Our Story

The Restaurant

Former Mama Teresa restaurant serving the Poway community for over 10 years, now Italia Mia one of the Gaslamp Italian restaurants,  is walking distance from the San Diego convention center and the major downtown hotels. Opened in late February 2017, Italia Mia is becoming one of the best Italian restaurants in downtown San Diego thanks to the award-winning cuisine of Executive Chef Teresa Buccolo. Awarded in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with the Reader Choice Winner for Best Italian Restaurant in Poway, Italia Mia new location features outdoor dining, a cozy main dining area and a private room. Italia Mia is the ideal venue for for corporate events and private dining in san diego including restaurant buyouts, dinner presentations, client dinners, birthday parties, retirement parties, anniversary parties and cocktail reception style events.

Our Executive Chef and Owner

Executive Chef/Owner Teresa Buccolo from Naples, Italy has over fifteen years experience in serving outstanding Italian cuisine to San Diegan’s and guests from around the world. Chef Teresa has been awarded with Best Italian Restaurant and Best Chef “Reader Choice” from the local newspaper. She cooks with her heart and soul and every dish is prepared to perfection. She spent 12 years in Reggio Emialia where she got her Culinary Art Degree as Executive Chef. Her cuisine expresses a combination of life and professional education combining the best of the Southern and Northern Italian cuisine.