For those looking for a different kind of dining experience, Mia Cucina’s three locations in Taipei offers a variety of flavorful vegetarian meals to fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.
While it bills itself as an Italian restaurant, the menu exudes more of an innovative American flavor with Italian characteristics. The salads alone are more indicative of trendy West Coast American cuisine than to Italian traditions–and the salads themselves are more than enough for a meal for one person, which gives diners more reason to share. There is also a selection of waffles, desserts, and brunch foods that are definitely not Italian. Brunch sets are only served on weekends from 9:00-17:00 and cost NT$250-290, including coffee or tea.
For lighter shared meals, the large salads pair well with the flatbread pizzas. Those salads aren’t just some simple lettuce with other chopped vegetables–Mia Cucina throws in just about every vegetarian item possible, including beans, apples, cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and an array of dressings.
The paninis, particularly those loaded with cheese, make for a more filling lunch–you can try The Cowboy with peppers, onions, smoked beans, corn, pepper jack cheese and BBQ sauce. There’s even a selection of pasta, with flavors that are much more Italian than most of the pasta restaurants around Taipei, as well as risotto for those looking for the Italian side of the menu.
Mia Cucina also has a limited availability menu section, with only 10 of each dish available each day (though some days the items aren’t available at all). Among these limited items are cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes (a very sweet side dish), roast tomato brie dip, and jalapeno rockets (a mix of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors).
Some menu items may not be available on certain days–as Mia Cucina emphasizes fresh seasonal ingredients, some dishes are unavailable due to ingredient restrictions. The menu is also subject to change with some items being removed or added; your server will inform you if some dishes are unavailable or whether there are specials. While the entire menu is vegetarian, not all dishes are vegan; however, diners can request vegan options when ordering.
The restaurant also serves smoothies, milkshakes, and fresh juices along with a variety of organic herbal teas.
Reservations are recommended, but not always necessary. The Tianmu and Xinyi locations are usually more crowded than the Neihu restaurant, especially on weekends. A 10% service fee is added to all bills. Payment is made when ordering. Average cost per person is NT$400.
Tianmu, near Zhishan MRT Station, No. 48 Dexing West Rd.; (02)8866-2658 (map)
Fuxing, near Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station, No. 11, Lane 107, Section 1, Fuxing South Rd.; (02)2752-8767 (map)
Neihu, near Xihu MRT Station, No. 601 Ruiguang Rd.; (02)2659-3918 (map)