For those who have seen or read “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, you have probably imagined what it must have been like to be in the shoes of Liz. Wouldn’t it be dreamy to be strolling the streets of Italy and having a bite of absolutely mouth-watering pizza and fresh pasta at any time of the day? In fact, this was exactly what I had in mind the moment I entered Pizzeria Michelangelo. This homey Italian restaurant makes you want to spend hours enjoying your meal and relaxing over great food and wine. From the moment you enter and see the walls designed with art by Michelangelo, their brick-walled kitchen with fire roaring in the oven, and cooks tossing pizza dough in the air, it’s like being in a trattoria, those quaint restaurants found on the streets of Italy. With a good selection of Italian wines to complete the meal, Pizzeria Michelangelo’s is surely a place you will want to keep coming back to.
Michelangelo’s manager, a friendly Sicilian fellow by the name Massimo, is very accommodating as he sees to it that you have an authentic “Italian experience” at the trattoria. Their food is, in fact, uniquely fresh and healthy, they stray away from butter and oil, using only natural and health ingredients. This is also why they are known for their salads and pizza. When it comes to pasta, they make their own dough as it makes their dishes taste richer. And for reasons that are beyond me, Pizzeria Michelangelo’s specialties are those with arugula, a special type of Italian lettuce (actually pretty common in Italian restaurants) which are exceptionally tasty atop their pizzas. A personal favorite of mine, the Pizza Robertino, has tomatoes, mozzarella, farmer’s ham, bacon strips, sunny side up (yes, sunny side up!), parmesan cheese and generous portions of arugula on top that keeps me wanting more. Especially for thin-crust pizza lovers like me, the pizza at Michelangelo’s will be a sure favorite as the crunchy bottom is baked just right with the right size and crisp, not too thick as to suggest it was all dough, but not too thin to crumble in your hand.
Personally, this is one of the restaurants I’d want to keep coming back to so I would be able to try all their different pizzas and pastas! Hope to see you there!