The menu at Mia’s was a collaboration between Corporate Executive Chef Graham Duncan and Partner Dave Nicholas to capture the essence of his great-grandmother’s rustic Italian cooking. Originally from Naples, Italy, she used easy, simple, raw ingredients – an approach that Mia’s embraces in our menu, which includes house-made pasta, Italian sandwiches, charcuterie, and square pizzas (also available by the slice).
Mia’s Italian Kitchen is rooted in family. The inspiration came Dave’s unique relationship with his great-grandmother – she didn’t speak a word of English, so they communicated through food. Arriving in the U.S. via boat in 1904 at the age of 20, Filomena Galeazzo Masucci settled in Rochester with her husband and had 7 children. One of her boys, ’Uncle Pete,’ went on to buy a 75-acre farm on the hills above Canandaigua Lake in the late 1940’s. Filomena moved with Pete & his wife into their 105-year old farmhouse, and so begins the story of Dave’s experience with Italian farm-to-table home cooking.
The building that presently sits at 100 King Street began its life as the Corn Exchange building in 1871. The first floor of the building was occupied by Noble Lindsey’s grocery store, and the Corn Exchange occupied the second floor. (T. Michael Miller, “Wandering Along the Waterfront: King to Prince Street” in The Fireside Sentinel, August 1991, vol. V, No.8) The Corn Exchange itself did not last long, but Lindsey’s grocery business fared much better. By 1922 the Alexandria Gazette had the following to say about what had become the Lindsey-Nicholson Corporation: “No firm has been more responsible for the development of Alexandria commercially…”
According to Sanborn maps, the building was occupied by the Virginia Public Service Company throughout the 1930s and into the 40s, and by 1959 it was occupied by the Federal Government. As with most of the Alexandria Waterfront district, 100 King St. sits on land that was created over time by filling in land and by the building of wharves to accommodate the city’s once-thriving shipping industry.