IL Angolo - NY prices, midwest portion
I was in Appleton, Wisconsin last weekend and tried out Il Angolo ( 201 N Appleton St
(920) 993-8811 )
Billed as a Mediterranean restaurant, the place serves a wide array of fresh seafood. To start we had a round of appetizers and main course fish options. The fried goat cheese with honey was great and topped with delicious pea shoots. I had the mussels with chorizo and a touch of cream - excellent fresh mussels. The tuna ceviche with fried plantains also tasty and the appetizer portion of the crab cakes didn't disappoint.
For main courses, BF had the corvino, which came with a spicy sauce, but was really fresh and good. I had an amazing macadamia nut crusted sea bass with a Dijon cream sauce and goat cheese mashed potatoes (great idea, but I'm not sure I could taste goat cheese necessarily). The other entrees were crab crepes - incorrectly spelled as "creaps" on the menu, but good nonetheless - and seared tuna steak - perfectly pink in the center.
Each entre comes with a choice of side - the aforementioned goat cheese potatoes, potato hash, artichokes in a tomato sauce, garlic mashed and a few others and a choice of soup or salad. They also served a great olive tapenade with the warm, tasty bread.
We got a great pouilly fuse recommended by the bar and finished things off with a goat cheese cheesecake and a decadent flourless chocolate cake.
Okay, now here's the deal with this place. They have a fairly sparse regular menu with entrees hovering around the $18-22 price point. Then, they have an extensive specials list with all the fresh fish and new appetizers. The waiters steer you to the specials and with good reason, they were great. However, and this is a HUGE pet peeve of mine, there are NO PRICES listed on the specials. We're dealing with fish and the preparations seem elaborate, so you have to figure more, and you'd be right. The specials hover around a $35 price point. We knew that going in so there were no surprises when the bill came, but it irks me to no end when restaurants to that. No one wants to have a prolonged "How much does this cost" conversation when ordering and they must have some pretty surprised guests when they find out how much things are. I just think being up front and honest saves everyone the hassle later.
Good place - New York City prices, but NYC quality in the heart of the heartland. Oh, and Midwestern portion sizes. HUGE! From the appetizers to dessert, this was a ton of food.