For another year in a row, Casa Mia proved its authentic Italian food is the best in the Tri-Cities.
Voters again endorsed the delectable pasta dishes and handcrafted pizzas made popular by the Casa Mia name.
Both the Kennewick and Richland eateries continue to see a loyal group of customers coming back for its spicy chicken Caeser salad and family-friendly environment, said Raymond Maldonado, Kennewick store manager.
“We try to make it as unique as possible, and everybody is into customer service,” he said.
The restaurants changed their menu a little a few years ago, and the response from customers has been positive, he said. Some favorites include the squash ravioli and tortellini.
“We can’t sell enough of the chicken Caesar salads. People love those,” Maldonado said.
And, of course, people also can’t get enough of the pizza, which is a Casa Mia staple. It’s hand-tossed, with fresh dough and baked on a brick hearth.
“It’s amazing,” Maldonado said.
He said the local restaurants take pride in showcasing recipes from founder Phil Bellofatto, who grew up in an apartment above an Italian restaurant in New York.
The chain, which has seven restaurants in the state, started in 1952 in Hoquiam and came to the Tri-Cities in 1993.
The Kennewick restaurant may soon think about remodeling its patio, similar to the patio at the Richland restaurant, Maldonado said.
“Everything has been a really big success,” he said.