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Eats: Angela’s in Thornburg
BY LINDA SALISBURY
FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR
After 10 years in the historic Mudd Tavern in Thornburg, Angela’s Italian Restaurant has moved into new space in the nearby Food Lion shopping center.
Angela’s now has better facilities for its eat-in and takeout service, plus a large private dining room. The main dining room is decorated to look like the tables are set in a plaza outside an old building with an arbor canopy.
My Dining Partner and I decided to stop in for dinner to check out the new location and its popular fare.
Angela’s menu of typical blue-plate dinners, subs, calzones and pizza is augmented by some new dishes, such as chicken Marsala ($14.99), among other offerings. The kitchen was out of some items, such as toasted ravioli, so our helpful server guided us to our final choices.
We began with her suggestion of bruschetta ($6.95), because she noted it was prepared fresh by the restaurant, and fried calamari ($8.45), which MDP likes to try for comparison to other restaurants but hasn’t for almost a year. Instead, we have sampled many types of wings, mussels, crab balls and other appetizers at other eateries.
Unfortunately, although the calamari rings were certainly adequate, the dipping sauce was bland, and not much improved by the addition of “hot sauce,” which our server brought. The bruschetta, however, was excellent, as she had described: thin rectangular slices of fresh tomato, lots of slivers of garlic, and bits of basil to spoon over almost an entire loaf of toasted slices of Italian bread.
MDP ordered an entrée of eggplant Parmigiagna ($10.99), which was served with tomato sauce, spaghetti and four garlic bread “knots.” The sauce, similar to that served with the calamari, appeared to be simply tomato based, without bits of garlic or pepper to enhance flavor. The portion was bountiful, making for good value.
I decided on an 8-inch (medium) sausage and pepper sub ($7.25), and was very pleased. The bun was crammed with sweet Italian sausage and sweet peppers, a light layer of cheese and the tomato sauce for nice balance of both texture and flavor.
Because Angela’s is well-known for its pizza, we ordered a small Angela’s Special ($13.75), but instead received the Super Special ($14.55), which had ham and ground beef in addition to pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers and mushrooms.
Misunderstanding aside, the topping-loaded pizza, with its crispy crust, was a hit.
Angela’s pizza and subs remain winners.
What: Angela’s Italian Restaurant
Address: 6336 Jefferson Davis Highway, near I–95 exit at Thornburg, in Food Lion shopping center.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: Appetizers: $2.85–$8.45; Soups and salads: $4.35–$8.99; Sandwiches: $3.99–$9.99; Dinners: $6.99–$15.99; Children’s menu: $6.99; Desserts: $4.25–$4.75; Beer and wine available.
The Scoop: Family-friendly, clean, cheerful service.
Payment: Major credit cards accepted.
Linda Salisbury is the author of the Bailey Fish books, an award-winning adventure series for kids.