“Owner Mia Ballinger will likely be the one greeting you at the door at this seven-year-old, yellow-painted pie shop. The stacks of white and red oak outside are a harbinger of what’s to come—terrific wood-oven pizzas with bubbling edges and Neapolitan-inspired crusts that aren’t so thin that they disintegrate under their toppings. There’s a lovely Margherita, but the Salsiccia—with its fiery mix of pepperoni, sausage, pepper flakes, and mozzarella—might just be our favorite.”  Washingtonian Magazine Cheap Eats 2014

“Mia’s Pizzas (4926 Cordell Ave.) is bringing back its popular “Puppies on the Patio” event on Sept. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m…” – August 29, 2012

Readers’ Choice Winners 2012- 2nd place
BethesdaPatchAugust 24, 2012

“Now, Mia’s on the Move is taking their place, as the pizza kitchen has already rolled into the Pike Central Farm Market in Rockville, and in the next couple of weeks, will start firing up pies at the Bethesda market. Ballinger said she plans to buy ingredients from farmers at the markets to assemble her pies—for example, she’s already used potatoes and eggs for a breakfast pizza.”
– May 30, 2012

“Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic partnered with Allison and Mia’s Pizzas in Bethesda, Md. to grant Alicia her wish.  The afternoon activities included a group discussion of Jennifer Allison’s second novel, Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake, a pizza lunch and a special mystery-writing workshop.”
Bethesda – March-April, 2012

“With its pleasant yellow-and-green color scheme and outdoor seating, Mia’s is perhaps one of the most cheerful pizza parlors in the area, and it’s quite popular with Bethesda families. Go for the generous antipasto platter and salads, the salsiccia pizza for its mix of sausage, pepperoni and portobello, and a mini Mia’s pizza for your little one.”
Washington Post: Going Out Guide – December 9, 2011

“Eating a Mia’s was a lot like eating at a good friend’s house (except that you don’t have to be polite and do the dishes.) The food is comfortable, made with fresh local ingredients and clearly a lot of love.” – August 24, 2011

“On a balmy summer evening, there’s no nicer place for people (and pet) watching than on the patio…”
Gazette.Net – August 17, 2011

“Melissa Ballinger’s pizzeria pleases almost everyone. The soft-yellow dining room is casual enough for a family dinner, but sophisticated enough for a first date.” – August 15, 2011

“There is nothing bad I can say about Mia’s pizza at this point. It’s what I strive my own homemade pizza to be exactly like. I only wish I had my own wood burning oven in the backyard…” – July 15, 2011

“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.”
Washingtonian – June 01, 2007

“Although the generously portioned personal pizza is Mia’s trademark, other menu selections include deviled eggs as an appetizer, and macaroni and cheese prepared with Gruyere cheese as a side. The woodfire-baked, thin-crust pizza selections range from the traditional Margherita, served with freshly chopped fresh basil, to the Il Forno, with creamed spinach, garlic, and mozzarella, a name derived from the former popular pizza joint that used to mark the same location.”

“The crust is thin, with a fine yeasty flavor, and a top and bottom that show signs of having been gently licked by flames.”
Washington Post – December 17, 2006

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