NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE: Pizza with the Mayor

It’s a simple idea – but an effective one. 

Once a month, City of New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell holds neighborhood office hours in a different part of the city at affectionately known “local joints.” 

Billed as Neighborhood Office Hours, residents are encouraged to drop in and break bread with the Mayor at their leisure and talk neighborhood topics. They’ve been happening for almost two years now, and have brought him everywhere from Gary’s Best Hot Dogs on Ashley Boulevard to Vasco da Gama restaurant on Dartmouth Street. 

January’s Office Hours brings Mayor Mitchell to the West End on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and finds him at Rua’s West End Pizzeria from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at 196 Shawmut Avenue. 

Rua’s is located in a very residential section of the city, not too far from New Bedford High School and Keith Junior High School. It’s an area not distinguished by a plethora of commercial establishments. 

That’s one reason why Rua’s West End Pizzeria has become a cherished part of the landscape in this part of Ward 3. It’s the place at the corner of Durfee Street and Shawmut Avenue that keeps the lights on into the evening on cold winter nights – and helps keep bellies full as well as a bit warmer when that’s most needed.

So, swing by this corner of Ward 3 Tuesday evening for a municipal meal in an authentic neighborhood joint. The discussions you bring to the Mayor are up to you.

City Hall press notes, “City residents are invited to attend the neighborhood office hours to meet with Mayor Mitchell directly and share their concerns and ideas, as well as a bite to eat. The sessions are open to all New Bedford residents, no advance appointments are required and meetings with the Mayor will be done on a first come, first served basis.” 

New Bedford Now is happy to provide some further guidance by recommending Rua’s superior Hawaiian Pizza Pie or mouth-watering Italian sub on subsequent visits to this West End staple!