Gut reaction for Nov. 1, 2012

New, bigger digs for Angelo’s, same tasty Italian fare

For Weekly SurgeOctober 30, 2012 

Angelo’s Steak and Pasta is at 2311 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 626-2800. It’s open daily starting at 3:30 p.m. daily.

ANGELO’S STEAK & PASTA

Setting the Table

Almost a month has passed since Angelo Antonucci opened his new location of Angelo’s Steak and Pasta, two blocks south of the restaurant he operated for 23 years at the southern end of Myrtle Beach.

The first big difference The Mr. and I noticed when we recently dined there at 7 p.m. on a Friday night was the vastly reduced waiting time for a table. Angelo’s doesn’t take reservations except for large groups, and this summer when we dined on a Friday night at the former location, our group was squashed into the standing room only 16-seat bar for about half an hour before we were shown to a table.

At the new restaurant, which is much larger by comparison to the old digs, we didn’t even have time to order a drink at the vastly roomy new bar and lounge (There were two adjoining bar stools open! On a Friday night!) before our names were called. This new blue-lit bar also has booths, and some of them were also open. Several people were enjoying their dinners in the lounge while watching sports.

The restaurant has three large dining rooms, all with variations of an Italian countryside/seaside motif, an Italian buffet with two lines and much more parking than at the old restaurant. We easily found an empty spot.

Down the Hatch

When Angelo’s is busy, it is customary for servers to bring a family-style bowl of salad that’s pre-tossed with Italian dressing and a basket of soft rolls to the table before drink orders are taken.

When it’s time for food orders, diners can choose to order off the menu or opt for the Italian buffet.

From 4-6 p.m. the buffet costs $11 per person; after 6 p.m. it’s $13 ages for 10 and older, $7 ages 4-9 and free for ages three and younger. Buffet dishes include Lasagna, Italian Sausage, Cheese Ravioli, Spaghetti, Meatballs, Stuffed Shells, Chicken Cacciatore, Italian Green Beans (they still have crunch to them), Tortellini Alfredo, Meat Ravioli and pizzas.

We both opted to order from the menu and started with an appetizer of Skewered Shrimp Stephano ($8), where five large shrimp are grilled with garlic and butter. They were quite tasty.

Angelo’s has many Italian dishes on the menu for $9-$24, ranging from Spaghetti or Penne with Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti Antonucci that’s topped with filet tips, to Scampi fra Diavolo (spicy!) and Veal Marsala.

We can never resist the steaks ($15-$34). On this trip I had the Petite 8-ounce Rib eye, which was juicy and flavorful with Angelo’s special seasoning blend, and for an extra $2 ordered blue cheese garlic butter that I split between my steak and mashed potatoes. My husband had the 8-ounce Filet Mignon.

Since we ordered steaks less than 10 ounces in weight, we didn’t get them on the exciting sizzle platters. The menu says, “All 14 oz. steaks cooked past medium and all 24 oz. steaks cooked past medium rare will be butterflied,” but my husband’s medium-cooked 8-ounce filet was butterflied. He wasn’t thrilled with that, but he said it tasted fine.

Angelo’s also offers sirloin, porterhouse, New York strip, twin 4-ounce filets on garlic mashed potatoes with Marsala mushroom sauce, and the 22-ounce Cowboy Chop, which is a bone-in rib eye on garlic mash and topped with caramelized onions, bacon and horseradish.

Check, please

Dessert choices are New York Style Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Cannoli, Rum Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Oreo Cookie Pie, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Kentucky Derby Pie (pecan pie with chocolate and caramel) and Key Lime Pie with a neon green sauce.

We enjoyed the last of our bottle of DaVinci Chianti Classico ($25) with a piece of Chocolate Mousse Cake, and the portion was so generous we took half of it home.

Angelo’s has a full bar. The signature drink is a Ketel One Ultimate Martini for $7.50, and there are also frozen drinks, domestic and imported beers with Heineken and Yuengling on draft and about two dozen wine choices.

Our dinner of one appetizer; two small steaks with starch, vegetable, salad and rolls; one side of blue cheese garlic butter, one dessert; and one bottle of wine came to $115.15, including tax and tip.

Becky Billingsley serves up fresh news daily at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.

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