Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas recently opened in Coral Springs and we went to check it out. This new location is actually 4th in the line of D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas restaurants that are going through a ‘rebranding’ period and this location in Coral Springs is brand new. While only open for a few weeks, we found the usual bumps in service for a new restaurant but the biggest issue that’s hard to fix was the noise level. We found the food to be good, but at a little higher price point than expected.
Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas is located in a Publix strip plaza on Coral Ridge Drive. There is plenty of parking, since this is a Publix shopping center and since it was a bit warm and muggy, nobody was eating at the few tables that were outside. When you step into the restaurant, it’s quite nice. Very modern with clean lines, tile floors and stone accents with lots of care taken with this upscale design. There is a large bar area to the right and the main dining room to the left and while the restaurant was quite busy, we got seated immediately.
As we were walked back to the table, we noticed that they really squeeze a lot of tables into this dining room. They have some booths, but they are for larger parties or groups. The section of tables we sat at were REALLY close together you might have to move the table next to you to get to your seat. You can see from a few of our pictures that the woman next to us appears to almost be sitting at the same table as us.
The most unpleasant item of the night was the extremely high noise level. It was like an elementary school lunchroom. It was nearly impossible to hear conversations at your table and you had to talk loudly, which just added to loudness of the room. We are guessing this is a side effect of the sleek modern décor of all tile and stone that doesn’t allow for any noise absorption.
Our server was by to greet us quickly, but his listing of the specials was a bit strange. His long pauses between each item left us wondering if he was waiting for a response, then he would move onto the next item. After the specials, he went over the menu and explained it is split into Tapas, Appetizers (not sure what those differences are), Pizza, salads and entrees. We ordered our drinks and decided to split a few appetizers and a pizza. Service could have been a little smoother, with some timing issues and longer than expected wait times between dishes. Our bread basket was even a bit late and didn’t show up until well into our first appetizer.
Fritto Misto ($14.00) – While it looked pretty good at first, we found it to be overly greasy and the breading didn’t really stick to the calamari very well. The shrimp were a bit on the small side and to be honest, had little flavor. The two dipping sauces consisted of marinara and an aioli which both helped the overall taste but maybe one more option would have been ideal. We also felt the dish was a bit expensive.
Zucchini Flowers ($14.00) – This was a very interesting dish. Delicate zucchini flowers are stuffed with cheese, breaded and fried. The flavor was delicate and we did like the dish overall but you get three pieces, so it’s a hard dish to share. At $14 we felt it was another dish that was priced a bit high.
Angelo Pizza ($16.00) – This pizza was on the ‘white’ pizza section, so no tomato sauce. Figuring that the pizza with named after the restaurant would be a sure bet, we were let down by the lack of flavor. The topping were all fresh, but the arugula was the only flavor that stood out. The crust held up, but could have been cooked to a more golden brown. This was our final dish and again found it to be a bit overpriced.
While the service needs a little improvement, we’re sure Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas will hit their stride in a shorttime. But the dining room noise level is one issue that will be hard to tackle because of limited options for fixing. It just wasn’t a relaxing dinner. The prices are a bit on the high side as well and our total bill and you can really rack up the charges, especially if you add on wine or other drinks. Our bill with tip was $60 and that’s with two appetizers, a small pizza and soft drinks.
Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas is located at 5920 Coral Ridge Drive Sawgrass Center Coral Springs, FL 33076.