Chris Barge is an enormous fan of Frank Sinatra’s music “My Approach,” and that’s how he needed to do issues along with his new restaurant enterprise on Major Avenue in Luzerne – his means. He named the restaurant that he opened along with his girlfriend, Kristy Burginia, Mia Through. In Italian, La Mia Through means “My Approach.” Between his love for the music and a novel spin on many conventional Italian dishes, Mia Through is the right title for this new space eatery.
Chris credit a powerful help system of household and mates for serving to to make Mia Through Restaurant & Bar an enormous success. This consists of his brother Anthony, a proficient govt chef. The pair labored collectively on one other restaurant enterprise within the Virginia Seaside space earlier than shifting again house in November 2019. Fortunate for us, each Anthony and Chris are sharing their ardour for contemporary, scrumptious Italian meals.
Chris stated they moved again with the intention of opening a restaurant. COVID hit and briefly derailed their plans. They each labored different jobs after which ultimately the chance in Luzerne arose. It was the suitable place on the proper time. Chris, Kristy, and Anthony are surrounded by many members of the family and mates who’re serving to as properly. This consists of Chris and Anthony’s grandma who makes selfmade desserts and helps out onsite just a few days per week. Each Kristy’s dad and mom and Chris and Anthony’s dad and mom assist out as wanted, together with many others.
I’ve visited twice since Mia Through opened in early Could. The primary time was on a weeknight through the opening weeks. Though they have been nonetheless making an attempt to carry their staffing ranges as much as the place they wanted to be, we loved a scrumptious meal, and the service was effective.
My second go to was this previous weekend with a gaggle of mates. What a distinction just a few months makes. The restaurant and bar have been packed, and it was apparent everybody was having a good time. You may inform that lots of the visitors have been repeat prospects by the best way they have been greeted by the employees. It’s undoubtedly a gathering place for household and mates.
The menu is giant and various. Chris defined that core favorites will keep whereas different objects will rotate seasonally. In my visits, I’ve tried Nonna’s Meatballs and Bang Bang Shrimp and each starters have been wonderful. Others I used to be with had the calamari and likewise the Crab Chesapeake. The crab dish was actually distinctive, that includes lump crab, colossal shrimp, diced pancetta, and shiitake mushrooms completed in a Sherry butter sauce and served over a puff pastry. Chris stated this was their tackle a dish they loved whereas in Virginia Seaside.
Between each visits and tasting the meals that mates have been having fun with, I acquired to pattern many alternative objects. My favorites have been the Rigatoni Rocco with home spice vodka, Murazzi scorching sausage, and diced pancetta, and the Eggplant Parm, a 5-layer eggplant stack that was mild, but filled with taste.
The pork chop that got here topped with sauteed scorching and candy peppers, in addition to shaved sharp provolone was additionally scrumptious, and my buddy liked her seafood-filled Pescatore. One other buddy stated she loved the distinctive twist on lasagna, which featured six layers of meat sauce, a parmesan cream sauce, and a cheese mix, however no ricotta. A salmon particular was one other group favourite.
Though we have been all stuffed, we tried a chew of conventional cannoli, in addition to pumpkin cannoli and each have been scrumptious. The restaurant additionally includes a full bar with distinctive seasonal cocktails, an intensive beer record, and a well-thought-out wine record to pair together with your meal.
Each the meatballs and the lasagna are household recipes. Chris advised me that when creating the menu, additionally they targeted on that includes contemporary seafood in recipes that had been common throughout their time in Virginia Seaside. On the menu at Mia Through, you will see that Seafood Sambuca, Fra Diavolo, Shrimp & Grits, and others. Additionally, you will discover steaks, a luscious Italian herb-rubbed roasted half rooster, pan seared tuna, in addition to burgers. A brand new fall menu will embody a traditional and comforting Sunday sauce and pasta with braised meat. I can’t wait.
Mia Through additionally has house to accommodate events as much as 100 relying on the format. Chris stated they deliberate on increasing their hours to open on Sundays, however staffing stays a problem, so for now, they may persist with their 4 days per week schedule. They’re open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Mia Through has an informal, family-friendly really feel and includes a menu of Italian-inspired delicacies. Give it a attempt, I feel you’ll prefer it.
Ruth Corcoran is knowledgeable marketer, former restaurant proprietor, and group advocate. She resides in Bear Creek. Readers can attain Ruth by emailing [email protected]