Taking some great friends there for dinner; is this the right choice for great Italian?
That's a great choice for Italian. I'm a big fan of the branzino last time I was there. Nearby, also consider All'Angelo, Osteria Mozza and La Terza, but in my opinion, you're not going to go wrong by going to Angelini.
Used to be better...for once, I agree with SIV's recent review...when it opened, great food, reasonable prices, fantastic wine list. Now the food is more uneven (though still pretty good), wine list is weak and pricey, and there are more options in town.
An example would be the fritto misto...they now serve it in a little basket. Portion is much smaller, and presentation makes food at bottom of basket get soggy. Don't really know what they were thinking.
I still like it, but when it runs close to $75 pp, there are many more options in town.
I think Sauce Supreme says it all with his fine recommendations, they are all are favorites also, except for O' Mozza which doesn't even have a Italian Speaking Waiter?
We dine at Angelini at least once a month if not more and would have agreed with SIV a couple of months ago but in the last 3 weeks we have had amazing food at Angelini in fact we will be there tonight. All Angelo and Terza (new chef Lucca) have been really good lately also.
I've eaten there twice in the last 2 1/2 months and I just don't get what everyone raves about. First time was with two girlfriends for dinner. I had the spaghetti with eggplant, was fresh, but nothing great. Other friends felt the same about their food (one had the chicken, other had fish). Went with husband about 3 weeks ago and again, was under whelmed. We had the fritto misto, which was okay, not great and I had the pumpkin tortellini and husband had the veal. Dessert, apple tart, was fine, but again, nothing special. Prefer the one meal I had over the summer at La Terza.
We enjoyed dinner there tonight with Six people and were blown away.
Angelini was buzzing and totally full all night. We arrived at 6:30 and left at 11:00pm, stuffed.
Every dish you (Snoopy) mentioned we've never had so I can't comment on them?
We had a small TM (75-ea).
Some of the first dishes were Amuses (Marinated Fish, Skate wing sauteed, Eggplant layered w/ sauce) , then dinner started with Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Seared Scallop, Asparagus Sauce w/ Wild Salmon, Killer Scramble Egg with Fresh White Truffles on Toast Points, Gnocchi w/ fresh Lobster, Pasta w/ Sausage, Whole Baked Halibut for Six (amazing), Rack of Lamb, Cheese Platter, 3 types of dessert x 2.
Service was spot on.
Just went for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was great. The whole branzino was perfectly moist, the lasagna verde was one of the best I've had, and the special roast pork leg was amazingly juicy. Will return.