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One of the best dining experiences in Los Angeles!

Years ago, a friend took me to Miceli’s Italian Restaurant in Universal City, California. It was a bustling Saturday night. We walked through the doors and I felt like I’d stepped through a magical portal. The decor, from the large 3D murals to the stained glass windows, made me feel like I was in Italy, in much the same way that the Blue Bayou Restaurant in California's Disneyland transports me to New Orleans.

The pianist finished playing a show tune medley. And then… one of the waiters stepped up to the piano and started singing. I later learned that, every day after 6PM, the waiters and waitresses at Miceli's take turns singing songs ranging from oldies to opera to Disney music to Broadway show tunes. Having spent my teen and young adult years performing in musical theater, I felt right at home. From that night on, Miceli’s became THE place for me to go when I wanted some atmosphere with my dining-out experience, which I usually do.

Over the past twelve years, I’ve dined at Miceli’s numerous times. Although the singing is usually the highlight of the dining experience, the food is tasty, from the complimentary soft, warm rolls to the desserts. My favorite things to order are the fried zucchini appetizer, the eggplant cacciatore entrée, and the freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with ice cream for dessert. Regardless of what we order, from chicken to pizza to pasta, my family and friends and I never have a bad meal at Miceli’s.

When someone is celebrating a birthday, and someone always seems to be, the waiters and waitresses serenade the birthday person, but they do not sing the traditional Happy Birthday Song. The Miceli’s waiters and waitresses have a bunch of different birthday songs to choose from, so, even when there are multiple people celebrating that evening, the song is a surprise every time.

The restaurant has a nice little bar, where I’ve sat on busy nights while waiting for a table. There’s often a wait for a table on Saturday nights, but on the weekdays, we are usually seated right away. There is lots of metered street parking and complimentary valet parking, so, even on busy nights, parking is never a problem.

I did this most recently in 2017, in Universal City, California.

Jen (California, USA)
P.S. In the novel Lost in Los Angeles (about a young woman who travels to L.A. looking for a reason to live), the characters share a dinner at Miceli's restaurant, in addition to other bucket-list-worthy L.A. experiences. Check out Lost in Los Angeles by J.W. Lynne on