Perhaps those of us living in leafy Mt. Baker should be happy we have a neighborhood restaurant and shut up. But just because we're a captive audience doesn't mean the service can suck day in and day out. Sure, I know there must be issues since the breakup of the team that brought us such neighborhood culinary razzle-dazzle as...Coastal Kitchen (?). The thing is, the service at Mioposto has always sucked. The folks are nice and all, but they screw up orders, take forever, and generally don't seem to know what they're doing. Maybe they're over-worked. Whatever the source--staff or management or both--the problems are persistent.
The concept is a good one. Take a too-small space, get rid of the kitchen, and do all the cooking in a big ol' wood-fired oven. So far so good. The pizzas are acceptable. Not great, kinda small, kinda bland, but quasi-Neapolitan, which is a plus. The wine is warm but at least the beer is cold.
Now add a big dose of terrible service. It seems like every time I venture there something goes seriously awry--and often the mistakes are couched with a smirk of attitude. A couple weeks ago it was the egg sandwich; despite being empty they still forgot to make my order, a not unusual occurrence. Most recently was last night's attempt at dinner. My daughter insisted on Mioposto for her 5th birthday. How about Flying Squirrel? we asked. Nope. Tutta Bella? Nope. She wanted to walk to the neighborhood joint. Fair enough. They took our number, said they'd call when a table opened. We went across the street to the park. Half an hour later, no call. We go back over. The woman at the register looks at us like we're insane. Did we really think she had time to call us?
That's it. My wife and I have given this place so many passes over the years. We've sat countless times at dirty tables waiting for a simple zamboni, then waited more for a glass of water, never mind trying to place an order--only to have it forgotten. We're easy to please, too. All we want to do is relax at the one place within walking distance. It's not worth it. We drove over to the Squirrel and had excellent pizza and much better service.
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I was just on the Chowfoods site and I noticed half the restaurants seem to be gone, including Mioposto, Atlast Foods and Coastal Kitchen. I always visit these places when I'm back home (I live in Philadelphia now), particularly the 5-Spot. From the sound of things, the partners went their separate ways. Any story on what happened? Despite your story above, which I don't doubt, I always had pretty good experiences at all Chow restaurants. In fact, I'm glad the 5-spot is still around because if it closed, I'd have to find somewhere else to go straight from the airport.