REVIEW: MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company

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Authentic Italian pies, atmosphere make MidiCi worth a trip to the mall

BY GINA DE LUCIA

 At MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company, the focus isn’t just on the pies. The space is a gorgeous mix of modern and industrial elements, an open floor plan and a large kitchen with white marble countertops and two gigantic wood-fired pizza ovens. There’s even a live olive tree right in the middle of the restaurant. All pretty unassuming, given its location inside of Tyrone Square Mall.

What makes MidiCi so special is the quality of the whole dining experience. Most of the food is non-GMO, all-natural and where it counts, imported from Italy. There are no freezers, unless you count the tiny one that houses the gelato. And then, of course, there is the Neapolitan pizza. The crust ingredients stay true to authentic pizza dough in Naples with only four ingredients – non-GMO “00” (double zero) flour imported from Naples, pure water, sea salt and live yeast.

If you know anything about Neapolitan pizza, you know that the Caputo 00 flour is the true test of authenticity. The “00” refers to a rating system and indicates it’s the most finely milled flour you can get your hands on – one that results in a light and airy crust. Since it’s wood-fired pizza, once you order it lands on your table in a matter of minutes.

Starters like the Burrata with Melon and Prosciutto is a great way to kick off your Italian food adventure. Burrata is a traditional cheese made with mozzarella and cream. I don’t often see melon with prosciutto on a menu. The soft texture and sweetness of the cantaloupe pairs perfectly with the salty Italian ham. The dish is served with a generous portion of fresh artisan bread baked in-house daily, and a creamy burrata, both drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

The house-made Angus Beef Meatballs with fresh mozzarella is another great starter.   These are not overpowered by breading fillers or salt, like some meatballs. Perhaps they slightly on the underseasoned side, but I much prefer that over the alternative of too spicy.

There are many sizeable salads to choose from on the menu. The Walnut & Gorgonzola Salad is a mix of baby arugula, mixed greens,  grape tomatoes and plenty of crunchy  walnuts. It’s topped with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and tossed in a housemade walnut and gorgonzola dressing.

We ordered the Prisoner’s Pizza, a Margherita-style pizza with a ricotta-stuffed crust. The name comes from the legend that drugs were smuggled into Naples prisons by stuffing them into the crust of the Neapolitan pizzas.

 I was on the verge of needing to be rolled out of the place, so opted to turn down the top-selling Nutella Calzone with fresh berries, the signature dessert. It is beautifully displayed behind the counter.

Be sure to look at the impressive drink menu  which includes gourmet Italian coffees  and even a gourmet tea collection. Or you may choose to imbibe in wine, domestic or craft beer (some local), or a craft cocktail. The Basil Fizz – gin, lime juice, soda, simple syrup and fresh basil – is a refreshing choice.

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company really has it all and is a fantastic addition to the St Petersburg dining scene. 

MIDICI NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY
Tyrone Square Mall
2424 Tyrone Blvd.
St. Petersburg fl
(727) 302-0777

Mymidici.com