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D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano has been my favorite Philly old school classic Italian restaurant ever since I moved back to Philly in 2009. After growing up in Philly, then living in New York most of my adult life, I found myself back in Philly and discovered D’Angelo’s only a few blocks from where I was living. I love this place. Philly’s restaurant scene is so vibrant, diverse, new, classic, odd, trendy, old school and new school you can find something in every niche. This place reminds me of that proper, high end, classic, loud and fun Italian. It’s in Rittenhouse Square, not the usual South Philly Italian neighborhood, so it needs to be good to thrive. Yes, there are more classic Italians beloved by many all over Philly, but this one is a favorite because of the bar experience. All of Philly’s Italian neighborhoods are not in South Philly, Hello Tacony!
The D’Angelo’s Experience: I arrive on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 about 7:30 P.M. I already know what I will be ordering, always the same thing, Clams Casino and Veal Parmigiana. The clams are whole with big junks of bacon with the right spices while the veal is always fresh and cooked perfectly with a side of veggies. The bread and the garlic infused oil are wonderful. The bar is full of locals, arty types and professionals, along with traveling business people and the required gathering of Godfather types. I sit at the bar and of course the Phillies game is on at the end of the bar by the door. Always sports on this TV, always Philly, never have to ask. D’Angelo’s is on my 10 Best Places to Watch the Phillies list. Bartender has been there for years and he is always friendly, direct and efficient, perfect. I actually change my mind and order the Sicilian Sausage appetizer with the Veal Parm, hungry tonight. It does not disappoint. The food, bread, Chianti and the Phillies make for a great evening. One of the Godfather types comes over, asks about my meal and says he want that and changes his order, nice guy.
I sit about midway down the long side of the bar which partly faces a wall but half faces a large window out to the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square which oddly is not on Rittenhouse Square, rather a block away. The long side of the bar has about 10 seats with 4 on one short end and 3 on the other. All seats are good for feeling part of all the activity and fun. Sit on the long side or short end by the kitchen if you want to see the television and the activity at the front door.
Business Travelers: This place is a not trendy nor the coolest rather old school and classic so casual but smart dress is a good way to go. D’Angelo’s is great for a business meeting or going out with coworkers or colleagues. Close to the Business District and Hotels and great for an after dinner walk through Rittenhouse Square, the surrounding shops and entertainment. Nice place to watch the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood go by, especially for those visiting Philly. If you want a “walking desert” stop by Yogorino down the block. There is a dance floor which opens later which can easily be avoided if you are just out for dinner. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in D’Angelo’s and especially in the surrounding neighborhood.
D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano
256 South 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103