Saturday, January 29, 2011

Michelangelo Ristorante in Salt Lake City

Good news for the original Michelangelo Ristorante fans from 10 years ago - the original cooks are baaaack! And the food is fabulous (...again)! It was always about the food. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a little history.

Michelangelo used to be in an old dark basement space in Sugarhouse run by real Italians from Naples with heavy accents. Back then, loud drama would ensue in the kitchen almost every night, like in the Soprano's. Once the chef even stormed out of the kitchen to scold hubby for requesting parmesan with his pasta vongole! Like all of Michelangelo's die-hard fans, we put up with the weird atmosphere - immigrant-chic, white linens, plastic flowers - and volatile service because the food was exceptional. It was the only place to get authentic Italian dishes (in Salt Lake City) with no compromises. When they moved to their new location three years ago, we were shocked and disappointed to discover new cooks producing mediocre food.

Well, tonight we came back for the first time in three years (new location) to learn that the old cooks (the same Italians from way back) are back and the food is AMAZING! (Fyi, no more crazy drama ;) The prices are ridiculous for how good the food is. 

Focaccia - Fluffy, buttery and airy, good balsamic and tasty oil.
Caesar Salad, romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, freshly made caesar dressing, extra anchovies, $5.95 - Straight up, fork-tossed Caesar, intensely flavorful, extra yolky and garlicky. (I don't even like croutons and these croutons are fab. I don't normally order Caesars either.)

Carpaccio Di Carne, thinly sliced filet mignon, arugula, parmesan, lemon oil dressing, $9.95 - Perfectly balanced, intensely flavorful, so light.
Asparagi, asparagus, truffle oil, fried egg, parmesan, $8.95 - Decadent, rich, fabulous, ah the truffleness. You gotta order this.
Spaghetti Michelangelo, spaghetti pasta, olive oil, garlic, arugula, parmesan, $9.95 - Al dente perfection, extra seared garlic. Added red pepper flakes and a dash of salt. Love it.
Pear Ravioli, pear and goat cheese raviolis, butter truffle oil sauce, $11.95 - Heavenly, omg, omg, dish ever. 
Panna Cotta, $4.95 - Fini.

Michelangelo Ristorante
(801) 466-0961
3005 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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