Michael's Italian Restaurant has been a staple in Waukesha for over 35 years. I have enjoyed many meals here since moving to the city and it's one of the places that I make sure to mention when giving food suggestions to friends looking for a good bite in Waukesha.
My parents, my guy and myself got together for a dinner earlier this year on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was bustling with people but we were able to get a table right away. If we wouldn't, the bar area is nice to wait in. It reminds me of a supper club with mirrors on the walls and seating all the way around the bar.
My parents are big fans of Michael's pizza and I would have to agree and say it's one of the top pizzas that I have had in Waukesha. My parents ordered a pizza and the antipasto salad to share. I didn't get a picture of the salad but it's very big and definitely feeds two people with a lot of variety. (From the website: Crisp lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, vinegar peppers and olives with salami, pepperoni, and provolone topped with house Italian dressing.) And they chose to order a large pizza so they could take home leftovers. It was delicious as always!
I just absolutely love pasta and I'm always looking for something different to try. I love their wild mushroom ravioli and the goat cheese ravioli special. I hope they continue that as a special - it was divine.
This time I chose the Cheese Tortellini with Beef Ragu - Tender slices of beef sautéed with garlic, shallots, mushrooms and fresh basil finished with Madeira wine sauce over Tortellini. When it arrived, I knew I made another great choice. The beef was so tender and flavorful and really added to the pasta. The fresh basil and Madiera sauce pulled this plate together wonderfully and I will go on record to recommend this dish to all pasta lovers.