Cucina D’Angelo (Boca Raton)
Cucina D’Angelo, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, Florida 33486 (561) 750-2344.
The other day I saw a newspaper “ad” for Cucina D’Angelo…the deal, 25 bucks got you a 3-course meal…soup/salad or appetizer–entree with pasta–dessert/coffee. Last night, I (and 5 others) tried this semi-upscale” white tablecloth Italian joint.Take a look at Cucina’s website www.cucinadangelo.com for menu/prices/photos.
Cucina D’Angelo is a great-looking joint…inside and patio dining. When we got there around 7:15 pm there were exactly 6 other people in the restaurant. Now, we are talking Sunday night, so the lack of shall-we say patrons, should have been a tip-off of what was coming.
The verdict…caesar salad (fair), meat balls with fried onions (lousy), veal parmigiana (lousy), manicotti (lousy), shrimp fra diavolo (lousy), chicken francese (fair), chicken marsala (fair), service (fair)…this joint should be ashamed of itself.
Cucina D’Angelo should rename itself Ragu City (no insult intended to the makers of Ragu sauce), but the meat- balls, veal parm and manicotti were bathed in a sauce that reminded me of the Ragu stuff I use to eat as a kid. Watery-garbage. The shrimp fra diavolo had maybe 3 baby-shrimp…I think you get the picture!
My dining companions “thought” that just-maybe the $25-special was different food than the “normal menu” because nobody was happy with their meal.
With tax and tip, a meal ran $32.50 a person. I am telling you…without even “knowing” the name of your favorite “mom & pop” Italian joint, that it is better than Cucina D’Angelo. To put it bluntly, the food STUNK. Oh, one other thing, the Italian-bread that was on the table, was borderline stale.
I am not sure how long this joint has been around…I think, that it has been able to “survive” based on the fact that it is located near a number of hotels in Boca Raton…drawing the unsuspecting tourist crowd.
Don’t believe me?…Cucina D’Angelo is open Monday-Friday for lunch and Monday-Sunday for dinner.