I’ve been meaning to go to Michael’s Italian Feast ever since I started this blog. I had lunch with my friend and former POP magazine graphics designer, John Ingles about a week after I started publishing MBIP and he suggested I stop out to Michael’s for a blog post. Well, I went home after that lunch, went to work, had a few beers, picked some lint out of my belly button and now it’s almost two years later and I figure I better get out to Michael’s while we still have a few weeks left in this cheesy MBIP Year of Pizza. And there’s a possibility that the aforementioned John Ingles may make a guest appearance along with his lovely wife, De. Only time will tell, so let’s get going on another saucy journey!
Here we are at Michael's Italian Feast in Germantown Hills.
What a friendly awning, let's go inside and begin this 44th trip of our year of pizza.
There's a counter up there, so I'm assuming that's where you order, we'll find out if my pizza instincts are correct in about two seconds.
And yes, Alex confirms that my instincts are indeed correct! Is that a killer smile or what?
The menu board is hanging over the counter so I chose a pizza and gave the order to Alex. So far I don't see John and De, but let's take a look around and see if they're in here.
Here's some booths that are located directly behind the counter in the front room and there's a Christmas tree behind them, reminding us all that we're in such a festive time of year. Ho, ho, ho!
The main dining room is down the hallway here, let's go check it out.
I love this hand-painted mural on the wall leading into the room.
Wow, the dining room is stunning! Check out the clouds on the ceiling and the decorative room looks like we just stumbled into a section of an Italian village. So cool!
This lit-up fountain is the centerpiece of the Italian-themed room.
There's an ice cream parlor tucked away in this corner called the Frozen Spoon. That name brings back '80's memories to me!
Sharyn is working the counter back here and she's just scooped up a cup of ice cream for...
This couple who happily posed for the MBIP camera. I didn't get their names because they were in too much of a hurry to eat their ice cream. Who am I to interrupt such frozen fun on the run?
Uh oh...I think I spy some familiar faces over there...
It's the aforementioned John and De ingles along with their daughter, Shannon on the left. Great to see all of them and I hadn't seen Shannon since she was a baby over twenty years ago and John and De were in New York for a wedding. They stopped by to visit and I tried to talk them into letting a homeless person babysit Shannon. Shannon is now going to school in Milwaukee and De has her own graphics and design business that you can check out here: Smiley Graphix. John also does design work and he's developed an app with some friends that has become popular here in the Central Illinois sports community, here's a link to that app: Illinois Prep Scores. And John's a busy guy, he also works for Mulching Sad, a company that removes sod for terminally depressed people. It turns out that staring at a yard full of dirt lifts your spirits. Who knew? Anyway the company is thriving and the CEO makes so much money he's hanging out with celebrities and movie stars. Last week he was spotted sharing a corn dog with Paris Hilton!
De designed the logo for Michael's Italian Feast. Check out her portfolio here.
Okay, time to start the feast here at Michael's! We started out with a meatball appetizer. That meat sauce looks so good!
That's one delicious meatball. Really tasty seasoned meat and the sauce is off the charts good!
Back here in the kitchen, Matt is ladling on the sauce for our 44th pizza pie.
As you can see, they don't skimp on the toppings here!
More cheese is added to the top layer and then...
It's into the oven it goes.
And through the miracle of these here interwebs, here's Matt with the freshly cooked pie, ready to be devoured.
It looks great, I had to hold off on the hot sauce as De and Shannon don't like hot sauce on their pizza. And yes, the only hot sauce they had was Frank's!
So I privately sauced and peppered this slice and put in on a plate to begin the all-important cooling process.
Wow, the pizza here is great. The crust is made fresh daily and it's thin, but not cracker thin and has a nice consistency to it. I got bacon, ham, sausage and extra cheese for toppings and it's really a tasty pizza. The sauce is really good and has a nice flavorful zing to it!
There was two slices left for...
My next day cold pizza challenge...hey, who's that in the craft beer corner of the MBIP fridge?
Yikes, it's another member of the Nude Family that we bought in this post. I need to get a six pack for this corner and keep these creepy intruders out of here!
It's delicious! Thanks to John, De and Shannon for coming out on this pizza journey and to Alex, Sharyn and Matt for good times and great food at Michael's Italian Feast! We'll see you all tomorrow!
Three and a quarter Chef Boyardees, great pizza and I really liked the meatballs too! I will return!
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