4926 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Mia’s in Bethesda might be trying to clone the popular 2 Amys – and in many ways they succeed. Specializing in fresh ingredients, the pizza is baked in a wood burning oven and has rightfully earned its place as one of the best in the Washington, DC area. The restaurant has a nice country atmosphere along with a spacious outdoor space. Like many pizza restaurants, it is great for kids and unlike 2 Amys, Mia’s is not overly loud.
The ten inch margherita pie ($12.95) has dollops of delicious mozzarella di bufala placed around the pie. Again, like 2Amys, the cheese is quick to slide off the bread, which forced us to bite carefully. The crust is quite thin along the bottom, becoming thicker and a little too doughy around the lip. The sauce is strong and tangy rather than sweet and there was a good sauce-to-cheese ratio. The margherita pizza is for basil lovers, which sometimes overpowered the rest of the pie. If you want to be more adventurous, Mia’s salsiccia pie is their most popular and includes sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms.
Mia’s is quiet at lunch and worth a short drive if you live near Bethesda. Park in the indoor garage just before the restaurant.