Small Bites: Quick bites

Pie dream: The addition of Ritrovo’s classic yet modern brick oven Neapolitan-style pizzas to Nona Mia’s Italian-American “soul-food” options will make for a well-rounded menu.

• Eat for a good cause at FireHouse Subs throughout the month of August. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation honors 13-year Asheville Fire Department veteran Capt. Jeff Bowen who died in the line of duty July 28. Through the rest of the August, customers can round up their bill to the nearest dollar at 16 Firehouse Subs locations in North and South Carolina. The funds will be used for the purchase and donation of lifesaving equipment for the Asheville Fire Department in memory of Bowen.

"The untimely death of Captain Bowen has impacted the community tremendously, and his selfless act to save others during a fire will not be forgotten," says Robin Peters, executive director of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. "The ‘Round Up’ program allows anyone visiting our restaurants the opportunity to donate to this heartfelt cause."

Local Firehouse Subs locations include 105-B Rivershills Road in Asheville (299-7552), 100 Julian Lane in Arden (681-0850) and 825 Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville (697-8344). For more information, visit

• One of Asheville’s most beloved Italian restaurants, Nona Mia, will be vacating its current location and moving into a larger location, where sister restaurant Ritrovo Pizzeria is located. We’re looking forward to the marriage of chef/owner Peter Affatato’s two eateries. If you haven’t made it into Ritrovo yet, the dining room is wide-open and modern, and the back patio is a comfortable hideaway from the busy Haywood Road corridor.

The addition of Ritrovo’s classic yet modern gourmet Neapolitan-style pizzas to Nona Mia’s Italian-American “soul-food” options will make for a well-rounded menu. Nona Mia will be located at 1050 Haywood Road in West Asheville. For more information, visit

• An Asheville diner and restaurant open since 1935, The Silver Dollar, located on the edge of the River Arts District across from the Grey Eagle, is closing late this month or early next month. Xpress is following this story and will have more details next week.

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