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Milo and Olive, Pizzas and Garlic Knots, a Mini-Review and Photos

PeterCC May 14, 2012 09:55 PM

We decided to try Milo and Olive tonight, takeout. I placed the order and my wife picked it up about a half hour later. We got two of the garlic knots, the cauliflower pizza for my wife, and the shrimp pizza for me, sharing everything with our kids.

The pizzas were smaller than I hoped but not as small as I feared. They were cut into quarters, and one would be small enough (or big enough, depending on your perspective) to feed one (hungry) adult. I think probably the ideal would be for two adults to split one pizza and one side dish, like a garlic knot.

Speaking of which, it's best to think of the garlic knot as a boule of pizza dough, but instead of holding clam chowder like its more well known cousin the sourdough boule, it holds an amazing amount of garlic, at least one whole bulb's worth, possibly more, mixed with olive oil. The garlic does not appear to be roasted beforehand--no caramelization visible--but is as soft and spreadable as roasted garlic is. (It would actually be a cute little appetizer to serve at a party, in the boule, along with some crostini and tapanade.)

Note to Self: When one's kids do not want to eat the garlic, it is okay to scoop the copious cloves out for oneself, but it is not okay to eat all of it in one sitting. There actually is too much of a good thing, in a very short span of time at least. The garlic and olive oil, without the bread, is quite potent on a semi-empty stomach.

The pizzas were very good. I had a bite of the cauliflower pizza, and it was quite nice, with the rosemary cream and fresh vegetables, though it's not generally my thing. The shrimp pizza was excellent. The shrimp was plump and "snappy" and not overcooked, and the tomato, onions, and especially the fresh oregano really made for a nice combination. I did something decadent with half the pizza, and that was scooping some of the aforementioned "extra" garlic from the knot onto the slices. It totally overpowered the rest of the ingredients, but boy was it good!

Everything, including the garlic knots, did fine as takeout. They put the knots in soup containers the perfect size for them. The knots still have their string, though they were "missing" the extra piece of dough that's tied off (my wife had purloined them on the way home, apparently). My wife also got a brioche from the bakery that was really good just by itself, and would probably be even better made into french toast or bread pudding.

I do want to go back and try the marinated artichokes, the roasted prawns, and the crispy duck leg (among other things).