While visiting Milford for a Milford Photo Meetup at Gulf Beach, we stumbled upon a brand new restaurant and found that it had just been open for 3 days. The building was the first thing that attracted us to stop at Michael Anthony’s Tuscan Grill as we drove down New Haven Avenue. The Tuscan-style building sets itself apart from the other buildings in the local vanity and beacons you to come inside and see what awaits your senses.
We learned that Michael Anthony’s is family owned and operated. Michael Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta has been around since 1990 but the family has always had a dream of opening a restaurant. Michael Anthony’s Tuscan Grille is the realization of that dream.
As you walk to the door you can smell the brick oven cooking delicious pizzas and once inside you can see the brick oven just beyond the foyer. The bar is just to the right of the front door. The main restaurant is to the left of the hostess station and they offer a partial rooftop seating area that overlooks the water.
On this visit we sat at the bar because it was readily available and there were two open seats. We started with cocktails – a Mojito and Classic Cosmo and later tried the Limoncello Martini with sugar on the rim and a surprising addition to the wine list, a 2012 Italian Vendemmia Moscato d’Asti. We love drinking Moscato at home but when we go out we rarely find it at restaurants so it was a nice surprise. Moscatos are sweet dessert-type wine, but not as sweet as a Brandy.
While sipping on our cocktails, we chatted with friendly people at the bar who couldn’t stop raving about what they ordered this night. We heard all kinds of suggestion from, you must order the Antipasto Rustico – enough for 3 people, this is an assortment of Italian cheeses, dried cured meats, olives, roasted peppers and grilled vegetables. Another went on and on about the Penne Alla Vodka, penne pasta in pink cream sauce.
Of course, since no one suggested it, we had to try what no one dared, the Pappardelli Cinghiale which was Wild Boar tossed with ribbons of large egg noodles, topped with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. We made a great choice as we later found out it was the last plate being served this night and had sold out all night long. It was totally delicious and we suggest you try it.
We also wanted to try their flat bread and someone else suggested The Cortina that had bacon, artichokes, arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, and extra virgin Olive oil. They were right! This was amazing and we highly suggest you try it next time you visit Michael Anthony’s, maybe instead of pizza.
And who could forget the dessert. We tried the Molten Chocolate Cake – moist dark chocolate cake enrobed with dark chocolate and filled with dark chocolate truffle that melts out when heated. Did we mention dark chocolate! And, the Yuku Lime Cheesecake which consists of freshly squeezed Key limes, citrusy Yuzu juice, kaffir lime zest and grapefruit juice for a multi-dimensional depth of worldly citrus. The lime was nice and tart and the cake smooth and creamy. Both came delightfully decorated as works of art for true enjoyment for the senses.
We didn’t actually try the pizza but those who live in the area probably already know whether it is good or not and judging from the crowd, Michael Anthony’s was a good choice for our dinner. You never know what you will stumble upon when you drive down the road. We can’t wait to go back and sit on the rooftop deck, drink some Moscato, try their pizza and watch the sunset. Join us!
UPDATE: We had the chance to go back and sit on the rooftop terrace and order Michael Anthony’s famous wood-fired pizza. It did not disappoint. We ordered Toscana Pizza with Proscuitto, arugula, shaved parmesan (as seen below), which we highly suggest. Next time we visit we are going to try their Rustic Fig pizza with fig preserve, fresh mozzarella, arugula, walnuts, gorgonzola, with honey balsamic. We hear it’s on the sweet side but is very good. We also ordered the Frutti de Mare (Shrimp, calamari, clams over a bed of arugula dressed with olive oil, garlic and lemon, seen below) and it was very good. We also ordered the House Sangria which is only $3 a glass everyday, anytime, when they have it.
If the weather is good, sitting on the rooftop terrace is the place to be. The view over the Gulf Pond is amazing.