I was surprised when a friend (born and raised in Italy) said this was one of her favorite Italian American restaurants in the Asheville area. She added that there are NO good Italian restaurants in Asheville (which I agree with) and had tried the new Sugo once and wasn't that impressed but was willing to give it another shot.
Anyway, she liked the pasta dishes at Nona Mia, though most of what I have read tends to be about how good the pizza is.
We went there recently...
This is a small (seating for about 25-30) place in a strip of shops off Patton Ave next to a Radio Shack. Exposed duct work and cement floors make it a noisy dining experience. I think the walls were a tobacco color and I like that but it does make the place rather dim. Some issues with service...no one knew what a Malbec wine was (even though it was on their menu) and had to ask for silverware, otherwise very friendly.
Had calamari app - nice texture and the dipping sauce was kind of a cross between tzatziki (sp?) and and aioli instead of the ubiquitous marinara sauce. Had the farmer's pizza which was a very homespun square pizza made with delicious bread dough with spinach, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes and olives...yumm...even good cold the next day.
1app, 1 cup soup, 1 pizza, 1 wine and 1 beer - $37 (not incl tip) - plenty of food.