Posted by eemilla on April 30, 2009
Our first experience at Nona Mia was so quaint; they hadn’t been open too long, and their tables were an eclectic collection of old office and patio furniture. We had a few different servers, including a kid who asked if everything was okay. The food was good, filling, and (best of all) cheap. However, their hours fit their schedule. The next time we attempted to visit, they were not offering any weekend hours.
After a grueling day of traveling the interstate highway system, we headed straight for a late lunch at Nona Mia’s. Even though it was a weird time of day, around 2:30 pm, there were three or four other tables and a fairly steady stream of to-go and dine customers continued throughout our meal. Our service was handled by three (mostly two) servers, and it was attentive without being overbearing. We had a Caesar salad (including an anchovy) and bruschetta for appetizers; the salad was dressed well, and the dressing is delicious. I would prefer smaller croutons, but they were in proper portion to the greens. I chickened out and gave my anchovy to my honey; he reported it was a good quality specimen. My entree, the Farmhouse pizza, was ordered with dinner in mind, and my husband ordered the meatball sandwich in order to compare it to Frank’s NY Deli. The pizza is well topped, and oh the focaccia crust is so good. Unlike one of the major pizza chains, it is tasty without being grease soaked. I was able to get two lunches and dinner out of the pie (I shared two slices with my husband and two of the meals were supplemented with good sized salads). The meatball sandwich was serviced on normal sized sandwich bread with a side of pasta salad. According to my honey, the meatballs were not overworked and fell apart in his mouth. Like everything we have tried, no single ingredient overpowered the rest. I tried the pasta salad which had firm lentils, mini-shells, tomatoes, and a balsamic vinaigrette, and it was good enough for it to be an appetizer not just a side. By the way, his comparison to Frank’s ended up with neither sandwich winning outright. Both have good taste, price ($7.95), and sides; Nona Mia wins on the delectability of the meatballs and the balance between the other ingredients. Frank’s wins with size and cheesy, tomato-y comfort food goodness. I enjoyed a glass of the house prosecco (I believe it is Lunetta, although my memory does fail frequently). It wasn’t overly dry, and I thought the stemless flute glass was a generous portion (although looking at the cost per bottle of about $10 compared to the $6.50 I paid for the glass it should be a heavy pour).
On our way out we noticed that Saturday dinner service is back, but please don’t except to show up and sit down. Nona Mia has a following without much square feet, although they have added a few tables to their front sidewalk.