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Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante

One lesson this year has taught me is that life is too short to eat anything other than delicious food! A perfect way to be sure you are going to eat a scrumptious meal is to head over to Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante. Nick & Angelo’s is conveniently located at 7376 Oswego Road in Liverpool. They are now open for full dine in service as well as take out! At this time the dining room is open from 4 pm to 8 pm and the bar is open from 4 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Be sure to check out their website at https:// www.nickandangelosristorante.com/ or the Facebook page to keep up with changes in hours and, of course, excellent specials and promotions! You can call them to place your take out order or to make reservations at 315-451-2702. Reservations are highly recommended because seating is limited, but don’t worry, the service is not!

Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante is happy to be celebrating their 5th year serving amazing meals to hungry Central New Yorkers. I bet they will be celebrating many more anniversaries because Nick & Angelo’s is one of those gems where you could be blindfolded and point to anything on the menu and be totally satisfied with the dish that you got! This is not surprising because they pride themselves on their authentic Italian dishes and their absolutely outstanding hospitality! They are also part of the grand traditions of the Carnegie Catering Company founded in 1993. They have some amazing and innovative dishes that you won’t find anywhere else like Clam Chowder Gnocchi (homemade gnocchi topped with a creamy clam sauce, crunch bacon bits, crispy shallots, and a light celery salad garnish), Angels on Horseback (four sautéed colossal shrimp stuffed with horseradish and wrapped in bacon), and Scallop Risotto (creamy homemade risotto topped with three jumbo scallops, diced fried prosciutto crunches and finished with a fresh herb oil). They also have some classic favorites like lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and chicken riggies (which are my sister’s favorite dish)! In addition to the amazing cuisine, you can’t help but notice the warm and inviting atmosphere and the friendly staff that treat you more like family than a customer!

Kyle and I arrived at Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante on a cool fall evening. We were happy to be welcomed by the friendly hostess. We notice the safety precautions that have been taken to ensure not only a delicious but also a safe dining experience. We were immediately seated in a cozy booth. We loved looking at the menu and had a really difficult time making a selection because everything just looked so amazing! We decided on the East Utica Greens, a generous portion of sautéed escarole, diced prosciutto, spicy cherry peppers, with pecorino finish. The textures, the spice, and the cheese topping made this a great way to start a meal. We also took the suggestion of our awesome server and tried the Hot Crab Dip. This dish is loaded with real lump crab, and mixed with cream cheese, lemon, herbs, seasoning, and then baked until it was bubbling. This dish is hot and served with homemade crispy and delicious crostini. This dish was amazing and I would recommend it 100%. Let me say it again – don’t pass up the crab dip!

For an entrée I decided on the mouthwatering eggplant parmigiana, layers of eggplants slices, lightly breaded, fried, topped with a ricotta mixture and homemade marinara with melted mozzarella and served with tagliatelle. I also couldn’t help but order a side of meatballs, and I was certainly not disappointed! Angelo’s Meatballs are topped with homemade red sauce and garnished with grated parmesan, chopped pistachios, lime zest, and olive oil drizzle. These meatballs are unique and wonderful! Kyle decided on the Jumbo Shrimp Scampi, loaded with jumbo seared shrimp with tomatoes and greens simmered in a garlic white wine sauce and served over linguini. This dish was so good that Kyle ate every last bite! After our meal, we were totally stuffed but we couldn’t pass up homemade dessert so we took a slice of the carrot cake and a slice of the Oreo cake home for later. These desserts were rich and delicious and made a sweet end to a fantastic evening.

At Nick & Angelo’s Ristorante, you can count on having an amazing meal every single visit! Their menu is equal parts traditional and innovative. Be sure to check out their website, follow them on social media, or best yet, head to Nick & Angelo’s today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.