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L'Angolo (Blue Bell)

Enjoy Good Food | | Aug 9, 2012 06:11 PM

I finally got to experience L'Angolo today. This is the replacement restaurant formerly operated as Chef Salvatore. I recall numerous good (not fabulous) meals at Chef Salvatore but none of them compared to the lunch that I enjoyed today under new ownership. The new owner is very welcoming in a reserved kind of way. The waitress was likewise: cordial, efficient and very professional. The restaurant has been tastefully redecorated and the new look is much lighter and brighter. (Compare this to the Blue Bell Inn where one needs a flashlight to navigate. (smile) The tempo of the dining room was upbeat. People at the bar and at tables and booths seemed to be enjoying their meals and everyone was interacting nicely with the owner (who was in constantly motion working) and the waitress. The room was busy (not packed) and every table seemed to be handled efficiently and cordially. My companion thoroughly enjoyed freshly made gnocchi with shrimp scampi sauce, and my clams (chopped plus in-the-shell) over spaghetti was notably more tasty than I received from the previous proprietor. Bread was tasty and accompanied by a complex house rendition of an olive oil based dipping sauce. That was a unique treat. A nice addition to this location is that a variety of draft beers is available, including Peroni -- a light Italian brew which happens to be a favorite of mine. At the finish today's lunch, my dining partner wanted to share Tiramisu. I wasn't eager, as too often tiramisu just doesn't live up to what it's supposed to be. But L'Angolo makes it's own tiramisu and it was absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS. It beautifully presented with decorative dollops of mascarpone and mini-sides of fresh fruit. I do not recall eating more delicious tiramisu anywhere. On our way out of the restaurant, I noticed that they offer an antipasto buffet (didn't catch the price) near the bar. The grilled and marinated offerings looked so enticing that I'll definitely pursue that option in the future. Finally, I cannot finish this review without mentioning the condition of the restroom. The ladies restroom is attractively decorated, completely functional (no broken/non-working fixtures!) and spotless -- how extraordinary is that! This geographic location in Blue Bell has housed quite a few restaurants over the years. Let's hope that L'Angolo stays alive for a long, long time. I'll be wanting to return many times.

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