We have been going to Michael’s downtown for years and love it. The new gluten free crust is so delicious. It’s by far the beat pizza in Los Angeles and now the best gluten free option.
After attending the Grand Prix, we were looking for great food and wine. Michael’s made our night. The delicious food hit the spot. The wine made everything better. It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Long Beach.
Really good food, took a while to get sat and the food took quite a long time to arrive.
Our young facial pierced server, seemed to be pleasant enough. She Never questioned if our meal of salads and entrees was OK, good or otherwise. My Pasta was overcooked and WARM, not hot. Clams were few and far between. Sauce almost none. I told our server, she didn't care, just made excuses. Pizza is never well-done enough for my husband. Tried it twice, won't be going back. Eating out is expensive, we'll take our money where we get better food and service.
Everything amazing never a bad dining experience. The fooded phenomenal. Giuseppe never disappoints! Favorite place on the planet
We stopped by Michael’s pizzeria after March for our lives. The restaurant was very overwhelmed with the sudden onslaught of March attendees. However, we did have a reservation, so we were a little peeved. We sat at our table for 20+ minutes before we even had menus delivered. There were two hard-working waiters hustling like crazy, while a man, who was presumably the manager, sat at the bar drinking wine with a buddy, completely unconcerned with the restaurant’s state of chaos. I have seen from other reviews that this may be his M.O. (#Notateamplayer). Maybe he is Michaels’s son and that is why he hasn’t been fired...When a blond woman showed up later, maybe the managers wife?, she started to pitch in and that helped somewhat.
I ordered Caesar with grilled shrimp, which came with chicken instead. When my order was righted, the shrimp was cold. My husband got a margarita pizza which was a little tepid but tasty. Kids got lasagna, which was a B+, and chicken parm, which was also very good. The chef created delicious meals, but the timing was off due to atrocious understaffing and so the food was cold. Our server could not have been nicer. I felt bad for the guy. He was placed in an impossible situation. He offered free drinks, but at the same time, our water was never refilled and we all left parched. We didn’t order dessert because we didn’t have another 30 minutes of patience left in us. They gave us to-go cups of ice cream on the house, but for the adults it was too little too late.
Perhaps I could have been more understanding if this was my first bad experience. But a month earlier, we had made a reservation for brunch based on their online menu only to discover after we arrived that they only served lunch.
Overall, Michael’s Pizzeria has great food and friendly but understaffed employees, but very poor management. If you want to try it, get take out and prepared to nuke your food in the microwave.
Come for the pizza, stay for the chili oil to put on the pizza.
Always great, excellent pizzas. Had forest mushroom with sausage this visit. Also recommend starter of oven roast vegetables
Hostess was really frazzled at accommodating specific seating even with reservation. While she ended up helping us out, it definitely wasn’t a pleasant experience upon walking in. She seemed she might not be best with stress of busy situations.
Great service, would come back again!
everything was really mediocre. not worth going back
Great food and excellent service!
We sat on the patio by the fire pit. It was romantic for 2 and would also be fun for 8. If you have a good-sized party I would definitely recommend the fire pit. We shared the sausage and brussel sprouts, arugula salad and a pizza. The service was discretely attentive. All in all a very nice evening.
Some of the best Italian food and pizza in Southern California! I love the prosciutto and arugula pizza. They and have a solid beer selection
Made a reservation via Open Table for a table for 2 prior to going to a show @ Carpenter Center. The January evening was a bit chilly, so sitting outside wasn't an option. In spite of showing up on time for a 6:30 reservation, we were seated at the bar. It's a noisy place, so this wasn't conducive to conversation. To their credit, the place found us a table after 20 minutes. Food was OK, nothing special. If the area around Carpenter Center wasn't such a food desert, I wouldn't have gone here. Too bad.
Food is great, service is painfully slow (but nice). Plan on a 90 minute lunch.
Great salads, amazing pizza sauce, delicious even cold the next morning!
Great for families. Very good pizza & pasta, good beer selection and wines by the glass.
Excellent pizza and pasta. Tasted just like the ones we had in Italy.
