The first U.S. location recently opened up in Hollywood and let me tell you, it's everything Julia Roberts made it out to be and more.
The restaurant is a large 3,000 square foot interior, with an incredible patio. Similar to L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele’s original Naples restaurant, it serves two types of wood-fired pizzas: marinara and margherita.
However, it doesn't end there. The restaurant offers Italian breakfast and coffee, delicious and impeccable styled pastas as well as the perfect appetizers for your entrees. I highly recommend the Meatballs which are made of Aspen ridge meat, tomato sauce, Parmigiano, and crostino.
The dishes are styled by Naples-born chef Michele Rubini, who we had the pleasure of meeting one night after an incredible dinner. Rubini uses many of the same recipes and ingredients as the original Naples location.
The restaurant is incredibly modern and designed by Francesco Zimone. The best place you can sit is in the rear courtyard which is surrounded by high trees, tiles, whitewashed stone, and brick walls. If you're sat towards the back, you can even see the chef making the pizza in a little room separated from everyone by glass.
So far, I've eaten at this restaurant four times, the fourth being yesterday and each experience was above and beyond.
We start our meal off with a drink, their selection of cocktails is good as well as the wine. I'm a big fan of mezcal so I ordered their Oaxacan Dreams made with El Silencio Mezcal, house-infused pineapple rum, green chartreuse, agave, and lime. It's refreshing and delicious.
If you're feeling wine, I recommend a glass (or bottle) of their La Spinetta, Vermentino 2019 Toscana. It's so refreshing and perfect for a warm evening or hot summer day.
Appetizers are always a must, and so far I loved the meatballs, and their classic Ceaser salad made with romaine, radicchio, capers, Parmigiano, bread crumbs, and a Caesar-anchovy dressing. Next, I'm going for the Arancini which is acquerello risotto, aspen ridge beef, and green peas.
As far as the pizza goes, you can't go wrong with the classic Margherita with tomato, fior di latte, pecorino, and basil.
I personally have been obsessed with their Diavola, made with tomato, fior di latte, pecorino, spicy salame, and Calabrian chili. I'm drooling while writing this and mentally planning to make another reservation soon.
Another favorite and staple every time we go there is their Capricciosa pizza, not very many restaurants offer this type of pizza and my boyfriend is obsessed with it. It has tomato, fior di latte, pecorino, basil, artichoke, mushroom, black olives, and ham. It's beyond delicious and I highly recommend trying it.
Be sure to ask for a side of parmigianio, chili flakes, and a side of olive oil with balsamic for dipping your crusts. You won't regret it.
You can't finish without dessert which is why I'd recommend trying their gelato or, a personal favorite, Tiramisu made with mascarpone, lady fingers, espresso, and chocolate.
I hope you try this place out, and Bon appetite!