All my Long Beach friends! You MUST try Michael’s Pizzeria at the Promenade (in Downtown) for brunch! The shaded patio is the perfect spot to sip $3 mimosas (bonus: they don’t even use the cheap super sweet champagne) and share some of their Italian-American brunch specialties.
We started off with the Chef’s Plate and some bellinis. I am not a cured meat fan, but the boys loved it – as would all of my girlfriends who say that I am not a true foodie because of this fact. I am, however, a cheese lover, so the freshly made mozzarella (yes, they make the cheese right in their own kitchen!) and fresh fruit were right up my alley.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, opt for the cinnamon rolls. They will change your life. The Nutella French Toast was good, but these tightly spiraled gooey little balls are TO. DIE. FOR. The restaurant makes them with the same flour they use to make their pizza dough. It is super low in gluten and somehow distinctively more delicious than your normal dough. They cook the mini cinnamon rolls in that cute little cast iron skillet and serve them fajita style – the sugary juices still simmering when they get to the table. Oh, did I mention they top the sugary frosting with a drizzle of rosemary syrup? Well they do. (Boom!)
Now, on to savories… the Carbonara pizza seems to be the go-to for brunch because it has eggs on it. But by this point in the meal, my prior cheesy, syrupy courses were sitting a little heavy. Of course my willpower and curious tastebuds wouldn’t allow me to just skip the pizza, so I ordered an “eat green” modification. (Gotta shout out my regular dining partners who know I can’t order anything on the menu as-is, and they’ve gotten so graciously patient about it.) Basically, I just asked to add kale and Calabrian peppers to the Carbonara pizza, and hold the cheese. Let me just tell you, it was delicious. The richness of the egg made up for the lack of cheese and the garlicky greens and spice of the peppers made it even more flavorful than the regular version. So bomb. Order it… or I am sure those of you who are culinarily inclined can make a version at home! Let me know if you try it! :)