Angeleno is located on booming Gemmill Lane, offering exceptionally good gourmet Italian fare with a slight California twist (the name comes from the word for the inhabitants of Los Angeles) made with insanely fresh ingredients imported from wherever they are grown or made best. We stopped by to see if their food was as good as they claimed and are happy to report that everything we ate was absolutely delicious. We must say it was a pretty pricey meal but the food was excellent with items like fresh pasta made with flour from Abruzzo, olive oil from Tuscany, tomatoes from California and clams from New Zealand. So while this may not be somewhere we would eat every day, this is definitely a spot where you can get high quality Italian cuisine.
Why you should come here
If you’re looking to treat yourself or someone special to great food and great wine and don’t mind spending more than average on your meal, this is a good place to go. But plan to head home afterwards and slip right into your stretchy pants! They also have a small lunch menu with a mix of light plates and pastas ranging from $27 to $42.
What we love
The food is really fantastic here, and the quality of the produce is so high that you really don’t mind paying the high prices.
Some standout starters for us included the Angeleno’s Meatballs ($22) sitting on a bed of Anson Mills wood-fired polenta and smothered in in a vibrant tomato sauce, the Kale Salad ($27), which managed to be healthy and flavourful with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, lemon and sesame, and the silky smooth Burrata Caprese accompanied by a colourful mix of roasted and raw cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and garlic toast.
For mains, the Saffron Linguine($31) offered bursts of flavour from the littleneck clams, delicate curls of sliced zucchini, spicy chilies, scallions and white wine, and the Grilled USDA Prime NY Stripsteak ($65) was a hearty meat and potatoes dish served in a skillet with fried potatoes with onions and a bold chimichurri sauce.
As for the dessert, we just had to try the Tiramisu ($15), as you do in an Italian joint, and it came just as we hope it would in a stack of booze-soaked layers of cake, creamy mascarpone cheese and a heavy dusting of chocolate powder. The Chocolate Pudding ($15) was also a great end to the meal, as it was spectacularly rich and creamy with the nice addition of candied almonds on top. Definitely worth the extra calories.
The food is delicious and you are going to want to try a lot of it. It's good for a group dinner on a night where you know you have no plans afterwards. Chill out and enjoy a few bottles of wine and many dishes on the menu.
About $80++ a person excluding alcoholic beverages.