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At Mimmo’s Pizzeria in St. Albans, the Secret Is in the Red Sauce 

Published April 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated April 11, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.

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  • Matthew Thorsen
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Pizza purists may claim there are no decent pies north of the Big Apple, but a visit to Domenico Spano's place will open their eyes — and their mouths.

Location Details Mimmo's Pizzeria & Restaurant (St. Albans)
22 S. Main St.
Champlain Islands/Northwest
St. Albans, VT
Italian and Pizzeria

The Puglia native was still in his twenties when he moved to St. Albans and opened a pizzeria with five tables, a killer marinara recipe, and a menu of classic pizzas and red-sauce favorites.

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  • Matthew Thorsen
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Eighteen years and thousands of pies later, not only is Mimmo's Pizzeria Restaurant still open, it's thriving — most likely because of the pizza, with its thin, chewy crust; fresh, melted mozzarella; and sweet, red-wine-seasoned marinara sauce. There are no signs of beets, goat cheese or any other hipster toppings at this traditional eatery that interprets Old Country cuisine through Italian American eyes.

Pizza seems to end up on almost every table at the always-busy Mimmo's, the kind of small-town restaurant where toddlers in highchairs play with spaghetti while their grandparents tuck into crispy, buttery garlic bread. Young or old, everyone finds something to fill up on here — from an oozing plate of baked ziti to the to-die-for lasagna pizza topped with creamy dollops of ricotta cheese and curls of fennel-laced sausage.
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  • Matthew Thorsen
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Pizza naysayers are spoiled for choice, too, with options ranging from vinegary Italian subs bursting with salami and provolone to oversize portions of chicken Marsala smothered with mushrooms in a delightfully boozy sauce.

No one leaves that much poorer — Mimmo's prices are easy on the wallet — and almost everyone saves room for dessert. The fritter-like zeppole, dusted with powdered sugar and served by the dozen, are sinfully delicious.
This article was originally published in 7 Nights: The Seven Days Guide to Vermont Restaurants & Bars in April 2013.
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Corin Hirsch

Corin Hirsch

Corin Hirsch was a Seven Days food writer from 2011 through 2016. She is the author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, published by History Press in 2014.

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Matthew Thorsen

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