By Jeff Toquinto on December 02, 2013
After much anticipation, Bridgeport’s newest restaurant will officially open its doors this coming weekend. On Saturday, Mia Margherita – the area’s only coal fired pizzeria – will begin welcoming customers at 11 a.m. at its Charles Pointe location.
The restaurant has been in the construction phase for months and has many locals talking about its opening. Now, the single unit eatery will be serving many authentic Italian/American foods; many of which will be done in a coal fired oven –including the signature pizzas.
“We’re really excited that it’s about time to open the doors,” said Mia Managing Director Scott Duarte. “Those coming here can expect something that’s going to be a little unique to the area. That expectation includes food, an excellent dining experience, quality good and an inviting atmosphere.”
The new restaurant will feature a full menu, as well as a fully stocked bar that seats 40. The bar will have an extensive win list, specialty drinks and beers, including bottled beer and draft beer. The bar will feature the Italian beer Moretti on tap.
“Those wanting to eat at the bar can do so,” said Duarte. “There will also be a couple of televisions for those who would like to watching sporting events or other programming.”
As for the restaurant itself, it can seat roughly 100 customers on the inside. Once spring arrives, an outdoor patio will comfortable seat an additional 35 people.
“The idea for this was born out of creating a unique, authentic pizzeria and reintroducing a way it first became pizza in the United States,” said Duarte. “In the early 1900s, this is how pizza was made. We discovered this by tracing back the roots and saw it was all down with coal-fired ovens and thought it would make great sense for this area.”
The name “Mia Margherita” comes from the origin of the original pizza. You can read about that by clicking HERE.
“There’s going to be a lot of Italian comfort foods including a lot of items many of us grew up on … The menu is catered around items our ancestors made due with items they could get locally or out of their own garden,” Duarte said. “They would make best with what they had and make incredible dishes. That’s what we’re looking to replicate.”
Mia will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For those unfamiliar with the area, it is located off of Interstate 79’s exit 124 at Charles Pointe. The restaurant is situated at the end cap of the Commons building, which is the same building that hosts the recently opened Fire House Subs.
For those looking to for takeout, there are dedicated parking spaces at the site. To place an order, call 304-808-6400. You can also visit their Web site by clicking HERE.