Angelo’s Civita Farnese

Don December 18, 2009 0

Since 1924, Angelo’s has been one of Rhode Islands Favorite Italian restaurants.  When Angelo’s opened its doors in 1924 at 164 Atwells Avenue, it opened a piece of history…

Over the past three-quarters of a century, Angelo’s has seen it all-  from the Great Depression to the state’s banking crisis and has survived.  Angelo’s has also been known over the years for attracting the famous and powerful-  from governors, mayors, judges and congressman, journalists, television personalities, sports figures and movie stars.  It would not be uncommon to find the famous sitting at Angelo’s community tables with locals and regulars.

Angelo Mastrodicasa opened a restaurant for the “working man” of Federal Hill.  Three generations later, Angelo’s continues to represent the working person.  The food is plentiful and the prices affordable.  Angelo’s has been around so long that many of the dramas of the twentieth century have been played out there…  During prohibition, wine was served surreptitiously in coffee cups and meatballs with french fries.  Some of these traditions continue to this day…

In 1933, Angelo’s moved to 168 Atwells Avenue and three years later, in 1936, moved again to 151 Atwells Avenue.  In 1965, Angelo’s moved to its present location where it has remained for the past 34 years.  Angelos’ four daughters, Mary, Vera, Lena and Ida all worked in their father’s restaurant making it truly a family business.  Angelo retired in 1954 leaving Vera to run the place for 34 years…

In 1988 the tradition was passed on the their nephew Bob Antignano, his wife Lee and two daughters, Cindy and Jamie.  Bob Antignano has not changed the cooking style of the RI landmark and has even kept the original glass marble “community tables” that have been at Angelo’s for three quarters of a century.  He did make one change however, to accommodate his fast growing walk-in business.  In 1988, the private function rooms were eliminated to double the dining area with additional non-smoking seating.  Valet parking was also established to facilitate parking on the often crowded Federal Hill streets…

Over the years, Angelo’s Civita Farnese has seen the coming and going of customers and the changing scenes of Federal Hill.  Angelo’s plans to remain everyone’s favorite family restaurant.

Who would bet anything different for the “Dean of Italian Cuisine of Rhode Island.”


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