The food was very good. Service was very good, too. The menu had a lot of options - not “just” a pizza place. The pizza was great- and they had a vegan option. Michael’s house salad used tiny baby arugula that was succulent. Good place.
Outside tables are great. Inside is not as special. Food is great fresh Italian. All breads and pastas made in house
Food was good. Service was well below average. The server didn’t know what the special was. He told me something and I got something else. Plus they forget my sons food from the kid menu. He received his pizza and raw dough after all the main courses arrived. No sorry. Just a nervous smile and laugh. Also never asked if we wanted any refills of water. We ordered a cheese plate appetizer and asked for 4 more slices of bread and they only brought back 3 and by the time we realized the server was gone.
Great neighborhood gem. Authentic Neapolitan style pizzas and other delights. All the ingredients are sourced locally and the care shows. Been there numerous times and highly recommend.
Service was great, food was delicious and served promptly. Loved the margherita monday special, will definitely be returning soon!
This is our go-to place when we want a relaxed evening with friends or family. It is like a casual version of Michaels On Naples which is arguably one of the best Italian dining experiences in the area. But that's another review. We love the outdoor dining a Michaels Pizzeria especially if you have a group large enough to sit around the fire table. It's also fun to share the fire table and make new friends. There are so many delicious choices but our favorite meal is to start with a craft cocktail and the prosciutto, burrata and grilled peach for an appetizer (ask for extra bread so you can sop up the Calabrian chili oil provided) For a entree, I love the Fiori E Saisicca pizza. The fennel sausage is amazing. I now change things up by having that sausage added to other pizzas on the menu. Pizza is served uncut but I always ask for crispy crust and have it cut. My husband usually chooses a pasta. The spaghetti with braised beef, veal, and pork meatballs is a favorite. We always save room for dessert. The almond cake and the semifreddo are always a treat. I also like the fact that they serve authentic espresso and cappuccino and they get the timing right by serving the coffee in time to enjoy with dessert. Just a preference of mine. I really don't like when the coffee service is so slow that it arrives after we finish dessert. Mangia!
This past visit was a little disappointing. The pizza I wanted was not available, and the one I had was not made to their usual standards. I still recommend the restaurant , a pleasant place to sit outside, and the food is usually very good
Good, as always. Wish we could eat here more often...pup enjoyed the patio.
I got a margurita pizza. The crust was exceptional; wood oven, crisp crunch on the outside and chewy at the same time. Just as it should be. Well done.
Walking distance from the Westin and Convention Center right off the Promenade. Nice outdoor seating. Everyone enjoyed it.
One of the Best total dining experience we have had food wine service
Very charming informative staff food superlicious. Could not eat or drink one more bite
Calabrian wine pairing dinner, the wines were only fair, but the meal was excellent
Best pizzas on the planet. Five people waited on our table but still poor service.
Something seemed a little different, still great pizza and really good beer, service was fine, maybe it was too early on a Saturday evening. Maybe the manager(?) kind or ordering folks around tempered the mood and I think they used to have bread for their awesome spicy oil. A little pricey for a light meal for 2 with a couple of beers.
The pizza, spinach salad and vegetable medly in the cast iron pan were just fabulous. Everything was fresh and delivered in a timely manner. Love this place..
Chef Giuseppe's rigatoni with Italian sausage & robbi
Great italian wine options and desserts. Wonderfully authentic pasta dishes. Perfectly sized portions
Good as always. Super tasty. The Briney Melon Gose was a nice addition...
Great pizza and past. Very reasonalbl
My friend and I had a wonderful lunch at Michael's before going to MOLAA. Service was exceptional! The food was amazing. We had the prosciutto and mozzarella appetizer, which was delicious. I had the margherita pizza. It was one of the best pizzas I have ever tasted. The crust is super-fresh, and again, the mozzarella is to die for. There was an excellent selection of wine; both Italian and domestic. I chose the Orvieto - yum! My friend ordered the lemon sorbet for dessert, which tasted like lemon meringue pie! I had a delicious cappuccino. It was a lovely lunch in a friendly atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
Love, love, love Michael's Pizzeria! Best wood fired pizza ever. Super friendly service and great selection of wines and beers.