Dom & Mia’s Set to ‘Dominate’ Delco Culinary Scene – Delco Times
SPRINGFIELD — Dom & Mia’s, a new upscale casual restaurant at 145 Saxer Ave., announced it will open its doors to the public on Friday, April 29. As the newest restaurant on the culinary scene in Delaware County, Dom & Mia’s, a hometown meeting place for family and friends over classic cocktails and modern dishes, will offer lunch and dinner, cooked to order, in a atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.
Owners Steve DeVito with wife Jenna DeMaio Devito and business partner Matt White plan to open the restaurant with his very special name, spotlighting two of the DeVitos’ children – Domenico James (Dom) and Mia Isabella – who are both died due to complications of premature delivery. Steve and Jenna’s two other children, Emma, 3, and Vincenzo, 8 months, will be by their side to share their love of Dom and Mia and open the doors to the restaurant.
Dom & Mia’s will host approximately 80 customers and employ at least 20 to 30 people. They are still in the hiring phase. The former PNC bank building, refurbished with a chic modern twist in neutral tones, has both standard tables and hi-top seating. The restaurant, which holds a liquor license, will offer a drinks menu, in addition to food. The building has ample free parking.
“At the end of the day, we want our restaurant to be a good experience for every customer who comes here,” Steve said.
The new food court was under construction by contractor John Hudyma and Sons, Ridley Township.
“Springfield Township has been just brilliant, welcoming us, as have the other businesses along Saxer Avenue,” Steve said. “While Dom & Mia’s will be casual and upscale and have a fine menu, we want it to be comfortable and welcoming. We want diners to have a place to go that isn’t a chain restaurant. Ultimately, we want to have a special place, with good vibes, for the community to come and eat and enjoy each other’s company.
The owners are particularly proud of the design. In addition to renovating the safe to hold wine and other items, the unique bar was designed with old bank safes built into the brick. Power cord charger stations are also integrated into the design.
Delaware County native Joseph McIntyre will make his debut as executive chef. The 33-year-old chef, who previously worked at JD McGillicuddy’s and Concord Country Club, plans to create a menu featuring modern takes on traditional family recipes with unique flavors and dishes inspired by personal family memories he has around the house. dinner table. .
“Everything will be homemade,” explains the chef. “We will have a very original and creative cuisine, very different from all the restaurant chains, with a lot of old-fashioned recipes, some with a new twist. The restaurant industry is very competitive. We want to stand out and be a favorite in the Delaware County community.
McIntyre said Dom & Mia’s will place a strong emphasis on family and community. The restaurant will also offer a children’s menu.
The standard menu will include a variety of soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers and main courses. Appetizers include scrumptious choices like spinach gnocchi with Pomodoro sauce and shallots; homemade tagliatelle, roast pork, Tuscan kale, charred pesto cream, chili fillets; Creole, Chorizo and Andouille Meatballs, Okra Risotto, Roasted Shrimps, Bay Scallops, Roasted Yellow Pepper Coulis; and The Chop, a Bone-in Duroc Pork Chop, Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes, Charred Asparagus, Red-Eyed Jus, Smoked Peach.
Other menu favorites include the Chicken Parmigiana with all the ingredients homemade; Entrecôte with bone and fingerling potatoes, green maricot, half-pink pepper; Smoked tofu with shoyu with mashed asparagus and shredded artichoke and fennel coleslaw; and other selections. In addition, there will be daily and seasonal dishes and a “pizza of the day”.
The DeVitos and White plan to make the restaurant an active participant in the community, pledging that the restaurant will host monthly nights focused on various charities, especially the March of Dimes Foundation, which works to reduce the Child mortality rate. The DeVitos plan to designate one night a month for ten percent of the restaurant’s proceeds to go to March of Dimes.
Donating to March of Dimes was a way to comfort the couple after their tragic losses. Through the DeVito family’s charity campaign, they created Team DOMinate, which to date has raised approximately $150,000 to support the March of Dimes Foundation.
“Dom & Mia are always in our hearts,” said Steve DeVito. “We may not have been able to make many memories with them because they were lost too soon, but with this restaurant, Dom & Mia will be remembered every day. This is our tribute to them, and we look forward to the community dining and making memories with us.
The owners and chef are all lifelong residents of Delco. McIntyre, an Upper Darby resident, is an alumnus of St. Laurence Elementary School and a 2007 graduate of Monsignor Bonner Secondary School. The chef then attended Walnut Hill College’s school of restoration.
White, a silent minority partner, lives in Springfield with his wife Dana and their son Blake. He grew up in the Secane section of Ridley Township, attending Our Lady of Fatima Parish Elementary School and Cardinal O’Hara High School. He is a fourth generation steam fitter.
Now married for nearly nine years, current Springfield residents Steve and Jenna met when they were kindergarten students at Stonehurst Hills Elementary School in Upper Darby. Their lives separated until they reconnected years later.
Steve, who grew up in Upper Darby, graduated from St. Cyril’s and then Monsignor Bonner in 2004. He went on to earn a degree in finance from West Chester University. Prior to working full time to establish Dom & Mia’s, Steve worked as a manager at JR Monaghans Pub and Grill in Ardmore. and more recently, at USLI as an insurance underwriter.
Jenna, who grew up in Springfield, graduated from St. Dorothy’s Elementary School and then Archbishop Prendergast High School in 2004. She earned a degree in finance from Kutztown University in 2008. She also earned a minor in dance and currently teaches dance at the Cathie Collins School of Dance in Aldan and Glen Mills.
In 2017, Steve and Jenna DeVito welcomed Dom into the world 12 and a half weeks early. Dom was initially healthy, but 12 days after birth he contracted an intestinal infection called necrotizing enterocolitis. After a tough two-day battle, Dom is dead. Then in 2019, their family had Mia. At just 25 weeks, Jenna DeVito’s waters broke. After five days of bed rest, Mia had a suspected cord incident requiring emergency delivery. Mia went without oxygen longer than she could recover, and she died when she was two days old. After their devastating losses, the love and support of the community helped them through difficult times and also inspired them to open the Dom & Mia restaurant.
“I was going through really tough months, after losing our kids and then navigating pandemic isolation,” Steve said. “I took time off from my job for the last few months of 2019 to get over my grief. Then, less than a month after returning to work, the pandemic hit in 2020. It was during telecommuting and the stages of grief that Jenna and I came up with the idea of opening a restaurant in their name to keep their living memory forever.
“We decided to open the restaurant in the names of Dom and Mia so that we would be happy when we thought of them,” added Jenna. “We wanted our babies to be remembered in a positive way and we wanted to open up Dom & Mia’s right in our own community.”
“Right now, as we prepare to open, we’re pointing every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’,” DeVito said. “I’ve known Matt and Joe since high school. We played sports together, we hung out together. We still live here. Our families still live here. Ours is a real Delco story and we can’t wait for Delco residents to come here and enjoy it!”
The hours will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Tuesday; 11am-9pm Wednesday to Thursday; 11am-10pm Friday to Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended for dinner. Customers can also call ahead to pick up their orders. For more information about Dom & Mia’s and job opportunities, visit http://domandmias.com or send an e-mail to [email protected]
Opening updates will also be shared on Facebook @domandmias and Instagram @dom_and_mias.