Angelina Ristorante

Restaurants, Italian Lake View
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

You know those Italian places you see in the movies? Those charming neighborhood joints where the walls are lined with empty bottles of wine (most of them bearing messages of thanks from customers past) and the room has a constant candlelit glow? The kind where the menu isn’t a revelation, but the big portions of food are hearty and delicious? Where herbaceous spinach lasagna and savory eggplant parmigiana pull in regulars who’ve been coming “for years”? Yeah, this place is exactly like that.


Venue name: Angelina Ristorante
Address: 3561 N Broadway
Cross street: between Brompton Ave and Addison St
Opening hours: Brunch (Sat, Sun), dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Addison. Bus: 36, 146, 151, 152.
Price: Average main course: $18
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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I have never experienced a restaurant with more of a Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde approach to meals. I went for dinner with family one night and had a lovely experience - great wine, great Italian food, and fast service in a space that feels very much a part of the neighborhood. Then I went for Sunday brunch, and boy was that a whole different experience. Loud, rowdy, and definitely not the place for a quiet family meal. That's not to say it was a disappointment - I came expecting a boozy brunch, and I sure did get it. The food was good, the drinks were never empty, and service was quick - despite managing a full house. At times the music was a bit too loud so we it seemed like the whole restaurant was shouting at one another, but it definitely made for a fun day. And all for $23? It's hard to complain. 

We went for brunch late on a beautiful weekend morning, on a day when there was a 1:20pm Cubs game, so the place was busy. We were able to get a table right away though, which was great, except we were seated right next to a group of 20 really loud Cubs fans, obviously headed to the game afterwards. The waiter serving that party was also taking care of the other 8 tables in that room, including ours, and was clearly in the weeds! It took him over 10 minutes to approach our table for the first time. He was very scattered, asking us some of the same questions twice, but he finally got our order, and our Bloody Mary's came out pretty quickly after that, thankfully! The kitchen saved the waiter by sending our food out before the large party's, so that was nice! We shared the Salmon Benedict (pictured), which was very tasty - a nice alternative to bagels & lox, and the French Toast. This was maybe the best French Toast I've ever had...the bread was airy and light and they put sliced almonds in the batter so they come out toasted and stuck to the outside of the bread - heavenly! I would definitely recommend this place, but maybe not on a day when there's a Cubs' game!