Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Great Pizza Dough Famine

Michael's Restaurant, Pizza & Bar
139 10 Ave SW

We arrived at Michael's at noon for a Friday lunch. Upon being seated on the second floor, we quickly ordered our food. 4 large pizzas on regular dough. A house special, Michael's special, all meat and SFO (Spinach, feta and onions). We were quickly informed that only whole wheat is available for large pizza breads. We said that's fine and the waitress disappeared to put in our order only to return to tell us there's only 2 large pizzas left. We revised our order to 2 large and 3 mediums. The waitress returns a few minutes later to tell us there is actually only 1 large pizza left. Revising our order yet again to 1 large and 5 mediums, we were informed by the chef moments later that there's only 4 mediums and as many small pizzas as we wanted. We opted to stick with 1 large and 4 mediums. The chef returns to our table shortly after that to inform us that they found an extra medium pizza. How do you find extra pizzas? Yeah, like "we were sweeping the floors and found some extra dough under the oven". Or "we were grabbing a can of tomato paste in the pantry and lo and behold! Extra pizza dough!" Seriously, I don't want that! I'm not too entirely sure what we finally order. All I know is a solid half hour later, a medium all meat and house special pizza was placed in front of me.

First up, the all meat. Pepperoni, beef, salami and ham topped a regular pizza dough. I'm pretty sure this was the one that they found as it was on regular white pizza dough. You may noticed there's a slight blur at the top left hand corner of the picture. This was Megan's hand swooping in for a slice of the pizza. Poor girl was so hungry from waiting so long for the food. The pizza was of the thick crust variety. It's no
neapolitan pizza that's for sure. Thick slices of meat were layered between Michael's homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It was pretty decent. Very hearty and afternoon nap inducing. The cheese was thoroughly melted and very stringy.

Topped on whole wheat pizza bread, the house special was decent. I wasn't a super huge fan of the whole wheat aspect of this pizza. Toppings include pepperoni, mushrooms, ham, green peppers, tomatoes and feta cheese. Despite being a
carnivore, I do enjoy having some fresh veggies on my pizzas. It adds a different texture so it's not just a giant slice of soggy meat and dough. The resulting flavour is also very refreshing.

This pizza dough debacle is nothing new, we've had this happen before. Is it super delicious? Not really... But it's super close so it's got that going for it. With all things considered, this was a mediocre 5 stars out of 10.

Special Happy Birthday shout out to Kristel and best of luck to Megan for going back to

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