After having wonderful dining experiences at other restaurants in Ogunquit, Wells, and Kennebunkport I was excited to try this "Chef-owned" restaurant. I read about it on my commute from Wells to Boston in the Dining Magazine where it got rave reviews as being "the best Italian food north of Boston" and made reservations for Valentine's Day. After making the reservation I saw a huge full page add in the Sentinel (local free paper) advertising a special Valentine's Day price-fix menu for couples for $55/per couple. They were offering six entree selections to choose from, plus an appetizer, a dessert, and a bottle of wine or the choice to order from the regular menu.
We arrived and the place was beautifully decorated with rose petals. We were given our menus and when I asked about the special Valentine's Day price-fix menu I was laughed at and told that they didn't do that on holidays! Apparently the Sentinel's full page ad was false advertising! Plus a snooty waiter! In Boston every restaurant has a price-fix menu of Valentine's Day as a special menu, which is why I did not call to verify whether the ad was correct - my mistake apparently.
Not wanting to make a scene and ruin the night I kept my mouth shut and proceeded to order off their regular menu, which was not cheap but I had heard good things and being from Boston, the prices were comprable. I ordered the Linguini Alfredo which is my favorite. The entrees arrived quickly but were disappointing. While the rest of the entrees were palatable (ravioli, veal, tomato sauces), my Linguini Alfredo was absolutey disgusting. I could not eat more than two bites - it tasted like dirty feet, it was not creamy at all and tasted like it came out of a box. For $16, I would have rather eaten Kraft macaroni and cheese! Even the other dishes weren't very good - the veal was tough, the sauce was only ok. I was thoroughly disappointed with the entire dining experience - the only thing I actually liked was the bread!
I spent 5 years living in Boston and enjoying the North End, so I admit I may be a bit of a food snob but I must say I would rather go to the Olive Garden chain restaurant anyday than return to Angelina's. And don't let them lure you in with a special price-fix menu - its just a gimmick to get you in there and I don't think you could get me back there if you paid me!
-The Food Snob
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