Osteria Mia will be a full-service Italian-inspired restaurant and wine bar. Their motto is, “Old country meets new school Italian.” The menu will feature a mixture of classic Italian dishes incorporating local flavor and modern dishes utilizing ingredients classically found in Italian cuisine. Expect numerous small plates as well as a build-your-own charcuterie and bruschetta board where guests can pick which cheese, meat and bruschetta they would like. There will also be a rotating menu of hand-made pasta and select dried pasta. To accommodate all tastes and diets, there will be plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options as well. Osteria Mia has an imported Italian wood fired pizza oven and will showcase Neapolitan style pizza utilizing their house made mozzarella, pizza dough and tomato sauce. Osteria Mia will offer daily entrée specials such as whole roasted fish, duroc pork chops, wood fired whole chicken and wine braised short ribs.
The bar at Osteria Mia will feature an extensive Italian wine selection as well as local Arizona wines and a few other varietals from around the world including a great selection of craft beer and specialty cocktails. Plan to enjoy an extensive wine by the glass list, which will also offer half-priced glasses of wine during happy hour. There will be wine flights available, where you can sample three different types of wine.
The building itself will have an inside and outside bar with roll-up garage doors. The westward facing side of the building will have a retractable glass wall that will completely open up to the patio, which will wrap around both sides of the building. The décor will keep with the theme of old-meets-new. This will not look like your typical Italian restaurant. Think of old school damask wall paper with spray painted Banksy-style graffiti. Reclaimed wood blending into modern subway tile. Unique light fixtures and modern art.
Osteria Mia will be owned and operated by Mario and Kayla Rana, who most recently helped their family open all four locations of State 48 Brewery. This local power couple has been operating restaurants in Arizona for the past 12 years. Mario is a classically trained chef, specializing in Italian cuisine. He grew up in family owned Italian restaurants and even worked in Chicago as a chef in two of the best steakhouses in the city. His family immigrated from Southern Italy in the 1950’s and has owned Italian restaurants and pizzerias in NYC ever since. His grandparents moved to Arizona in the 80’s to open Angelo’s Italian Ice and Gelato, which is still going strong. His family moved out here in the late 90’s to open restaurants. Kayla brings the front of house expertise and wine knowledge. She has worked every position in restaurants for the past 18 years. Mario will be heading the kitchen and Kayla will be operating the front of house, so please say hello when they open, which should be late 2019.