. They have black ceilings and did not have their beautiful chandeliers turned on so it was rather dark. This was a (dark) warning to me as the evening was disappointing and mediocre. Mia's was NOT prepared for Saturday night dining during restaurant week. The best food of the night was the appetizer which we both had consisting of the stuffed calamari. There was supposed to be fennel, but neither my date nor I could find any fennel in the dish. It was very good and had a little kick to it. My second course was the eggplant. It was burned and the pasta that came with it was severely overcooked. Burned eggplant is not a good taste. I showed the waiter and he took it away and did not charge for the entree which was the right thing to do. The dessert was soggy, tasteless and fake. They called it tiramisu, but there was NO coffee, Kahlua nor Mascarpone Cheese was used, so it was not REAL tiramisu. My date & I both ordered it and were VERY disappointed. My date had the Flat Iron Steak for his entree and he said it was perfectly cooked (medium). Mia's Italian Kitchen has a fabulous location, but they need to work on having better lighting and reworking their recipes. After my experience, I can't recommend.

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B
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Shortly after arrive at the table my pasta formed a mostly solid clump. It was flavorful but not inviting. My husband’s wine was sour - obviously they allow open bottles to sit around. We tried this place soon after it opened and were disappointed but decided to give it a second try. Not again

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LF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The pasta here is fantastic, and I enjoy their food. They were out of the cider they have listed on the menu, and our service was incredibly spotty. It was busy, but we continuously had to call people who were not our waiters to get basic things like water and the check. And it was very very loud. The food was worth it, though.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We selected from the special Restaurant Week menu and it was a great deal

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l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Im we really wanted to like this place- it is a beautiful restaurant, unfortunately the food was mediocre at best. I had the eggplant parm and the waitress assured me it was delicious. She went on to describe how thin the eggplant was cut and layered and then baked. Ok so I ordered it on her recommendation. Unfortunately it was thick chewy layers that I couldn’t eat it. It came with a salad but all I got was a bowl of lettuce. I had to ask for the rest of it! My husband got chicken parm with pasta- not good. Maybe it was an off day but it was disappointing. The waitress felt bad about the eggplant and wanted to call the manager but we were in a rush and told her not to worry about it. We weren’t looking for anything but to let the right people know.

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EJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a great experience at dinner. It was busy so we had to sit at the chef's bar, which turned out to be entertaining. The server was really attentive and thoughtful, the staff was polite, and the food was great too! The only issue was the noise at the chef's bar, so you can't have much conversation, but if you are aware of that, you may enjoy sitting there. I definutely recommend and will go back! The server told us about half-price-wine-Wednesdays ;)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great but pretty loud on the first floor.

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KM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the chicken cacciatore over polenta , and the eggplant parmesan.
Service was thorough & great value as this was restaurant week lunch, but we will return.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

We booked a table for Alexandria Restaurant Week, and Mia's Italian Kitchen advertised lunch specials for Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. However, when we arrived for our noon reservation on Monday, they did not honor these specials. Instead, the waitress sold us on their brunch menu. Part of the value in that, we were told, was that they would portion each dish we chose to accommodate the size of our group. That description was wholly inaccurate.

Our party arrived with the expectations of spending $15 per person for a two-course meal. Instead, we spent upwards of $100 in total (among four people), all for what would have been no more than $65 worth of food at any non-brunch hour of the day.

I will not return to Mia's for as long as I reside and dine in Old Town, and I will encourage friends and family to also stay away. This was a disappointing visit encompassed by deceitful circumstances.

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent house-made pasta. Zucchini fries were delicious. Tried the eggplant parm, too—best I’d ever had. Good wine list as well.

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Disappointed to find out they don't have a Restaurant Week special until dinner (I guess weekend brunch takes precedence), but stayed anyway and had good food. Justified getting several prosecco drinks because each subsequent one brought down the a average cost LOL! For just the two of us, we got a pasta, a pizza and a small plate, and still managed to fit dessert. The cremini mushroom pizza (funghi) was absolutely delicious. The pepperoni strata tasted more like a quiche than a stack of ingredients on focaccia, and the tomato sauce was tasty just very heavy on fresh basil all over. The bucatini cacio e pepe but way heavy on the pepper. A manager came over and tried to take it away when he heard our thoughts on it, but it's not that it was inedible, it was just too strong. Actually kinda went well with the strata sauce but both were still strong in their flavors. I think our conclusion is that the cooking was very much "of this is the feature flavor, more is better!!!!!" Whoch was done for the shroom pizza but less and less so for the other 2 dishes. We finished with the apple donut holes over a thin layer of zabaglione, all-around yummy. P.S. someone should have checked that we had utensils when the served dessert (I mean, they cleared the other Plates etc earlier...). We ended up stealing settings from nearby.

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JF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time, first impression was good. Nothing over the top great, but a very solid offering IMO on flavors. Food came out a little slow overall and it wasn't very busy. I felt like the house wine pour was really stingy for the price, and I honestly was pretty offended at the $9 to add 4 small 41-50 count shrimp to my alfredo dish. I won't make that mistake again. But... I have to remember this is Old Town Alexandria. Every restaurant I've ever been to charges ridiculous prices for mediocre quality/quantity products; across the board. I'm just about to give up on the whole situation and leave it to them to gouge the tourists.

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RU
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My in-laws came into town right as the snow was starting tonight for my birthday brunch party in the morning and we decided to keep it close to home for dinner.

We are so happy Mia’s came into town and are doing so well here in old town! They seem to be overcoming the curse of the corner of King/Union St!

The food is amazing! We started with the Pane Al Formaggio as an appetizer which is a garlic cheese bread loaf! It’s delicious and must get if you go!

My wife and mother in law each got the Nonna’s pizza slice which is a margherita style pizza with red peppers. My father in law got the sausage and peppers pizza and I got the Chicken Parmigiana!

All are delicious! And can’t forget our favorite server, Bill! He’s outstanding and a true professional! Thank you Mia’s and congrats on the successes to date and for the years to come!

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E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had brunch, which was OK, but just barely. The attempts to mix Italian food with traditional brunch dishes (meatball eggs Benedict and breakfast spaghetti) were not successful.

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WB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Overall it was a good experience. We arrived at 7:30 and it was very loud conversations. The lighting was too low to read the menu. The food was good. The service was very good.

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MD
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

After waiting 15 minutes beyond our reservation time, 2 of us were seated at a table for 6 upstairs. We asked why such a large table, and they said they didn’t want to keep us waiting longer. That was nice but odd. Our server was at our table almost immediately explaining the menu and making suggestions. I had the chicken parmigiana my son had the osso buco. The portions were generous in size but pretty pedestrian in flavor. The chicken was over breaded and came with a side of spaghetti with a sweet red sauce. The upstairs dining room was much quieter than the first floor. The decor is unique and interesting. There is a lively bar area on the first floor. I’d go for the location for drinks and an appetizer but there are better Italian restaurants in old town.

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