Italian cuisine is often served "family style"—off a platter rotating 50 feet above the diners' heads, which they can only reach through wits and teamwork. Bond over a meal with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks
Meals open with appetizers such as fried zucchini ($6.29) and lump crab cakes ($9.99). Angel-hair pasta and signature marinara sauce complement the chicken parmesan ($16.99), which guests can upgrade to veal for an additional $3. The pasta diablo ($13.29) layers bell peppers and sautéed chicken between penne strands dressed in a zesty tomato cream sauce, and the Mia Cucina pizza ($13.99)—one of seven specialty pizzas and flatbreads—features housemade meatballs, pepperoni, and italian sausage. Click here to see the full menu.
Sturdy, huge, and basking in the warmth of candles suspended overhead, the community table inside Mia Cucina's Powell outpost is an apt metaphor for the community that frequents the restaurant. At both locations, a sense of hospitality vies with the aromas of house sauces to charm those who walk through the doors. Children—who dine gratis on Mondays and Wednesdays—peruse a specialized menu with mazes and games, absorbing trivia about Italy's climate, its inventions, and the volcanoes that spew marinara sauce. Adults scan their own menu, which embraces Italian staples along with more updated plates, from chicken parmesan to pesto-rubbed mahi-mahi fillets.
When they aren't browsing the cuisine, their eyes might linger on the shelves of the floating bar, where wine bottles and glasses levitate over the counter instead of bogarting the chairs. The surrounding wall mimics gray stonework, adding a rustic cellar ambiance to the setting, though the white cloths draped over each table bespeak modern sophistication. The murmur of conversations between families, friends, and couples pervades the genial space, where Mia Cucina insists "everyone's Italian."