by Darlene J. Swiger STAFF WRITER
Monday, July 13, 2015 12:38 pm
The Bridgeport News
There is a new upscale deli in Bridgeport that offers premium meats and cheeses, craft beer, wine, pizza by the slice, made-to-order gourmet sandwiches and salads.
Mia Market wine shop, deli and cafe has opened next to Mia Margherita Coal Fired Pizzeria at 139 Conference Way, Charles Pointe.
Scott Duarte, operator of the deli as well as the restaurant, said he wanted to offer Italian specialty items in a casual environment.
"It was just natural to roll into this from the restaurant. We have a lot of products from our dishes at the restaurant and can offer them retail, Duarte said. "I believe the area is ready for an upscale deli."
It features Boar's Head high-quality, gluten-free, imported meats and cheeses.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday marked the official opening of the deli. Harrison County Chamber of Commerce representatives, Bridgeport city officials and Dot Underwood from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office were on hand to celebrate the occasion.
Kathy Wagner, president of the Chamber, offered congratulations to those affiliated with the new market. Underwood read a statement from the governor's office expressing appreciation and well wishes to management for investing in economic development in Harrison County.
Samples of gourmet sandwiches, meats, cheeses and tomato salad with Italian bread were offered to the public after the official opening.
Joe Vessecchia, general manager, said the deli offers about 30 varieties of wine, including boutique specialty wines.
"The kinds of wine we offer will grow with demand. We have craft beers where customers can build their own 4-6 packs, a lot of Italian products and gift baskets," Vessecchia said. "We will be catering, have meat and cheese trays and make specialty gift baskets."
People can build their own gift basket or staff can prepare a picnic basket, with meats and cheese, sandwiches and a favorite wine or beer if customers call ahead.
There are four varieties of coffee and expresso, with tables for a sit-down meal as well.
Another extension of Mia Margherita is the fact that restaurant take-out orders can now be picked up more conveniently at the counter of the deli.
All food-to-go orders for both establishments will now be handled at the Mia Market.
"Our wine selection is outstanding, and we have one of the largest varieties of craft beer in the area," Hank Souder, assistant general manager, explained. "We have three different beer vendors with beers from all over the tri-state area. It is unique to offer the mix-and-match."
Tim Goots serves as executive chef at the restaurant and deli. There are five full-time employees.
"We put a lot of time into our beer selections," Duarte said. "We will work with customers on what they want and continue to offer the great favorites. I believe the mix-and-match to-go is a great idea for craft beers.
Management also is looking at wine tastings and other services for its customers in the near future.
Mia Market is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (304) 808-6400.
Staff writer Darlene J. Swiger can be reached at (304) 626-1403 or email@example.com