Mia’s Italian Kitchen recently announced they are now offering a “Bottomless Dining” option to their menu, and we were invited to put it to the test.
If you aren’t familiar with the restaurant, it’s located on I-Drive, just south of ICON Park. Its menu is based on the memory of Alexandria Restaurant Partners’ founding partner Dave Nicholas’s great-grandmother Filomena Galeazzo Masucci, who arrived in the United States in 1904 from Naples, Italy.
The restaurant’s menu is designed to capture the essence of Filomena’s homestyle cooking, communicating love and comfort through a selection of house-made pastas, panini, charcuterie and Neapolitan-style pizza, based on her old-world recipes.
The “Bottomless Dining” option at Mia’s Italian Kitchen allows guests to taste as many of these authentic, scratch-made dishes as they want, all made fresh every day.
The Bottomless dishes ordered are served tapas-style so everyone at the table can dig in.
My guest and I started with three items from the “Starters” section of the menu:
Living up to its name, the Giant Meatball was a 12oz. house-made all beef meatball, in a bed of marinara, with fresh mozzarella and grilled rustic bread. Unlike others I’ve tried, this meatball was all meat, no filler. It was good on its own but I included some of the meatball with bites of the gnocchi and it was soooo good! This one is definitely for sharing.
Gnocchi al Quattro Formaggi, a dish featuring the potato dumplings covered in a creamy sauce of gorgonzola, fontina, taleggio, and pecorino romano. The gnocchi was soft and fluffy, and the sauce featured so much cheesy-goodness. Definitely one of our favorite dishes of the night.
Our final starter was the server-recommended Zucchini Fries. Slices of the vegetable are parmesan battered and fried, and served with a charred lemon aioli. I have to be honest I wasn’t quite the fan of zucchini my guest was, but I actually liked Mia’s dish. The tangy aioli added a nice contrast to the fried zucchini.
Next I tried a slice of Mia’s (or should I say Filomena’s) brick-oven pizza. A fan of spicy sweet combos, I went with the Spicy Salami slice, which also features hand crushed san marzano tomatoes, fennel, mozzarella, calabrese chilis, and hot honey. This slice hit the spot of mildly spicy with a slightly sweet finish. Yum!
Next was the pasta round. First up was the Bucatini Cacio E Pepe, featuring pasta coated in a creamed pecorino romano, black pepper, and sea salt. The flavor was delicious, but unfortunately the noodles came out slightly undercooked. A small disappointment, but a meal can’t always be perfect.
The other dish, Rigatoni Alla Bolognese, featured a slow braised beef bolognese sauce that was so rich in flavor, I ate a few spoonfuls without the pasta (which was done correctly). So delicious!
From the Specialties section of the menu we opted for two more dishes. Braciole Di Manzo arrived first. The stuffed and braised flank steak was served on a bed of creamy parmesan polenta, with tomato gravy and sautéed broccolini. It was our second favorite dish of the night.
Then came the Sunday Gravy, a dish I’ve heard high praise for. This name is derived from the Italian tradition of having a large family dinner on Sunday, and Mia’s version is very traditional. It features rigatoni, meatballs, bracciole, sweet italian sausage, chicken thighs, and grana padano in a slow simmered tomato gravy. If you are a carnivore, you’ll love this dish. I think I was a little too full by this point to appreciate all the meat, but the gravy had a delicious slow simmered flavor.
We were about to call it quits, when our server asked if we wanted dessert. Yes…dessert is also included in the “Bottomless Dining.”
Never one to turn down a good Italian dessert we went with two classics: Tiramisu and Cannoli. The Tiramisu was a fluffy slice of mocha and marscapone heaven. The Cannoli was huge and featured a flaky cylinder surrounding a sweet amaretto-candied orange peel-ricotta filling peppered with chocolate chips.
We agreed we’d go back to Mia’s just for these desserts.
Hard to believe, but we ate all that food and barely made a dent in the offerings on the menu.
Bottom line, the food at Mia’s Italian Kitchen is delicious, and the addition of the “Bottomless Dining” option is a great addition, and a great deal.
Cost for “Bottomless Dining” on the All-Day menu, is $34 per person for adults, and $17 for kids. You can also opt for “Bottomless Dining” on the Brunch menu for $26 per adult, and $13 per kid. Those 21 and over can add a Bottomless Mimosa Bar to brunch for $15.
Mia’s Italian Kitchen is a wonderful addition to the Orlando dining scene, and I look forward to returning to conquer more of the menu.
For more information on Mia’s Italian Kitchen, visit miasitalian.com.
Disclaimer: We were invited to sample the Bottomless Dining option for purposes of this review. As always, our opinions are honest, and our own.
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