Behind Bars: Stop in to Casa Mia for refreshing Neapolimint

For bar patrons looking for a different spin on the refreshing mojito, Casa Mia Italian Steakhouse bartender Cindy Marotta has just the thing. It’s a strawberry-layered mojito, referred to as the Neapolimint.

It starts with Barcardi Limon, a little Sprite and Fragoli strawberry liqueur, with chunks of real strawberry that ooze out of the bottle, into the glass. “You don’t really see this liqueur used in a lot of drinks,” Marotta said. “It’s different. It’s refreshing, like a real mojito, but a little sweeter. Fragoli is a product of Italy, which goes hand-in-hand with an Italian steakhouse.

Other popular drinks at the Casa Mia bar include a number of martinis selling for $6.99, including an apple and a chocolate martini, which don’t even adorn the menu.

The bar promotes different martinis, depending on the entertainment provided for the evening. For instance, the Old Blue Eyes martini features blueberry vodka, Chambord, Apple Pucker, soda and sour mix. During the summer, entertainment is only offered on Friday and Saturday, but come season, it expands to Thursday nights, as well.

Other $6.99 martinis include the Ruby Slipper – with ruby red vodka and fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, rimmed with sugar, and the Bishop – a vanilla vodka martini with Godiva white chocolate, Starbucks coffee liqueur and espresso.

From 4 to 7 p.m. daily, the restaurant offers a happy hour that includes a choice of six house wines for $3, bottled domestic beers for $2 and imported beers for $3. Well drinks cost $2.75, and customers can order a well Manhattan or martini for that price. If well drinks aren’t a customer’s pleasure, Casa Mia have a fully stocked bar to serve them.

“It’s a great place to just come and hang out with your buddies. A lot of guys come in to watch a baseball game,” Marotta said. “And, I can definitely talk sports with them.” The bartender used to play softball and other sports growing up and loves watching all of them on television with the guys.

Marotta, 43, has been serving drinks for 10 years. She ran her own restaurant for six years in New York. The seafood and steak joint was on Hudson River. Marotta moved to Marco in January and went to work for the owners of Casa Mia, her aunt and uncle Marie and Tony Brock, and has never looked back.

She enjoys the camaraderie between herself and the clients. “I just love working with people,” she said. “You meet them once and they’re like family. It seems like you’ve known them forever. It’s a very laid back atmosphere.”

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