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Dinner at Angeli Caffe

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Dinner at Angeli Caffe

DB | Mar 16, 2006 07:05 PM

Ate her last night with my sister who had just flown in from Salt Lake City, where they received about a foot of snow yesterday morning. The weather here feels positively balmy to her.

We got there about 20 minutes before our reservation and so we stopped at El Guapo first. The chips, the salsa, the margarita...all meh. I pounded the margarita and then decided to stick to water at Angeli.

They bring out awesome bread to start. Awesome. It's chewy, dense and sort of salty. Also some olive oil to dip it in. I could have eaten the whole mini loaf myself. We ordered the insalata caprese and the frittura mista to share to start.

I know that now's not the time of year to be ordering caprese salads, but I wanted something light like a salad, but minus the greens. The tomatoes were actually decently flavorful for March and the mozzarella was good. This salad probably rocks in its simplicity during the summer.

The frittura mista. Wow. I could have this as an entree all by myself. Or have it as a starter and then again as an entree. It includes potato croquettes with salame and smoked mozzarella, eggplant croquettes, and rice croquettes stuffed with mozzarella. All with a delicious, kinda spicy red sauce to dip in.

After that we shared their vegetarian pizza: zucchini, eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, fresh tomato, onions, tomato-basil sauce, mozzarella. The only real vegetables I could distinguish here were the mushrooms and the tomatoes. And apparently they're saving all the pretty tomatoes for the caprese because these were a tad underripe looking. But the crust was yummy, especially the parts with crispy, bubbly cheese. It didn't matter too much since we were already fairly full from the fried goodness of the frittura mista.

Only complaint was that the waiter was kind of a jerk. Our meal took about an hour and then we waited 45 minutes for the check. After everything had been cleared (we had an awesomely attentive busboy and that's the whole reason I didn't skimp on the tip). When he I politely waived to him after 30 minutes he acted snippy. Odd. So odd that we laughed about it alot. Totaly with tax, 20% tip, and just water to drink + $41.

Can't wait to go back, but may try to avoid that particular server.

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