Caffe Milano, Palm Beach, FLA

Caffe Milano, FLA

On a recent trip, we had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant and enjoyed, in my opinion, the best thin crust, brick oven pizza I have eaten, ever. First, let me say that pizza is my favourite food group. I have eaten pizza in many places, and this one is the best, so far. Ironically, we almost didn’t get to taste this delightful treat or even eat at this restaurant because it was so hot outside.

 

The Table

We were walking around downtown Palm Beach, looking for a place to have lunch. I was giving myself only another 2-1/2 minutes before I caught on fire from the ambient temperature, which was well into the 90’s (did I mention I have a cooling problem?). So when my husband smelled something burning, I wasn’t sure what it was! Turns out it was a wood burning oven. Our noses led us to the doors of Caffe Milano. It was beautiful and we felt we were under-dressed to even be in the vestibule. However, the maitre d’ assured us that it was fine and invited us to come on inside. We decided to sit outside on the covered patio (mercifully, there were ceiling fans).

Tuna Carpaccio

We knew we had to have a pizza, but which one? We decided on getting a starter course each, and then we split a pizza. We decided on the Margarita pizza. To me, this is the quintessential Italian pizza – not only the colours of the Italian flag, but the simplicity of it. It takes a delicate hand to master these simple ingredients – tomato, basil and mozzarella.

Our first courses arrived – tuna Carpaccio for my husband and an arugula salad with marinated mushrooms and peppered tuna for me. The tuna Carpaccio came garlanded with a seaweed salad and drizzled with white truffle oil. The arugula salad was very fresh. The arugula stood up well to the vinaigrette and shaved parmesan. The pink peppercorns were also a nice touch – adding to the peppery flavours of the arugula with a nice little crunch.

Arugula Salad with Tuna

Our pizza arrived shortly afterwards. The moment I had been waiting for. It was worth the wait. Super thin crust, slight charring of the crust from the scorching hot oven, fresh tomato (not sauce) on the crust, stringy mozzarella and fresh basil to finish. To be honest, I could easily have eaten the whole thing myself. I closed my eyes and took that first bite. It did not disappoint. The freshness of the tomatoes really came through – no need to cook them to bring out their sweetness. There was nothing on this pizza for the quality to hide behind. Just the basics, and done very well.

Margarita Pizza

My pizza quest will continue…

About 

From Ottawa, Ontario

My food roots are from the Caribbean. I have many memories of my mother's Bajan cooking and my father's Trinidadian Sunday morning cook-ups. I like to try to impart these flavours and influences in my own dishes.

My food style is simple, fresh, and has a flair of creativity, which I try and incorporate when creating my own recipes. I love trying more challenging fare, but can appreciate the simplicity in a humble, well balanced dish.

Some of my favourite culinary experiences to date include enjoying a traditional South African dinner in a Boma while on safari; eating shark & bake on Maracas Beach in Trinidad; devouring a plate of freshly caught crab in Punta Arenas, Chile; and enjoying a perfectly grilled steak over a campfire.

During my spare time, whether at home or around the world, I can be found at a local market sourcing out new ingredients, concocting fascinating new dishes in the kitchen, or trying new fare at local restaurants to add to my blog My Macaroni Pie.

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