Venue Review: Angela's Ristorante Italiano
The Charlotte Observer
The prices at Angela's were a little higher than what I expected for a restaurant in a strip mall. Still, if you want to treat yourself to a meal out, Angela's is a worthy choice.
Angela's is near the corner of Margaret Wallace and Idlewild, in the Mintworth Village shopping center. Visit Angela's before 2:30 p.m. for the bargains. Just about every menu category features entrée specials that are $1 cheaper than the listed price. The specials also include a free drink.
Once we ordered, the hard-working, attentive staff delivered baskets of bread, bottles of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Crusty on the outside and fluffy inside, this was one of the reasons we ended up taking food home. The other reason we had leftovers was due to Angela's enormous portions.
Half of my sausage and pepper sub went into a box. The half I did manage to eat combined slices of mild sausage and thick slices of green pepper inside a crisp roll. There was just enough tomato sauce to keep the sandwich moist but not make the bread soggy.
What I liked about Angela's baked ziti Siciliana was that the pasta, cheese, chopped eggplant and sauce weren't squished together into one unrecognizable lump. And I could have eaten vats of the faintly sweet tomato sauce. The ricotta and mozzarella cheeses gave the entrée a wonderful creaminess.
Our server forgot we ordered the antipasto all'Angela - which consisted of clams casino, mussels marinara, chicken Parmigana, stuffed eggplant and stuffed mushrooms. As a result, it showed up midway through our meal. Incredibly, we managed to eat it all anyway. The credit goes to the staff that prepared it. After the sweetness of the tomato sauce, the saltiness of the bacon in the clams casino was a nice surprise. Slices of soft garlic hid inside each mussel. Creamy ricotta cheese oozed out of the stuffed mushrooms and eggplant.
With a final bill of $34.75, we blew our budget of $25 for two. Still, I felt like I'd gotten my money's worth. And besides, the housemade tomato sauce alone is worth a visit.