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Week in Reviews: Michael's on Naples, El Prado, South and More

This week S. Irene Virbila unearths a random Italian restaurant in Naples, the tony marina enclave in Long Beach. Michael's on Naples has all the right touches---sleek interior, rooftop deck with sea breezes, octopus carpaccio and handmade pastas from chef Marco Cavuoto, lots of Italian wines---and only a few hiccups (service is disorganized and not very professional, it's loud, "corny" Italian music). Her ambience note at the end of the review sums it up best:

Contemporary Italian in Naples with roomy booths and a stylish open-air rooftop dining area. Far outclasses anything else on the island and attracts an affluent, Italian-food-mad crowd.
So there's just not a lot of good food on Naples, and Michael's gets two stars. Miss Irene overhears a LB customer ask why should they trek to West Hollywood when they can walk to Michael's. Indeed. Someone from WeHo is probably asking themselves the same question about Naples in Long Beach. Today the "S." stands for "stolid." [LAT]

ELSEWHERE: One reason to check out South in Santa Monica: Chicken waffle sliders; good heady beers at El Prado; is Amandine Patisserie really that bad or is someone just a little cranky; Fraiche, a good under-$15 lunch option; discovering Froma on Melrose for the first time; the pleasure that is Tasca; more random finds: Nona Cafe in Tarzana,