Review: Angelo’s, West Sunniside, Sunderland

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TUCKED away in a quiet corner of Sunniside is the mouth-watering Angelo’s restaurant.

I discovered this Italian delight on a rare occasion when myself and my partner John had the night off from parenting duties.

We decided to try an eatery that we had not ventured into before and Angelo’s came highly recommended.

When we arrived I was very surprised at how spacious it was as the dining room stretches further back than you would imagine.

We chose not to have a drink in the bar area and headed straight for our table. The menu has a huge variety of dishes to choose from and there are specials if nothing on the al a carte menu takes your fancy.

While we were deciding, the super-attentive staff helped us with our choice of wine and we decided to go for the Pinot Grigio Rose which was £14.95, so not too pricey.

To start with, John went for the il vero antipasto Italiano (£9.95), which was a plate packed full of cured meats, marinated vegetables and fresh mozzarella.

I went for the tomino avvolto con speck grigliato (£7.50) from the specials menu. This was a creamy Italian cheese wrapped in parma ham, grilled and served with rocket and sun-blushed tomatoes.

Both starters were full of flavour, which you could tell by the sparkling plates when we finished.

Mine was really light which left plenty of room for my main course.

I had the filetto pepe verde (£17.50), a fillet steak cooked with peppercorns, mustard, brandy, red wine and cream. It was delicious, although slightly over cooked for my liking, and the accompanying vegetables were also a treat for the tastebuds.

John opted for the rack of lamb (£17.50) which had a mixed herb crust and was served with caponata – a mix of aubergines, tomatoes, red onion, garlic and basil saute.

It was cooked perfectly, still pink in the middle and it melted in your mouth.

By the time we got our mains the restaurant was full to the brim with customers who looked as satisfied as us, which created a lovely atmosphere that really added to the meal.

The portions are great value for money and even John, who has a huge appetite, was pleasantly full, so much so we both declined the pudding menu and polished off our wine instead.

I have often skipped passed Angelo’s on my way to Bar Justice, but after sampling the food, this culinary gem will not be overlooked by me again.

The staff, food and ambience got a thumbs up from us and our final bill came to £67.40 – which I thought was very reasonable for a treat night!