I was really hoping to like Mione’s on my first visit, but that didn’t happen. I was also hoping to write about another great pizza joint at the Eastern Shore, but that didn’t happen either.
I love Ocean City and there’s good pizza to be had, like I mentioned in a previous post. But this was not it.
I’m all for trying something new, and going to places that may not be the most prominent of names is a part of that.
I hadn’t heard of Mione’s until driving through the resort town last year, and I had a couple of slices that day. I recall they weren’t that memorable. This go around took place on a busy weekend in July, and this visit was much worse.
I don’t know how else to put it. The pizza and service left so much to be desired. I understand during the Summertime that slices and certain preferences can be unavailable at any time. However, during my visit, no standard slices were available. There was no cheese, nor pepperoni, nor white. The wait time on the former to come out, I was told, was nearly 30 minutes. Not many people trying to get a slice, or most foods to go, would be willing to wait even half that time.
My negativity is not necessarily based on the lack of slices, but on what was available.
Thankfully, the chicken and vegetable pesto, white pizza was available. And a white veggie which included eggplant was also one of the few slices ready to be heated and eaten within minutes. Now I understand why.
Both slices were disappointing. The dough and crust didn’t taste right. It was crisp but not in a good way Pieces of crust were falling off and tasting like it was burnt toast. Good pizza is good pizza, and it can withstand being heated and then reheated many times over. I imagine the reheating process made both of these worse over time.
The chicken didn’t taste fresh and neither did the vegetables that came with it. The roasted red peppers didn’t have much flavor. The silver lining was the pesto. Pesto is always good and even this wasn’t the best tasting pesto.
The vegetable slice was much worse I’m glad I was forced to try a new slice with the eggplant but the results were abysmal. The eggplant, red peppers, and I think those were mushrooms, did not make a good melange of anything.
Needless to say, I barely ate a third of either slice. I don’t like wasting food but I didn’t feel good eating this and saw no point in forcing the issue.
Despite my harshness, I will be willing to try some other slices. There is much on the menu to choose from, in term of pizza, so next time I’m back, I’ll give ’em another shot. And the fact that the staff was so friendly albeit stressed and seemed rush plays a factor in why I will go back, and also why the pizza was disappointing based upon this visit.
The pizza this time around wasn’t good, but they all can’t be winners.
Thanks so much.