Daily Archives: January 29, 2011

Michelangelo Ristorante: upbeat Italian in the suburbs

I must have driven past Michelangelo Ristorante hundreds of times during law school, and I still do regularly. I don’t know what took me so long to try it out.

Not the only restaurant on the stretch of Highland Drive just south of the intersection of Highland Dr. and 1300 E , Michelangelo Ristorante is a step (0r two) above the Del Taco across the street from it and the Crown Burger further south. It’s about ten minutes from downtown and just over the bridge from Sugarhouse.

The restaurant exudes a hip upbeat ambiance, complemented by high ceilings and nearly wall length windows, dark wood tables, black napkins, and capacious glasses. In addition to couple-sized booths in the front, the restaurant has room for larger groups in a second room (we had six, but they had seats for more at our table), as well as a back room with a door for lunch meetings of larger groups.

I ordered a cheese ravioli with a marinara sauce laced with chopped tomatoes and roasted garlic cloves. It was served after a green leafy salad  drizzled with a balsamic vinegar dressing and sprinkled with ground pepper. I’ve never had a salad like it, and though it was a bit different, I enjoyed it. The ravioli was light and flavorful, and the sauce tasted hearty and fresh. The meal was accompanied with bread that I could not eat enough of, as well as beaker of oil and vinegar for dipping.

Others in my group had paninis, which they recommended, as well as a gorgonzola gnocchi, which was delicious (I sampled a bite). In fact, when I return, it’s likely I’ll order the gnocchi instead of the ravioli.

My one gripe was the service. While we were quickly seated, our orders promptly and accurately taken, and our glasses filled, the waiter was slow to fill our glasses, and in fact, I don’t think returned to fill the water glasses. Additionally, he did not keep track of who ordered what, and several of the members of our party were given the wrong paninis when the food was served.

Fortunately, the food was delicious. That alone would make the restaurant worth returning to a second time. The food’s appeal is bolstered by its price–lunch was just over $10, with a drink (though that drink was never actually refilled).

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