Michele Iuliano has long had a name for himself on the New York City restaurant scene.
As the owner of Luzzo’s, he developed a cult following for the traditional pizzas he serves at the East Village mainstay. In 2010, he opened Ovest, a sister restaurant to Luzzo’s in Chelsea. The pizzoteca—a blend of pizzeria, paninoteca and enoteca—quickly became popular for its delicious food, reasonable prices and convivial atmosphere.
Turning an eye to his hometown of Naples, Iuliano says that da Mikele is a natural extension of his oeuvre. “For me, it’s never been about money or popularity. It’s just about my passion for food, especially pizza and bread.”
Iuliano is the grandson of an acclaimed baker, and is a gifted panettiere in his own right, and he attributes the popularity of his pizza crusts to his bread-making expertise. Da Mikele’s menu features plenty of pizza, as well as outlets for other bread creations at which Iuliano is an expert—foccacia, friselle and ciambella among them.