Mary Murphy, Contributing Writer
Last week, after reading an interesting slogan on a local Italian restaurant’s website, I went to test its truthfulness. Angelo’s Spaghetti and Pizza House claims, “When you’re in the mood for Italian food … we’re a restaurant a family can still afford.”
Fortunately, I discovered that not only is Angelo’s a restaurant a family can afford, but it is also a restaurant a college student can afford. Since 1966, Angelo’s Spaghetti and Pizza House has been serving delicious, reasonably priced food.
The staff is extremely friendly and relaxed, usually joking and chatting with customers. For example, when I visited, it was one waitress’s birthday; she had a large birthday button pinned to her uniform, and a group of customers were singing her “Happy Birthday.”
As you may have already gathered, Angelo’s has a very close-knit atmosphere. It made me nostalgic for a restaurant in Houston I used to visit as a kid. If you’ve ever eaten at Napoli’s Pizzeria in Houston, you’ll know the type of restaurant I’m talking about.
Angelo’s has a lot of space for larger parties, but it maintains a small-restaurant feel because of its multiple rooms. Unlike most restaurants nowadays, Angelo’s still has a room where you can smoke while you eat.
When I visited, classic rock was playing on the radio. Several families sat in the booths, enjoying their food. I ordered a spaghetti pizza, which is exactly what it sounds like.
In order to make spaghetti pizza, Angelo’s bakes spaghetti covered in cheese in a deep-dish pizza. Although it was certainly one of the most unusual pizzas I’ve ever eaten, it was surprisingly appetizing.
In addition to this unique pizza, Angelo’s also serves other pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, salads and meats. It has an exceptional number of options on its menu.
Angelo’s also has a happy hour for the student who is of age. On Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., it sells $2 pints and $2.50 wells. It also serves $2 margaritas all day on Margarita Monday, $2 pints on Tuesday and $2 20 oz. drinks on Thursday.
This weekend, Angelo’s is offering a Valentine’s Day “Candlelight Special” for couples. On Feb.14 and 15, for $30.99, Angelo’s is serving a 10 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon “for him” and a 5 oz. bacon-wrapped filet mignon “for her.”
Each meal is served with either a baked potato or spaghetti and salad, garlic toast and cheesecake. The restaurant will even have carnations for the ladies while supplies last. Drinks are not included in the deal, but BYOB is allowed.
Every five years on the anniversary of its opening, Angelo’s returns to the prices of its opening year, 1966, in order to thank its customers and the community. This means that if you don’t stop by Angelo’s Spaghetti and Pizza House soon, be sure to stop by in 2016 for extra-low prices and wonderful food.
Angelo’s Spaghetti and Pizza House is approximately 10 minutes from campus. It’s open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Angelo’s Spaghetti and Pizza House / 1330 W Pioneer Dr. / Irving, TX 75061