A Community Favorite for Italian

Upon moving to New Hampshire, I was always told that if I wanted good, authentic Italian food I should go to the North End in Boston. Now let me add a disclaimer: I think people are right about the deliciousness of the food in the North End; I’ve had some amazing pizza, pasta, and gelato in Boston. However, after numerous recommendations from strangers, coworkers, and friends alike (usually accompanied by drooling and specific entree suggestions) I had to check out Angelina’s for myself. I’m embarrassed at how long it took me to visit the basement-level Concord hideout, and now I have joined the high praisers of this local establishment. The quality, atmosphere, and food simply can’t be beat.

I apologize for my lack of exterior and interior photos (with the exception of food). Please check out their website to get an idea of their ambiance. While it’s on the fancy side of restaurants, don’t be intimidated. The prices are really reasonable, the portions of food are enormous, and the staff are incredibly kind and helpful.

So let’s get to the important things: what should we eat?! I’ve now eaten at Angelina’s a handful of times and I’ve never had a bad sip or bite of anything. My friends and I have gone for celebratory meals, birthdays, new jobs, you name it. If you go for lunch or dinner, be SURE to get a reservation at least a few days ahead of time. The space isn’t huge, which is part of the charm, and as you’ll see, the meals come with a ton of food so it’s not as if people stop by for a quick bite and then leave. Pictured above is what I ordered for my latest meal there. In the top corner is their beautiful homemade risotto and my main course was their homemade Eggplant Romana. If you don’t eat meat, I can’t recommend this dish highly enough, and even if you do eat meat, you will not be disappointed. Despite the photo making my plate appear to be loaded with meatballs, this dish consists of perfectly-fried slices of eggplant surrounding ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, which is then topped with delicious marinara and more mozzarella cheese. I cannot say enough good things about this dish; the crispy eggplant is not stringy (if you’ve ever had bad eggplant, you’ll know what I mean) and the ratio of eggplant to breading and cheese is perfection. All entrees come with fresh bread, a soup or salad (neither pictured, sorry we were hungry!), a side of pasta, risotto or potatoes, and your main course.

Are you a meat eater who might be lactose intolerant? Try the veal parmigiana… without the parmigiana! The waitstaff is super accommodating and everything is fresh and made to order. My boyfriend raved about this dish and ordered it with the side of pasta.

I feel like I might be breaking a Stay Work Play blogging rule because this wine isn’t from New Hampshire, but I have to recommend it. One of my friends recommended it last year and we’ve ordered it every visit since! If you like a hearty red wine, order this. I’m no wine sommelier, but this delicious wine seems to go well with everything. According to various internet searches, this one is “full-bodied with cherry spices and chocolate finish.” We now have this photo saved on our phones so we remember the name!

I think it might be a federal offense to not order dessert here. Our waiter was cute and assumed we would be sharing our desserts. Not a chance. I got the tiramisu and he got the chocolate mousse with a caramel topping. I love that the waitstaff brings out a tray with all of the dessert options right to your table, which makes it even harder to say no!

If you find yourself having a hard time saying no to an amazing Italian meal, make your reservation today at 603-228-3313, anytime except meal times when they are busy. Lunch is served from 11:30a to 2:00p Monday through Friday and dinner is 5:00p to 9:00p Monday through Thursday and 5:00p to 10:00p Friday and Saturday. Need help cooking for a crowd? They also have a party planning menu!

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at eatdrinkplay@stayworkplay.org to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in “The Taste!”

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