First, and most importantly, I was totally hit on during this excursion. I remained totally unbiased in my assessment of the pizza, naturally, despite being repeatedly asked for my digits and offered a sommelier position.
In case you’re just joining us, a varying and motley crew is going to EVERY pizza place in Athens, one at a time, every Wednesday at noon until we’ve exhausted every option. Next week is Mellow Mushroom. If you haven’t come yet, you should. We have a blast. And you might get some digits…you never know!
So, down to business:
Angelo’s deserves a HUGE second chance if you’ve not been there in years, as I hadn’t. Hugh Christian, the owner, has totally renovated the restaurant. I remembered a dingy, unimpressive joint where you went through the line and paid at the end. Hugh has totally transformed that space, and now it’s really a cozy, pretty dang fancy Italian place. Everyone universally praised the decor (old Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra photos!), tablecloths, and cloth napkins. Nice!
Another category in which Angelo’s does well. $1.95 slices, $.50 and .75 toppings. Add a BOGO offer to that (every Wednesday, yo!), and your wallet’s quite happy. They also had a Yuengling draft for $2. Not that anyone partook….ahem. Next category.
Hugh informed us that the crust is NOT frozen; it’s made fresh there. Their crust is thin and tasty, and I was probably the only one who had a major problem with the oregano included in the dough. For me it overwhelmed the taste of the crust, sauce and cheese, but everyone else seemed not to mind it.
Everyone agreed that the sauce was well-balanced–several reviewers noted that it was “not too sweet, not too spicy.”
Comments ranged from “what I want a pizza to taste like!” to “herby, didn’t love it” and “too much oregano”–the oregano was heavy, people. HEAVY. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Reviewers liked the selection (standards, plus shrimp and prosciutto as premium choices) and the “not skimpy” portions.
Who could resist Hugh’s personal attention? The wait staff was very friendly. One of our diners had a order messed up, but it was corrected, and our waiter “broke policy” to divide the check for us (thank GOD).
Drinks, restrooms: 4.0
The good: wine list, beer. Clean, spacious restrooms. The bad: NO COCA COLA…what? And no place to change a baby’s diaper.
Wait time: 4.4
Not bad…maybe 10 minutes.
Slice Size: 3.3
Tiny, especially compared to Little Italy.