Right in Athlone town centre you can’t miss La Cucina Di Angelo’s, a beloved traditional Italian restaurant in Custume Place. La Cucina Di Angelo’s is so famous in Athlone that it doesn’t even have a website, but it does have a Facebook page. There you can read the history of the family behind this restaurant, the Magliocco, from the Lazio region in Italy. Francesco Magliocco came to Ireland and founded the Genoa Cafe and his son Angelo founded La Cucina Di Angelo’s next door in 2014.
Pizza at La Cucina Di Angelo
If the question is ‘pizza?’ the answer is always ‘yes’. When I saw on the menu that La Cucina Di Angelo also has pizza, as well as other traditional Italian dishes like pasta, I ordered one to take-away. I actually went inside the restaurant because I wanted to see what it looked like: friends had told me it has a trattoria interior with a homely feel. The restaurant is a mix of a bistro and a granny living room, but it a good way. You feel very welcome there, especially because staff members are very friendly. Talking of which, when I was looking through the menu I wanted something simple – of course, the simplest pizza is Margherita, but I still fancied a tasty topping. The choices were quite meat-heavy and, while I didn’t want something vegetarian, I wasn’t keen on a pizza laden with meatballs and pepperoni. The good thing about the restaurant is that you can add extras for only 1 euro, so I decided to add some ham. The front of house asked me if I wanted normal ham or pancetta, and I chose pancetta. You can’t beat some thinly-sliced smoky meaty goodness!
Pizza Taste Test
I only waited about 10 or 15 minutes for the pizza to be ready. When I got home, I was pleasantly surprised with all the different flavours: there was sweetness from the tomato sauce and saltiness from the pancetta. What I couldn’t get my head around was the pizza base: you could really taste the flour (good quality flour, I must say) and a bit of sweetness. I couldn’t detect a distinct yeast taste. I couldn’t see the typical air pockets from sourdough. Don’t get me wrong, the flavour was really good. If you have ever been to Italy and tried Italian crackers, the square ones that you can get from any food shop, you would get a similar flavour. I simply decided to enjoy my pizza, and leave the second-guessing to another day. The only small minor point is that the restaurant has an electric oven. Overall, I thought this place is delightful and now I understand why is so loved by locals.