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the whole animal

Slow roasted porchetta at Michael's Pizzeria is served on a pizza or as an entree.

Slow roasted porchetta at Michael’s Pizzeria is served on a pizza or as an entree.

This summer Michael’s Restaurant Group in Long Beach is featuring the “whole animal” menu at all three of its restaurants: Michael’s Pizzeria, Michael’s On Naples, and Chianina. The whole animal concept involves utilizing the entire animal in a variety of menu options. I was lucky enough to sample many of these delicious offerings. Here’s what you have to look forward to –

Chef loads a pizza into the wood burning pizza oven at Michael's Pizzeria.

Chef loads a pizza into the wood burning pizza oven at Michael’s Pizzeria.

Housemade fennel sausage with rapine and garlic pizza.

Housemade fennel sausage with rapine and garlic pizza.

Duck prosciutto, goat cheese mousse, mission fig and aged balsamic at Michael's On Naples.

Duck prosciutto, goat cheese mousse, mission fig and aged balsamic at Michael’s On Naples.

Chef David Coleman carves a whole duck at Michael's Of Naples.

Chef David Coleman carves a whole duck at Michael’s Of Naples.

Whole Liberty Farm duck with lavender and local honey.

Whole Liberty Farm duck with lavender and local honey.

Smoked duck neck with homemade cavatelli pasta.

Smoked duck neck with homemade cavatelli pasta.

Corned beef tongue, pickled ramps, rye bread crostini and mustard seed vinaigrette. Truly great!

Corned beef tongue, pickled ramps, rye bread crostini and mustard seed vinaigrette at Chianina. Truly great!

Bacon gelato at Chianina -  this actually works!

Bacon gelato at Chianina – this actually works!

I love the emphasis of the whole animal menu. It forces you to try things you may not have considered gourmet in past. Chef David Coleman’s menu is successful at all three restaurants. Cheers to new food experiences in Long Beach!

sip at the renaissance

Seasonally inspired cocktails at Sip Lounge.

Seasonally inspired cocktails at Sip Lounge.

Janine Falvo of Top Chef season 9 is the new executive chef for Sip Lounge at the newly remodeled Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach. Chef Falvo’s creativity along with her ocean-to-table focus make this an exciting spot to keep your eye on!

Try the Ahi poke with watermelon and jicama tacos - super refreshing!

Try the Ahi poke with watermelon and jicama tacos – super refreshing!

My favorite dish of the evening = grilled octopus with fava beans. Love the sardine cans she uses for presentation!

My favorite dish of the evening = grilled octopus with fava beans. Love the sardine cans she uses for presentation!

Sip is located at 111 East Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach, California 90802. Phone: 562-437-5900. Hours: 11am – 12am. HAPPY HOUR is everyday from 5-7pm!