Angelo’s Pizzeria in Bella Vista
Large pies, good hoagies, and neighborly vibes galore at Danny DiGiampietro’s Bella Vista pizza store.
It doesn’t matter that it was a gorgeous day after I went strolling to take a look at Angelo’s for the primary time — a beautiful sun-shining, breeze-blowing type of day in Bella Vista.
It doesn’t matter that somebody, someplace was enjoying “Road Combating Man” by the Stones, or that everybody I handed on the streets was comfortable and smiling on the style of summer season within the air. None of this issues. None of it has something to do with me reviewing the second incarnation of Angelo’s Pizzeria (the primary one was in Haddonfield), besides that it does. As a result of this place, it’s all about that type of pleasure.
It’s all about seeing the crowds milling round outdoors the door, ready, or packed contained in the tiny store (the outdated Sarcone’s Deli), with its single cooler and big kitchen staffed like they’re feeding a thousand daily of the week. It’s about threading your method by means of the neighbors and associates, making it to the counter and catching somebody’s eye, shouting your order over the glass, hoping she heard you proper.
It’s about grabbing a black cherry soda and sitting within the solar on the little stoop on the barbershop subsequent door, wreathed within the smells of the place (sauce, smoke, char, sizzling cardboard), and ready. It’s about texting your spouse “20 minutes wait” after which two frowny faces although you’re comfortable to attend. Thrilled, actually, as a result of there’s one thing so easy, so genuine, so very important about Angelo’s proper now.
It’s concerning the meals, completely. The perfect, skinny slices of the plain cheese pies — floppy, foldable, crisp on the crust, greasy however not too greasy, tasting of the oven and tomatoes, a three-cheese combine, and the entire leaves of basil on prime. The monstrous sandwiches (meatball parm made with slices of contemporary mozzarella and massive fats meatballs, sufficient to feed two individuals who haven’t eaten since breakfast; the Polli, with breaded rooster cutlets, Parma prosciutto, mozzarella, shaved parmesan and oil on a heavy roll, all of it so thick it takes two fingers to carry it).
And it’s all concerning the Upside Down Jawn, which is the kaiju of Philly pizzas — a thick behemoth, finished pan-style with the crust blistering up on the edges, a effectively of gooey melted cheese within the center, and stripes and blobs of scrumptious sweet-bitter purple sauce on prime. It’s too large for a field, bows out the highest and sides, and weighs (no lie) most likely 10 kilos. The type of pizza you eat for days. The sort you dream about when it’s gone.
Actually, it’s every part. The time and place and day and folks. It’s the expertise of Angelo’s in full — which is a outstanding factor to say a couple of joint that does nothing however takeout however nonetheless manages to be probably the greatest eating places I’ve been to in an extended, very long time.
three Stars — Come from wherever within the area
zero stars: keep away
★: come when you’ve got no different choices
★★: come in the event you’re within the neighborhood
★★★: come from wherever within the area
★★★★: come from wherever within the nation