Local Pizzeria named Best in Country
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RANCHO MIRAGE - A local pizza joint, Michael’s Pizzeria in Rancho Mirage at The River, has been named best pizzeria in the United States by Zagat’s.
Palm desert resident Jody Helfend says he knows pizza and this pizza deserves all the praise it can get. "I happen to be in the food business so I really appreciate and know good food and their pizza is outstanding,” says Helfend.
Owner Michael Dene says the secret behind the artisan pizza is not just the ingredients straight from Naples, Italy but also the oven they cook it on. "It comes from Calabria, Italy. We bring it over and install it and the oven only works on wood. It's a wood-fired oven and fired with apple and almond that gives the pizza that great flavor,” says Dene.
Like many pizzas out there, after two ore three slices you feel stuffed. Manager of Michaels Pizzeria Pietro Luca Bordignon says when you finish your pizza meal at Michael’s—it’s almost a light feeling. "Inside it's softer and outside it stays on the crunchy side and it's very thin so that's what keeps the pizza light. It's a very thin crust,” says Bordignon.
Of course there are those nay-sayers out there who say the best pizza in the U.S. can’t come from California; but rather it should come from New York or Chicago. Dene has an answer for that. "All the folks that think it's not the best, come and try it. Come and challenge us. I'm ready for the challenge. I'm up for it,” says Dene.
"I mean this is truly authentic Italian pizza. This is how it's really made and it's delicious,” adds Helfend.
So far, they have three locations: two in Long Beach, Ca and one in Rancho Mirage. They plan to open a restaurant in New Jersey and Beverly Hills.