First Bite: Matteo's Pizza & Bistro

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This past Saturday I had the chance to check out Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro, which officially opened the night before in Carmichael’s Five Points shopping center. The newest venture of Matt and Yvette Woolston of the Supper Club, Matteo’s is already cranking out some great pizzas (don’t miss the fabulous Californian, slathered with a rich garlic cream, then topped with chunks of organic chicken, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese) – but there’s also an enticing lineup of appetizers and entrees available for non-pizza eaters. Items I’ll be back for on my second visit include the buttermilk-fried calamari and the pink peppercorn cumin-rubbed sirloin steak. The Woolstons have a great draft beer selection, and a cute little kids’ menu which includes a fragrant plateful of macaroni and cheese – “the best I’ve ever tasted,” declared my enthusiastic 7 year old. Bring the family and check it out.

5132 Arden Way, Carmichael, (916) 779-0727; http://pizzamatteo.blogspot.com