Staten Island EatBeat - Angelina's Ristorante
Owners | Angelina and Vincent Malerba
Opened | April 2010
Seating capacity | 500
Signature dish | Branzino
Vincent’s Favorite Dish | Bone-In Rib-Eye
Fun Fact | The building Angelina’s occupies was originally built as a brewery, and was later re-modeled into an inn.
Hours of operation | Sunday Noon – 9, Tuesday – Thursday Noon – 10, Friday – Saturday Noon – 11, Bar open until 2 a.m. Tues – Sunday.
Owner Vincent Malerba and his mother, for whom the restaurant is named, opened Angelina’s in Tottenville more than six years ago with the vision of serving superior traditional Italian food with a contemporary flair. Now one of the most renowned restaurants and premier party venues in the borough, Angelina’s caters to the entire New York palate.
Dining at Angelina’s is about more than savoring some of the finest cuisine that Staten Island has to offer; it’s an opportunity to experience an unforgettable meal in the charming ambiance of a renovated 7,000 square-foot, three-story inn along the South Shore, complete with live entertainment and some of the rarest wines in the world. The experienced chefs at Angelina’s prepare almost all of the restaurant’s food from scratch; an impressive feat considering the menu boasts ever-changing specials year-round.
“We have some staples, like our grass-fed beef dishes and Branzino. But the majority of our menu is our specials, which are changed seasonally,” Vincent says. “We make fresh pasta and mozzarella daily, and change our dishes based on the season. We like to blend traditional Italian sauces and pastas with a modern Italian twist, like truffl e-infused honey and a specially-prepared meat, depending on the time of year.”
Authentic Italian fare is just one of the aspects that set Angelina’s apart from other local restaurants. Angelina’s has an extensive wine list, offering bottles ranging in price from $25 to $3,000. But, thanks to an innovative apparatus that keeps an open bottle of wine fresh for up to 60 days, patrons can order a glass of rare wine without having to splurge on buying the entire bottle. “We like to offer it so you can taste some exceptional wines without being forced to drink the whole bottle,” Vincent says.
Angelina’s is also preparing to open a second location behind the Staten Island Mall, called Angelina’s Kitchen. Vincent says the restaurant, which will seat approximately 250 patrons, will have a smaller, simpler menu that will feature mostly pizzas and pastas. Reservations are recommended at the original location. At full capacity Angelina’s can seat 500 people, but private rooms on the second and third floors can be reserved for wedding receptions, engagement parties, communions, or other special occasions. Off-premise catering is also available.
Their climate-controlled outdoor tent, complete with elegant crystal chandeliers and hardwood flooring that accommodates approximately 130 patrons, will remain open during the fall. “Our goal at Angelina’s is to make sure you’re satisfied and smiling on your way out the door,” Vincent says. “I’ve always enjoyed entertaining people. Seeing our customers happy makes all the work worth it.”
399 Ellis Street
Staten Island NY, 10307