Owners Tony and Kelly (Arnold) Angelini say their pizza and authentic Italian entrees have been a big hit at Angelini’s Pizzeria & Ristorante since it opened Sept. 3 at 214 Main St. in downtown Onalaska.
“Dining in and pick-up (business) has been outstanding,” Kelly said, noting that delivery service might be an option in the future.
The couple opened their first Angelini’s restaurant in 2003 in downtown Sparta, and it remains open.
Tony said they decided to open a second location after Onalaska officials encouraged them. The new restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has about 20 employees.
It’s located in the former Clafton Skate, which closed in March, and the Angelinis extensively remodeled the building, which they are leasing.
They opened their Sparta restaurant after moving to Sparta from the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park, Ill., a decade ago. “We moved there because we saw an opportunity,” said Kelly, a Sparta native. “Sparta needed a good restaurant.”
Tony’s family moved from southern Italy to the United States when he was 11. He has worked in restaurants for much of his life and previously managed three restaurants in the Chicago area. He uses his mother’s recipes.
The Onalaska Angelini’s seats 85 to 90 people and has a full-service bar.
Appetizers include bruschetta, garlic cheese bread, caprese, pizza bread and garlic breadsticks.
Pizza options are thin crust, deep-dish pan or stuffed, with a variety of toppings available. Two of the restaurant’s most popular pizzas are the Angelini Special, which comes with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, ham and green and black olives; and Pizza Margherita, made with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and capers.
The restaurant, of course, serves pasta dishes, such as spaghetti, mostaccioli, ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, stuffed shells and tortellini.
Other entrees include veal, chicken or eggplant parmigiana; Luigino’s Special, featuring diced bacon and vodka sauce served over spaghetti or mostaccioli; linguini and clams, chicken cacciatore and chicken blanco, made with two chicken breasts, ham, bacon, mushrooms and Alfredo sauce.
Sandwiches are available at lunchtime and include Philly steak, Italian beef, meatball, grilled chicken, cheesy beef, veal parmigiana and veggie.
Also on the menu are salads and desserts. Tiramisu and cannoli are the restaurant’s two most popular desserts, Kelly said.