How does one follow a decadent, amazingly fresh Urasawa extravaganza?
With Italian goodness topped off ala White Truffles. I can die now.
Place: Angelia Osteria, Wednesday, 12/14 - 7:30 PM
Myself + 1 guest (a date!)
Ratings in brief:
Ambiance - B-
If you're looking for privacy, this is not the place. VERY small, but warm and festive, if you have the right attitude.
Service - B
Our verrrry Italian waiter had a nice attentive flow, but not an Oh My God the SERVICE sorta flow. He was good.
Food (Taste) - A
Ah yeah, the food was TASTY. And the textures!
Food (Presentation) - A-
Any place that does table-side fish carving has me swooning.
Wine/Drinks - B+
Super nice wine menu and lots of delish options.
Value - B+
Yes, it's pricy, and there's limited ambiance, but it is ALL about the food, and when it's THIS good - why the hell not.
Overall Experience - A-
This is my favorite LA Italian eatery.
It all started with a date invite from a very cute Italian boy, who lamented that since he's moved here from the east coast, he's never found a good Italian joint. That's a challenge no self-respecting Hound would turn down. Angelini was my top choice. I aimed to impress.
I warned him that we would likely be sitting on the laps of the nice people next to us - there's just a smattering of tables and they are stacked a few breaths away. This does not detour me - somehow the noise level never gets unacceptable. A good tip - sit at the counter if you're on a casual outing - great people watching and just a shade more spacious.
We scored a corner table. The specials menu still featured White Truffles. I squealed happily and started ordering like my wallet had not recently experienced Urasawa. Ahem.
Heavenly olive bread and french crusty chewy morsels. Oven-fresh. And olive oil that is clearly a cut above your average bottle.
My date ordered us 1/2 bottle of red for the first courses and white for the second half - I'm not sure what we were drinkin', but the relatively vast array of options was fantastic. Oh, and the wine rocked.
We split the antipasto plate with burrata, salami, proscuitto, and few other sliced meaty treats. The burrata was a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cheese orgy. So, SO good.
White Truffles. Did I mention those? I don't care how expensive they are, I MUST HAVE THEM. We had ours on Angelini's freshly made pasta - lightly dense and smooth threads coated in buttery goodness and loaded with truffle shavings. My date had never experienced the white variety, and we all but licked the plate clean. We were tempted, believe me.
I had my favorite Angelni dish - the whole Branzino, roasted in sea salt, and searved with mashed potatoes and veggies. A fish carver cuts it up table-side in grand fashion. The freshness and texture of this fish is something you must experience - the saltiness is perfectly controlled. I absolutely love this dish.
My date had a massive, tender, oozing and amazing seared bone-in steak, cooked medium rare, and surprisingly flavorful. It affirmed that this place just doesn't seem to dish out a bad one. Everything at Angelini rocks.
We were food coma-tized in a big way and wanted to have a night cap elsewhere, so no dessert - but the Red Cow parmigiana is to die for, by the way - I love a good cheese dessert course, and Angelini delivers.
My date graciously dove for the bill, so I'm not sure what the final damage was, but my best guess is about $200 before tip (white truffles just don't come cheap).
Heaven times 2.