3655 W Cahuenga Blvd, Universal City, CA | Directions 9002834.134741 -118.361096
Review your bill carefully! – The waitstaff are all wanna be theatre people and most of them have major attitude problems. You get the feeling they're taking it on you because they are serving food instead of walking the red carpet.
What really bothers me though is the fact that the bill always seems just ever so slightly padded. For example, I usually pay $5.50 for a small side of spaghetti, but today, it was suddenly $8.50. The waitress explained that (surprise!!) the price went up -- from last week?? Also, on more than one occasion, I find that an 18% gratuity is automatically added onto the bill which would be expected for a large party (say 5 people or more), but a party of 3??
Not A Pleasant Experience!!! – I visited this restaurant with a $25.00 certificate that was given to me. When we received the bill, I thought that I had left plenty of $$$$ for the bill and tip. However, I was wrong!! I was hunted down in the parking lot and asked for an additional $5.00 for tip. I was embarassed and humiliated!! A wonderful dining experience turned into a nightmere.
food wasn't good – sorry but had to write a review... yes everyone is right. The food is awlful.. This is a restaurant! One of the number one priority must be the food! Pizza was crusty and didn't taste good. The marinara sauce wasnt good. The fried plater was tasteless....please please managment.. this is a restaurant! Not an italian cafe. Get some fresh mozzerall bruchetta, caprese, fresh product ingrediants! Make your pasta homemade! Make homemade FRESH food!! Your stuff is cafeteria quality. Please management fix this!!!!!
Great place to meet up with friends and enjoy great food! – Miceli's is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. The Italian food is great, the servers grab the mic and sing a song in between taking your order and delivering your food, and as long as you have a reservation...you won't wait too long for a table (just make sure that your entire party is there on time - or you won't get a seat). Miceli's is a fun place to take friends who might be visiting from out of town, or simply to grab a great meal whenever you'd like. Mangia!
If you like Italian food there are better alternatives. – When you walk into a place like Miceli's which has live music from the servers, you would expect a great authentic Italian meal. The atmosphere says this, but the food and the service do not. The calamari was dull and bready, marsala sauce was thick and the linguine with clams was good, but looked like it was a soup with the amount of oil and butter in it. Our server was basically a bus boy and didn't suggest anything and seemed to be more interested in singing her broadway musicals( That was the type of music all the servers sang that night) than taking care for her tables. I would recommend Tony's on Lankershim and actually Macaroni Grill over Miceli's anyday for the food. Micelli's has one thing going for it and that is the ability for large parties.
Shockingly Awful – Last night, my friend and the evening's celebrated birthday girl gushed, "I love this place." My jaw dropped. I'm not sure on which level I was most saddened by last night- as a foodie, an Italian, or a singer.
The decor was full of bad Italian stereotypes: the obnoxious Christmas lights, plastic checked tablecloths, and the God-awful murals complete with an angel that looks like Joey Fatone. We Italians pride ourselves on our art and design aesthetic which the world seeks to emulate. Zero of that here.
Fried calamari is a pretty good barometer for the quality of food at an Italian restaurant. Good calamari is fresh, crisp, firm without being rubbery, and delicately flavored. Miceli's Calamari was a frozen pile of greasy cr@p indistinguishable from something you might see at Long John Silver's.
My fillet of sole was like a sad old man wrapped in a garish cape. The flesh was mushy and flavorless. The zucchini were overcooked, and the whole thing was drowned in lemon and garlic.
My boyfriend's entree was even worse. $14 for a reheated frozen pizza. Yes, the kind you can buy in the freezer aisle for $3. He wants his $11 back.
And the singers... Lord bless them they were trying. The selections were a least-common-denominator group of show tunes and arias that most people would recognize from TV or pasta sauce commercials. There was a sadness to the way they ran about collecting orders, then stopping to belt out two songs with the same gusto as they say "would anybody care for dessert?". The sopranos were mercifully accurate, and there was one good baritone. But the whole thing had a rushed karaoke feel about it. I've been to the Starlite Diner in NYC where the singing waiters really entertain and you hang on their every note.
Our bill came out to $63. What a waste of money - we could have had some real Italian food and cabaret tickets.
For real Italian, try Fratelli's in Montrose.
For pizza, Brownstone Pizza, Nicky D's, or Hard Times.
IMPOSTER OF ITALIAN FOOD YUCK – What a shame it is that a restaurant by the name of "Miceli's" would advertise its self as "authentic italian food from Old Chicago" When in reality it makes Pizza Hut sound like a true roman restaurant from the glory days of Julius Ceasar Augustus. This place is as bland as they come. Magic Mountain Pizza and Pasta put it to shame. I saw a rodent scurry from a disregarded slice in the alley. This place is a classic example of all that is wrong with America today. The shinny vineer looks spectacular, but on the inside its disintigrating to the core. My gastro-intestinal system will need at least a full month to recouperate from the penny flour and sugary sauced mess that Miceli's assaulted it with. If you are looking for the real thing go elsewhere!!!! For this place is a repulsive example of a false advertising.
YUCK! – I ordered Fettuccini Carbonara what a bad experience! The sauce was so saucey. It's suppose to be thick and none garlic taste. Well NOT Garlic-y!!! Seems like they used a entire onion. To me it seemed like there was more onion rather than noodles. The service SUCKED!! They took a long time to serve us. They sat us in a emergency seating area. Were they think your with a table but not with the table. It's so complicated to explain. But 3 waiters came up asked if we have been helped. So we ended up with 3 waiters. The only thing they are good for was offering us free appetz. wooo peeeee.. I was just very disappointed with the pasta.
Best damn drinks in town!!!! – I went down there on a Friday night. Excellent pizza, ellegant entertainment, and the Bar tender was extreamly nice and made me the best damn drink that had in years!!!!
Don't know why people would go out of their way to come.. – I live within walking distance and come several times. The pasta is below average - tasteless tomato sauce and overcooked ziti. The ambiance is fun and silly but I don't know why people would drive out of their way to come here. When I first moved in I heard people tell me "OH you are so lucky to live by Miceli's!" The wait on a weekend is way too long to walk-in. The drinks are very inconsistent at the bar, the food isn't good (the cheeze pizza is yummy but overpriced). Once I came with a large group, we were seated in a booth way too small for us and then ignored for 15 minutes. I had to stop 2 busboys and 1 waiter to even get water. After nobody acknowledged us after all the requesting we all walked out. In the lobby we were stopped by a man behind the host booth who told me to enjoy my evening and I politely told him how we hadn't been served. He said he was the manager and immediately asked us to please stay and eat dinner on him. The whole bill was comped (there was 6 of us who ate full meals). Of course we tipped very well and had a great time but overall I would not recommend this place. Especially reading other users experiences complaining!
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