Some pizza shops are perpetually packed because they’re the first (Lombardi), most famous (Grimaldi), or celebrity favorites (Lucali). Yet for the average folk, a pie generally doesn’t involve an extensive taxi ride and a chilly wait on the sidewalk. Take off the food enthusiast hat and look around, in New York a decent pie is practically all around us.
Angelo’s is one such mainstay. Despite having multiple locations around New York, the generic name sadly doesn’t generate much brand recognition. The branding could benefit from an update, perhaps to better feature the logo (a pie with an a slice in a stylied “A”) and build brand cache.
The menu is a fairly standard assortment of pizza, salad, pasta that you’d find in traditional Italian restaurants. For a restaurant that caters primarily to office workers and tourists, the prices are very reasonable.
How you enjoy the meal truly depends on your expectations. If you’re a spoiled NYC foodie (oh how I detest the word) who demands fancy silverware, handmade pastas and such, you best look elsewhere. Yet if you simply want a nice family-style Italian meal, Angelo’s fits the bill, quite figuratively and literally.
The pies are fired in a coal oven, as the name of the restaurant implies. It does come to your table perfectly cooked with just a bit of char. As for the ingredients, you’re given the option to mess with the toppings, so if it’s not to your liking there’s only one person you can blame.
Angelo’s Coal Oven Pizza
New York, NY 10019