Friday, March 5, 2010
Matteo's in Carmichael
Added tidbit 5/25/10: Went again with BFF. This time I ordered garlic bread and the spaghetti bolognese. The garlic bread was plentiful and soaked in gar-licky butter. Yum! The bolognese had shredded pork and ground beef, was lightly spicy, and a bit creamy. Delicious!
Matteo's Pizza is right near my BFF's house and so we had been eying it since it opened. Today, furlough Friday, was a good time to go over for lunch.
This part of town is almost suburbia - established residential built up in the 60's and 70's. The corner of Fair Oaks and Arden has a bunch of the much needed neighborhood required businesses - dry cleaning, grocery, health club, fast food, etc. There are also a couple of family oriented restaurants such as Willie's Burgers and Bella Bru. In the corner there used to be a Steve's Pizza and now it's Matteo's.
The notable thing about this new restaurant is it's relationship to another Sacramento fine dining establishment - The Supper Club. Both are owned by Matt Woolston and it appears that the Matteo's will carry on with the fine food and service found at TSC.
This review just covers the two pizzas we shared. I look forward to trying other meals there in the future. No pictures today. I didn't have my camera and the lighting wasn't the best for using the pda.
There were three of us and we were a little food picky. BFF and I don't do mushrooms and I don't do olives. So we had to alter the pizzas a little. All pizzas come in a about a 12 inch size.
First choice was the Greek Vegetarian - roasted sweet peppers, spinach, kalamata olives, mozzarella, feta, hummus, and baby green salad on top. If there was hummus, I guess I missed it. And I thought the peppers were tomatoes. Oh well. It was good and had a generous amount of salad atop. We asked for this one to have the olives on one side of the pizza. The other two gals liked this one the best. Perhaps the salty olives helped to take it over the edge for them. I liked it, but preferred...
The Stu - wild mushrooms, prosciutto, caramelized onions, arugula, Fontina, and truffle oil. We held the mushrooms and had the truffle oil on the side. BFF can't have anything flavored or touching her food with mushroom. I'm not that picky and can appreciate the luxury of truffle oil. We probably won out because they brought the oil in a little pitcher and we got a lot. Fontina is my favorite cheese and the prosciutto was cut in thin strips and a good amount. But the truffle oil added the extra bit of decadence to make this a delicious pizza.
Service was very friendly and attentive. The decor and seating is comfy and homey - definitely making it a nice family friendly location. Our only complaint - get better napkins! A good restaurant with cheap napkins.
Added: BFF has gone back the next night for dinner with the fam. She's super thrilled with her meal. Hubby had a scallop risotto and she had steak with polenta and broccoli rabe. And she's raving with happiness.