Best kept secret in the valley
I don't tell just anybody about Michelina's, this place is the best kept cuisine secret in the valley! Everybody who has tried it agrees with me, it's the best Italian food around.
The first time you go keep a very sharp eye out lest you pass it. They are located in a iffy looking strip mall where the neighbors are a pawn shop and a bail bonds place. It's immediately on the south side of Shea about 100 feet west of the 51 on ramp. The front isn't much to look at, but once you walk through the door it is a completely different experience. The first thing you will notice is the intimate ambiance and huge arrangements of fresh flowers throughout.
Michelina herself opened it about 15 years ago and on a Friday or Saturday night she can still be found in the kitchen stirring something delectable. If you get lucky she might even escape from the kitchen for a minute to ask you personally how the food was.
If you like fish Michelina's market fresh fish is always fantastic, if slightly pricey ($20-35). My favorite dish is still the chicken fettuccine alfredo. It's always perfect from the seasoned grilled chicken, to the rich alfredo, to the home made pasta.
The deserts are amazing, and always freshly made. She makes something that I can never remember the name of that has fresh strawberries topped with a light whipped cream and rum concoction that you have to try.
The service is prompt and unobtrusive. There are 3 bad tables by the kitchen that they will give you if you call and demand a reservation that night, so make sure to call ahead a few days.