Went to L'angolo on Saturday based on the great reviews it has gotten here and by some friends. The dining room is very nicely decorated and inviting. The staff was friendly enough, although they were clearly more so with those patrons who were ordering more expensive entrees (heard them say it was their first time too, so they weren't repeat customers). The food: we (two of us)had the grilled calamari and the baked mushrooms with smoked mozzarella. Grilled calamari was the most tender I've ever eaten. Really good and the high point of the meal! The mushrooms were good and earthy, but they were in a pool of oil and it didn't seem to be olive oil, so it kind of made it greasy and heavy once we got to the bottom of the dish. We had the lobster ravioli and the gnocchi with shrimp for entrees; the ravioli were good, not the best I've had, but good. They were a little bit chewier than I like and the cream sauce was too loose to cling to the pasta, though. The gnocchi were in the same sauce and were a kind of unappetizing greyish color. We thought that these were worse than the ravioli; not as tender as we've had at Langostino's. They skimped on the shrimp; there were probably 8 pre-cooked, tail on shrimp that had been thrown in at the last minute. Shared a piece of marsarpone cheesecake that was really rich and creamy.
Overall, if I get a pasta craving again, I'll go to Langostino. Friendlier staff no matter who you are, better pasta, more generous with the seafood (on our second visit, they even subbed langostinos for shrimp in a pasta dish without us asking, for no extra cost). The decor there isn't that good, but who cares?
Now, if I could take an order of the grilled calamari from L'angolo with me that would be great!