Best Inexpensive Italian Restaurant - 2007
Readers' Choice: Olive Garden
Despite changing hands a couple of times over two decades, Pizza Mia has been serving the same menu in its cramped, narrow space essentially a walk-in closet lined with tables and bad murals of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Coliseum. Nothing except an extra-large pie will cost you much over $10, and whatever you fancy will be served with a fresh, salty tossed salad with green olives and a basket of puffy rolls floating in garlic butter. But get there at lunchtime or before 9 p.m. if you want to dine in and enjoy your lasagna the way God intended it to be eaten: at a little table draped with a red-and-white-checked oil cloth. At these prices, the tasty and generous baked dishes (all $6.88 at lunch, $12.88 at dinner) are one of the few bargains in a town that's rapidly pricing us out. That means the chicken or eggplant parm, ravioli, and ziti with just the right balance of sour and spice in the tomato sauce and the right proportion of cheese to noodle will fill you up and out and keep your piggy bank full too.