Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rate-A-Restaurant #219: Michelangelo

Restaurant: Michelangelo Ristorante

Location: 2742 Rowena Ave (Silver Lake)

Type of restaurant: Italian

We stipulated: After spending the morning at a Silver Lake event with friends and their two kids, we decided to head to lunch in the vicinity.

They stipulated: From their website: "Michelangelo Pizzeria Ristorante offers an enticing menu full of fresh home made pasta, thin crust pizzas and other Southern Italian dishes that are made right on the premises from fresh organic ingredients. Excellent cuts of meat are often used for house specialties including steaks and veal chops." (I love that qualifier -- "are often used." What, there are times you offer guests crappy cuts of meat?)

What we ordered: Penne Scampi ($16): Penne pasta with shrimp and artichoke hearts in a fresh tomato sauce; Di Verdure ($9) Mixed grilled vegetable panini with fresh mozzarella; Margherita pizza ($11) Mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce.

High point: Best part may have been the free hot bread with a great spicy oil. We also had the restaurant to ourselves -- great for us, especially for kids -- not so good for the owners.

Low point: $3 soda -- and no free refills! One of us asked for a second glass of Coke -- and they charged us another $3! Attention to detail was also a little off -- one of us made a big deal about asking for cheese on a sandwich, and yet it wasn't there when it arrived. Not a major problem, but strange given that we were the only people there.

Overall impression: Friendly staff, decent food but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Chance we'll go back: I wouldn't be opposed to it, but Michelangelo doesn't jump to mind as the first place I'd want to make an effort to eat at.

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