Mia’s Pizzas, Bethesda, MD

I’m always happy to go back to Mia’s Pizzas which gets my vote as “best pizza in Bethesda.” The wood-burning oven lends a fireplace-like ambience to this relatively small restaurant which had a good crowd at 6:30 on a Sunday evening.

My young dining companion ordered a house-made Sparkling Lemonade ($2.50) while I went something a bit bigger and stronger, an unusually carbonated Duvel Belgian Golden Ale ($12 for a 25.4 ounce bottle). This ferments in bottle, and may have gone a bit overboard with throwing off the CO2; I didn’t quite finish it all.

Both pizzas were good, with the hot-burning oven adding a fine char on the bottom of both pies. A Salsiccia ($12.95) was quite spicy this time around, more so than usual, with its irresistibly American combination of tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, portobello mushrooms, oregano, spicy sprinkles (there’s the culprit!), Parmesan, and mozzarella.

Meatball Pie ($12.95) was the consensus favorite, the key being the rich meat tomato sauce (which covered the pie, ensuring some meat in most all bites but the periphery), small but tasty meatballs, tomato sauce, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

A good showing for Mia’s, which has been consistent of late. The crust is still a touch too dense for its own good, but not overly so.

Incidentally, I’m flattered to be quoted on Mia’s home page, even though I don’t think I ever wrote the thing!

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