One of my cousins used to live in New York and would constantly rave about his favorite Italian restaurant. I heard of the gnocchi pillows, delicious chicken, and flavorful red sauce. After trying to make reservations many times, I finally succeeded and Adam and I headed to the West Village for date night at Piccolo Angelo’s. The opposite of your trendy NY restaurant, this family run, tiny Italian spot feels warm and inviting the second you step in. The smell of garlic and basil mixed with the sound of warm greetings by the staff to all the regulars makes you feel hungry and relaxed right away.
Of course I had extensively researched the reviews and studied the menu like I was studying for a final exam before going, so Adam and I were pretty sure of what we were going to order. Our server was so friendly and helpful and made our decision even easier.
We shared the pumpkin ravioli in a butter, sage, and parmigian sauce to start. Perfectly cooked homemade pasta filled with not too sweet pumpkin in a light butter sauce with fried sage…you should all be drooling over your keyboards by now! The appetizer size was perfect as it was quite a rich dish (although Adam claims he could eat plates and plates of this…and I bet he will on our next visit!)
I am a tomato sauce lover…when it’s good, I can basically eat it with a spoon. So I knew I needed something with that. I had read many a review about the softball size meatballs and they did not disappoint.
I literally could not even finish one! But oh boy were they good! Perfect texture and that sauce was what every red sauce should be. Adam went with the eggplant rollatini.
Also a big portion, also delicious…just good italian home cooking. With a side of homemade parpadalle in an arrabiatta sauce, this restaurant knows how to use tomatoes!
I owe my cousin a big THANK YOU for constantly raving about this restaurant. This is definitely the place for unpretentious, deliciously large portions of good italian homecooking…just like your grandmother used to make (if she was Italian that is!)