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Richmond - Angelo’s Deli – Macindona Candita & Smoked/Rotisserie Willie Birds

rworange | Dec 23, 2005 11:12 PM

This store on the corner of MacDonald and San Pablo sells sandwiches, salads, Italian groceries and desserts.

On one visit there was a huge turkey in the Rotisserie. They sell roasted Willie Bird turkey’s for $2.19 lb. They also have smoked Willie Bird duck, chicken, and other birds. They make their own roast beef using top round. They sell spiral ham too.

There’s a small cheese case where you can reach into a jar and buy a pepperoni for 99 cents. That’s where they were keeping the Macindona Candita which is some sort of Italian chopped dried fruit. I could find nothing on the web about what this is.

There is some good looking squares of tiramisu as well as Just Dessert cakes and Cassandra’s pies and peach cobbler.

There’s a daily special and they sell house-made lasagna, ravioli, eggplant parmesan and spaghetti. I tried a small container of meat ravioli ($3). These were small size ravioli with lots of garlic in the sauce. Except for the garlicky sauce, I wouldn’t rate it much above what the standard supermarket deli counter sells.

They have some house-made salads like potato, macaroni, pesto pasta, seafood, etc. The marinated salads can include: artichokes, mushrooms, beets, and 3 bean. Actually the pickled beets were excellent with lots of chopped garlic. Angelo’s is big on chopped garlic.

Sandwiches run from $3.75 (egg salad) to $5.75 (meatball or meatloaf). Bread and rolls are from Maggiora Bakery. They even had sliced pannetone from Maggiora Bakery. It was a loaf form like regular bread.

The meat ball sandwich was good. I’d say this is a nice place if in the neighborhood. It beats the sandwiches from Safeway across the street in terms of price and quality.

There are a few Columbo salamis hanging on the wall. They have a variety of deli meats. There are three types of head cheese and cold cuts like tongue, toscano, thuringer, salami, mortadella, coppa and bologna. Most of the cold cuts are local, but the proscutto looked imported.

They sell Santa Cruz organic coffee and lots of bottled juices and sodas.

They have a catering menu and poor boy sandwiches up to six feet long are available. They even have finger sandwich trays.

The store is owned by an Asian couple – Joe and Sue. I found a few comments on the web, one of which said “lovable people, kind. especially the owner Sue is kind, funny & knows how to make food.”

And that is true about them having a good relationship with customers. They are known by name. In this working class neighborhood, if they know you, you can run a tab. The guy in front of me didn’t have enough money and said he would pay on Tuesday, just write it down. They brought out a book and wrote it down.

There are a few tables inside and some outdoor tables. Nothing fancy in either case. It has a huge parking lot.

So of the things I’ve tried so far, the pickled beets were excellent, the ravioli and meat ball sandwich average. The only thing not to order was the tamale. The filling, though generous was a little mushy. But then again one has to guess that buying tamales at an Italian Deli run by an Asian couple isn’t the best choice.

With smoked meats, rotisserie turkey, dried Italian fruit, etc. Angelo’s might be an interesting place for locals to search for hidden gems.

Angelo's Poultry & Deli (AKA Angelo’s Gourmet Market)
12025 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805\

510) 234-2485

Link: http://local.yahoo.com/details;_ylt=A...

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