Angelo's Cafe and Bistro Freehold NJ
- shabbystorm Apr 20, 2009 12:17 PM
Looks like a new Italian restaurant will be opening soon on Main Street in Freehold NJ. Let us know if anyone sees it open or gives it a try.
Stopped in here today, they will have a formal take out menu in the next few days.
The restaurant is not a typical pizzeria, it is a cozier restaurant, with a wood oven. They offer Northern, Southern, and americanized italian dishes, wood oven pizza, and create your own salad which starts with a romaine, masculine, and baby spinach base. Looks like they may have singing at dinner. Again did not try anything..and no affliation to Angelo's on Rt 9.
My family and I went in here last night for a late dinner. We went in at 9:00 and they were closing at 10. Place was pretty crowded and smelled good! There was seating outside and inside of the restaurant. We had the escarole con fagioli. It's escarole with beans in a little bit of broth. The plate had slivers of garlic. We loved it. My daughter had the kids chicken parmigiana with spaghetti. It didn't turn out to be spaghetti. Instead it was penne. She liked it alot. I had the linguini with meatballs and peas. MMMMMM!!!!! The meatballs were really really good! Not like some of the meatballs I've had where they were hard and there. This was soft and chewy! My husband had the gnocchi with basil pesto. He loved it. The restaurant boasted of homemade pastas but I didn't taste any. I guess they were out of it by the time we got there. The only complaint I have about this place is the service. It was service with a snarl. The hostess was our waitress. I can understand if she was busy seating people down but we were the last people going in. It took her a while to get us our menu when she remembered it. The time between the apps and the entrees took 30 mins because she forgot to look over our way to see if we finished. I would give this place a try again. The food is great!
BTW, the owner sings too!
So, in my never ending search for a Keste-like pizza experience closer to home I found myself on Main St in Freehold. I thought hmmm - cranky guy from Naples, hot burning oven, small pizzas - game on.
I got a margheritta to keep it as plain as possible. It was not bad at all, but, of course my bar is set very high and it didn't come close. I will certainly give this place a chance and get some other food there one day soon. But tomorrow I am heading for the Village in NYC and Keste.
Went to Angelo's for a mini-family celebration of my daughter's 16th birthday on a Tuesday night. It's on Main Street in Freehold, on the courthouse side of the street, about a block from the "main" Freehold restaurants. What a welcome addition to Freehold! The brick oven margarita pizza was very good --- thin, crispy crust with a flavorful (yet not overpowering) sauce and just the right amount of mozzarella and basil. I won't say it's the best I've ever had, but it was very good. We had a party of 8 --- including one native Italian. I had the homemade gnocchi with light pink sauce, tomatoes, mozzarella & basil and thought it was surprisingly good. The native Italian thought it was a bit too al dente, but I felt it was just right. I am not a fan of mushy gnocchi. The salad was good, penne with vodka sauce good, penne with chicken good (not sure what sauce, but the feedback was positive). This is a smallish restaurant with a fairly open & comfortable atmosphere. The service was a bit slow, but we didn't mind. It reminds me of the dinners I've had with family in Italy -- relaxed and slow. A bottle of good red to sip while your dinner is being prepared is a must.
(It's a BYO). The real treat is the owner, Angelo, who sings Italian songs now and then throughout the night. He has a mic and a soundtrack behind him and I must say, the guy can sing! His little grandson (8 yrs. old) joined him at one point and sang Volare. Adorable ... and on pitch! The guests all enjoyed the entertainment -- applause, smiles all around. This is not a fancy restaurant and it's not a pizzeria. The "bistro" isn't entirely an accurate reflection, but it's close. Overall, I highly recommend it. Good vibes, nice atmosphere. And you do NOT have to be Italian to enjoy the singing.