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Milo and Olive - Mediocre at best

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Milo and Olive - Mediocre at best

OC Mutt | May 5, 2014 03:07 PM

Saturday night we dined at Milo and Olive, and I could not be more underwhelmed. My jaw is still agape at what could possibly merit the slobbering effusive reviews and lines out the door. First of all, the physical setup of the place is absurd. A few communal tables and a bar. I've seen larger living rooms. Most importantly, the food. We had the Milo chopped salad, which was essentially a pizzeria salad that might be 10% better than one you'd get in a foil container from any take out joint. Decent, but it was nothing more than that. Then we ordered the sunchokes. I like sunchokes. These were sickeningly sweet, with a sugary glaze surrounding them. No balance, which is a theme for the chefs here - a complete lack of the concept of balance. Finally, we had two pizzas. The roasted potato with rosemary cream, caramelized onions, Parmigiano Reggiano, and the Burrata with La Quercia prosciutto, tomato sauce, arugula, olive oil, and sea salt. The Potato pizza was good. Not great, but good. It was by far the most put together dish that the restaurant served as far as flavor, compatibility of the flavor profiles and balance. The buratta pizza was a complete failure. I'll forgive them for the cold temperature (which I don't prefer), putting cold buratta on a pizza after cooking it and then covering it with cold arugula will reduce the temperature, but cannot forgive the flawed thought process behind its composition. The tomato sauce was hyper sweet and acidic, the buratta was cold and flavorless, the arugula didn't add anything to the dish, and the biggest failure was the prosciutto, no flavor at all. It painfully needed to be strong and salty in order to counter all of the other elements and it was literally nothing. The crusts were decent. Better than a take out joint, but not state of the art gourmet either. We didn't even bother to try the vaunted desserts because everything else was just painfully mediocre. My point is this, I can go to Pizzeria Mozza who BTW will accept a reservation, not wait outside on a bench forever to get in, sit like a civilized person at my own table, and eat pizza which is the same price but is literally 10 times better than the pizza and Milo and Olive, Oh, and I can get a spectacular salad, and get an amazing starter....and get a luscious memorable dessert. I guess if this place serves the purpose of reducing the crowds at Mozza, I'm all for it. But I'm not returning.

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