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.
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).
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.
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.
My pizza quest will continue…