In a world of food made to be Instagrammed, Mia Bella is an old-school hold out in Little Italy. It’s not that the food isn’t worthy of the post. The spicy cheese tortellini ($21.95) is gorgeous, piled up in a luxuriously rich sauce and adorned with green peas and fresh herbs. You are simply not allowed.
Just ask my wife, who was eviscerated by owner Emigert Memeti for taking a Snapchat video of the dining room. Something about a hypothetical customer being there with a mistress. After cooling off with a hot plate of eggplant parmesan ($10.95), perhaps Mia Bella's most beloved dish with the thinly sliced veggie topped with ricotta and served in marinara, we laughed about how her grandfather would've reacted similarly to phones at the dinner table.
Just like at grandpa’s, we’re happy to put our phones down and soak up the charm found along Mayfield Road. mblittleitaly.com