Milo and Olive
Photo credit: miloandolive.com
For my last meal “dining out” (we technically picked up the food for to-go), Milo & Olive was the choice. I was supposed to have dinner with Ben and Danno a couple of Fridays ago, but I was needed at the apartment. So the guys were nice enough to come over and eat in. I had actually already ate a light dinner beforehand, but couldn’t refuse the offer, so I thought of places we could order to-go/delivery from. Somehow, Milo & Olive came to my attention, and I decided to order from there (FYI: they have curbside service).
So Ben and Danno picked up the pizzas, three of them. One of the sausage. It seems like every one of these gourmet pizza places needs to have a signature sausage pie on the menu, and this one was supposed to be their specialty. It was a good pizza, though I wasn’t too impressed. Same thoughts go out to the mushroom one. But the butternut squash one was a pleasant surprise. What was supposed to the be the third option turned out to be my favorite of the night. The squash and onions worked well together, and an egg on top is icing on the cake.
I liked the pizzas from Milo & Olive. The crust, the heart and soul of a pizza, was very solid. Nothing that amazes, but has a nice crisp texture and is just thin enough. What does amaze me is that they were able to get such results using whole-wheat flour. You don’t have to order just pizzas however, as they have some other stuff like pasta and other rustic dishes that are similar to what you’d find at big brother Rustic Canyon, along with a bunch of baked goods that earned raves from LA Weekly. Overall though, the best pizza within walking/jogging distance to me.
House Made Pork Belly Sausage ($17) – braised greens, tomato, fresh mozzarella
Mixed Mushroom ($20) – Fontina, Parmigiano Reggiano, thyme
Butternut Squash ($18) – fresh mozzarella, caramelized onion, sage, brown butter, farm egg
Chris Hei grade: B
Milo and Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403