Fine Italian Dining
Usually when Sally goes in to a newly opened restaurant she goes in with no pre-conceived notions as that would not be fair.
This is not the case with Angelo's. When we heard that Angelo DiFiore opened a new restaurant
we knew exactly what to expect due to the fact that we knew him very well from his former restaurant Chianti's and from Cafe
Gabriano. Angelo is a native Italian with extensive experience and training in fine italian cuisine.
Tonight when Sam
and I stopped in for dinner we were ready for a great meal and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is located in a
strip mall just a little north of Stickney Point Rd and once you step in to the restaurant you find yourself in a
cozy warmly decorated dining room with beautiful pictures and white linen table clothes and a Fresh Rose on each table. The
overall effect says "WELCOME" and that's just how we felt.
We were seated promptly and an excellent waiter greeted us immediately
as drinks were ordered and menus were left for our appraisal.
As we sipped our drinks we were drooling at the menu selections
and each one looked better that the next!
For an appetizer I ordered the Salsiccia e pepperoni which includes sausage, peppers and onions on toasted bread. This was a beautifully
presented dish that tasted even better than it looked. Next time I just might order two of these just for myself.
the Bruschetta (four bread tips covered with pieces of tomato and a homemade tomato sauce with lettuce and radicchio. This Bruschetta
was prepared the way that few restaurants are able to present it. The bread was toasted on the outside but the inside was still
soft and melted in your mouth. Too many restaurants give you bread that has been toasted so long that it's hard as a brick and
your lucky if you don't break a tooth. That is not the case at Angelo's, this is an appetizer that is absolutely heavenly.
As we took our time with these wonderful dishes the ever vigilant waiter made sure our every need was being catered too
and asked if we were happy with the food. We were!
Salsicia e peperoni
For an entree I selected the Zuppa di Pesce which is a mix of seafood in a light tomato broth over a bed of pasta. This dish
included chunks of white fish, shrimp, clams, mussels, baby squid and octopus mixed together in a beautiful homemade broth.
This dish tasted as good as it looked and it did taste delicious. As a matter of fact a woman at another table saw our selection
and I heard her tell her waiter she wanted that.
Sam ordered the Vitello Mamma Lucia which was thinly sliced veal that was so
tender you could cut it with a fork and was covered with a wonderful broth that included sliced egg plant and mushrooms and came with
a side of of pasta. This dish is based on a dish that Angelo learned from his mother. You can order the same meal with
either veal of chicken which I'm sure would be just as excellent tasting it's just what your in the mood for.
Both servings were
plentiful and to go boxes were needed and provided. No promises that they will be in the refrigerator in the morning when I
While Sam and I were both full I thought we owed it to ourselves to sample the desserts while we were there.
The dessert menu
has more selections than you usually see in such a menu and each item had a picture next to it and let me tell you there are many
many drool worthy selections on that menu.
Since I am Italian I had to try the Tiramisu which are layers of Lady Fingers
drenched with espresso and separated by mascarpone cream and dusted with cocoa powder. Take it from me as some one who has tried
Tiramisu in more restaurants than I can remember, this is one of if not the best Tiramisu I have ever had.
Sam ordered the "Profiteroles
World" which are four chocolate rolled cream puffs filled with Chantilly Cream and separated with little mountains of whipped
cream. These were absolutely to die for.
I figure it will take about 15 visits having 2 desserts per visit to try ever
dessert on the menu which is now on my bucket list.
6115 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
Vitello Mamma Lucia
Angelo prepares Pasta in a Parmesan Wheel Tableside
Limoncello and mixed berries
Angelo prepares Banana Foster Tableside
several dishes are being prepped before serving
Scallops and Pasta on Special this night
a fun night and great meal had by all