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In these ever-changing times sometimes all you need is a great meal in a warm atmosphere to help you put things into perspective. There is no better place to get a meal that makes you feel like everything will be just fine than Santangelo’s. They are embracing the new normal and looking forward to it as a new beginning. Santangelo’s Restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1986 and in that time they have become a true favorite of hungry Central New Yorkers. At Santangelo’s the food is always mouthwatering, the atmosphere is always friendly and the service is always outstanding. Santangelo’s is conveniently located at 673 Old Liverpool Rd in Liverpool, a short 5-minute drive from downtown Syracuse. Santangelo’s is open Tuesday through Saturday for dining inside and on the patio as well as for curbside pickup. Give them a call to book your reservation or place your to-go order at 315-457-4447.

Santangelo has made some big changes this year. The dining room has been updated with your safety in mind. They have really put the health and safety of the customers and the staff at the forefront. They have hit the sweet spot in the dining room with measures to ensure safety while still managing to keep the warm and inviting feel you have come to expect from Santangelo’s. On the tables, you will find the menu and also a link to their menu so that you can choose how you view the menu based on your comfort level. They have also done some major updates and renovations in the bathrooms, they are expanded, modern, and super clean! You can also look forward to one more renovation coming soon – the patio will be transformed into a four seasons room to be utilized all year long! With all of these changes, it’s also important to point out that some things have stayed the same. Santangelo’s is still family-owned and operated as they have been for over three decades. I’m told that the next generation of family members have begun working at the restaurant! Another thing that hasn’t changed is the Santangelo’s appreciation for their dedicated staff and loyal customers. They know that everyone has a lot going on and they want to thank you for your patronage and support. They wouldn’t be here without you and they really appreciate you!

Kyle and I arrived at Santangelo’s on a beautiful fall evening. We immediately noticed the beautiful patio area and noted that it will be so great to be able to enjoy it all year long! We were greeted at the door and brought inside where we were seated at a cozy booth. We decided to start our meal with my favorite appetizer, the fried goat cheese. This dish is the perfect combination of creamy goat cheese with a light breading, paired with crispy bread, and a perfectly spicy bruschetta with cherry peppers. This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers. We also couldn’t resist ordering the Sam’s Sampler, this sharable dish has hearty clams casino, golden fried mozzarella, fried calamari, and generously stuffed mushrooms all served with three tasty dipping sauces! We also enjoyed the warm bread and dipping oil. Kyle ordered a cup of grandma’s chicken soup, a perfect

little warm-up. I had the fresh and crisp Ceasar salad. For our entreés, we always have such a hard time making a selection because we know that everything is just so delicious! For my entreé I finally decided on the Shrimp Ala Fina, a gigantic portion of cavatelli piled high with shrimp and broccoli, all topped with a seasoned cream sauce. This is one of my favorite dishes on the menu. After considering the Eggplant Parmigiano, or Cosmo’s sampler (chicken parmigiana, homemade ravioli, and cavatelli alfredo) he finally decided on the Seafood Bouillabaisse, a dish with a generous portion of haddock, shrimp, scallops, and clams in an herb butter clam broth sauce with stewed tomatoes served over a heaping portion of linguini. Kyle loved this dish so much he ate every last bite! Although we were full from dinner we just could not pass up one of the delectable desserts that Santangelo’s has to offer. I went with my all-time favorite, the lemon berry mascarpone cake and Kyle delighted in a slice of homemade cheesecake topped with apple pie filling. It was a sweet way to end another perfect meal at Santangelo’s!

Often duplicated but never replicated, Santangelo’s has been serving up some of the best Italian dishes in Central New York for decades. There are only three things that matter at Santangelo’s, fine food, good friends and family. The food is so fantastic that it speaks for itself and at Santangelo’s, everyone is treated like a good friend or family. This year has been a big adjustment for everyone, so much has changed but it’s good to know that through all of this you can still get a great meal at Santangelo’s. They are still booking private parties in accordance with the guidelines and they are also taking orders for the upcoming holiday season. After all of this, you deserve that date night,

that family dinner, or that night off from cooking. Let Santangelo’s take care of you while keeping you safe! For the most up to date information, check out their website http:// www.santangelosrestaurant.com/ or on their social media pages, call and make a reservation or place your take out order today!

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.