Michael's Pizzeria and Michael's on Naples Ristorante have made the cut.Zagat.com has compiled a list of top eateries in the Los Angeles area and both
The pizzeria is an offshoot of the fine dining restaurant in Naples, at 5620 E. 2nd St.. both owned by Michael Dene.
According to Zagat.com, 'this upscale Long Beach 'gem' 'deserves the accolades' for its 'excellent,' 'genuine' Italian cuisine and 'top-notch' wine list, served by a 'charming,' professional' staff; a 'sophisticated' setting with 'rooftop dining' and live music also help make it an 'amazing destination restaurant'; P.S. the tasting menus are 'well worth the price.'"
The food is rated 27 out of a possible 30, making it "extraordinary to perfection," according to Zagat.
The pizzerias -- one is at 5616 E. 2nd St. and the other at 210 E. 3rd St. -- also received a 27 rating out of a perfect 30.
"An offshoot of the venerable Michael's on Naples, this 'fabulous' Long Beach pizzeria duo loads up its 'heavenly', 'authentic' Neapolitan pies with 'fresh,' homemade mozz, plus more 'creative' items like clams, egg and baby artichokes; given 'excellent service' and 'modest prices,' the 'simple,' 'noisy' settings are easily excused," Zagat reports.
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