Pizza has always been a favorite of mine because it’s convenient, filling, and delicious. Typically I order it when I need something quick but I also opt for it when a restaurant is known for their delicious pies. While I often choose chain names such as Papa John’s and Domino’s for most of my orders, sometimes I look to other brands because sometimes you find a pie that beats theirs. Such examples are MAFIAoZA’s, Big Daddy’s Pizzeria, and Old Chicago. When Haley’s sister, Carleigh, came to visit last month, I saw it as an opportune time to try Michaelangelo’s Pizza.
It is important to note that Michaelangelo’s Pizza is NOT a dine-in pizzeria. I felt really dumb piling in a car with Haley and her sister Carleigh expecting to be able to enjoy a pizza at a table. They are delivery/carry-out only. I was under the assumption that they weren’t… but had I known, I would have went to another restaurant that evening.
Inside, it’s obvious that they don’t put much effort into the decor because of the lack of dine-in space. Random placements of various posters and pictures definitely lets you know it’s a hole-in-the-wall. The ordering process was a little painful, simply because the cashier had a hard time understanding that we wanted to omit certain toppings as well as split the check in two. Moreover, he almost forgot our appetizer that we ordered. That evening, we ordered a Large Specialty Pizza (half Hawaiian/half Delux) for $15.99 with a house salad ($4.99) and garlic bread ($3.49).
After about a 20 minute wait, we received our food and headed home. The first disappointment in regards to food is that the house salad for $4.99 is a ripoff. The size of the salad was equivalent to 2 handfuls of lettuce. For $5 you can get a bigger salad (and probably better too) at your local fast food restaurant, such as Wendy’s or McDonald’s. Seeing how there wasn’t enough for me, I just opted for more slices of pizza.
The garlic bread was a six inch loaf of bread, lightly dusted with herbs. Included was a small plastic ramekin of marinara sauce. The bread was warm and soft with an ample amount of Italian seasoning. Not too bad.
As the title of this review states, the pizza was respectable. The Hawaiian side consisted of pineapple (canned), ham, and extra cheese whereas the Delux side was pepperoni, onions, green peppers, and extra cheese (it also comes with sausage and mushrooms which we omitted from our order). The amount of sauce was just right with good flavor and the cheese was bubbly, slightly burned and extremely “chewy”. The only downside is that this pizza cost $15.99, which in my opinion is a little on the expensive side for delivery/carryout pizza. It’s hard to justify that price when you can order, say Papa John’s “The Works” pizza for $11.
Carleigh mentioned that it tasted very similar to Donato’s Pizza, a chain I only experienced once almost a decade ago. The only thing I remember about Donato’s is that it too, was overpriced for the amount of pizza you actually got. Haley really liked it and said she would order it again but I have mixed feelings. Like I said earlier, I did enjoy it but I don’t know if I can justify that price point when the competition offers pizza for much lower. I do know that on occasion, you can find coupons for Michaelangelo’s Pizza. If you do, I would definitely recommend that you try it, especially if you haven’t before.
5133 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
Bill Total:$26.86 w/ Tax