Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drinks at Angelina Pizzabar.
Angelina Pizzabar extends the traditions of Italian comfort food to New York diners with a menu of handmade, mouth-bound Italian favorites. Attack Angelina Pizzabar's recipe roster, starting with an antipasto such as crispy calamari ($6) or clams casino ($8) with sweet peppers, onions, and bacon. Meatballers can opt for a traditional pasta dish, such as linguine with sautéed baby clams ($14), lasagna ($12), or spaghetti with homemade meatballs ($14), whereas foodies looking to curry favor with Angelina will go for the restaurant's array of pizzas. All pizzas are baked in a wood-fired brick oven with a revolving stone floor, using fresh ingredients such as rosemary, garlic, and olive pits flung into the flames for added flavor. Thin-crusted favorites include the mushroom-and-artichoke-bedecked Nonna ($20 for a full pizza), the eggplant parmigiano ($20 for a full pizza), and the Bianco Forté ($22 for a full pizza) with garlic, ricotta, mozzarella, spicy sausage, and hot peppers. Ensure that grapes get what's coming to them with a wine from Angelina Pizzabar's treasure chest of tannins.
Angelina Pizzabar's rustic décor conjures up the warm feel of the old country, but with fewer roaming herds of telepathic elephants. Amid bright lights and earthy tones, diners can observe as their pies fire up on the pizza pyre and stare down their soon-to-be sustenance with an inner fire shining from the brick ovens of their eyes.
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Yelpers give Angelina Pizzabar three stars, with some mixed reviews on service. Citysearchers and OpenTable diners give 3.5 each and echo the same complaints, but the majority agree that the special brick-oven pizzas are worth the wait.
- The reservation was honored, the service was very friendly and attentive, the pizza and salad were good. No problems here. In fact, it's good to have this place in the neighborhood and I'll go back again. – OpenTable user who dined on 3/08/2010
- The service was prompt and courteous and the food presentation was impressive. – Greg W., Yelp