The Frothling was staying with her Aunt Friday night, and so Mrs. Froth and I went to Mia Madre's, a little Italian restaurant just up the road from us in Avalon. Its been there a number of years, and we've been meaning to go, however a $50.00 gift certificate sealed the deal.
We made reservations for six PM, and it was good thing we did because the little place was packed! We were seated at a hightop table in the bar area, which was slightly annoying, because I don't like sitting near the bar (too much waitstaff traffic) but given the size of the place, what other options were there?
Our server bartender, Alex, is the son of the owners. Friendly and funny, he was able to attend to us despite the demands of tending bar and handling the service bar as well.
Mrs. Froth and I split the calamari appetizer. This was thankfully a sauteed calamari, rather than breaded and fried, and served in tomato sauce with peppers and onions. There was a lot of it as well, the dish could easily be dinner for one.
We each had the Caesar salad, which was standard, but not drenched in dressing, a welcome change. Homemade breadsticks with a white bean dip followed. The dip reminded me of foule, but made with white beans (obviously) instead of favas.
For the entree, I had linguini and clams in a white sauce, while Mrs. Froth had the Mediteranean Pasta. Both were outstanding! There was a huge amount of food, and we both wound up taking about half home for lunch Saturday.
I generally don't do dessert, but Mrs. Froth had the cannoli. The shell was the "normal" size, but the filling overflowed the ends, it was drizzled in chocolate sauce, and studded with mini chocolate morsels. Mrs. Froth was most pleased.
All this, including 2 glasses of wine for just $70.00! We'll be back!
Some notes, this is a CASH ONLY business. There is an ATM on site. The website can be a bit confusing, as it implies that the venue is BYOB, but that's not true. They have a full service bar (no beer) and a small wine list. You can bring your own bottle though, but only wine, for a corkage of $3.50 per person.