Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro
5132 Arden Way
Carmichael, CA 95608 916-779-0727
Owned by Matt and Yvette Woolston, proprietors of the Supper Club catering company who also operate the Crocker Art Museum’s cafe, Matteo’s serves up sophisticated yet family-friendly fare in a long-neglected corner of Carmichael. The location, a former Steve’s Pizza, lends itself to a globally inspired but mostly Italian pizza menu (like the signature Matteo, with Italian sausage, pepperoni, chorizo and bacon), but the bistro dishes, like a Niçoise salad with ahi or chicken, are equally delightful. For nibbles, try the tender buttermilk-fried calamari or Asiago polenta fries. The low-key setting means everybody from toddlers to high schoolers to grown-ups on a date will feel comfortable here; in nice weather, there’s also a spacious patio with an herb garden.