621 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Bridgeway Promenade. Website and reservations, with specials like free corkage on Wednesday, are here. Lunch and Dinner menus are here, and Wine List is here. A parking lot is next door, and city lots are about three blocks away; Angelino validates the first hour of parking there. Some street parking farther south on Bridgeway.
| #9 (Tied) on the OurSausalito.com Best Restaurant Views List for 2016
Name Game: After being known “forever” as Angelino’s, a few years ago this restaurant shortened their name to just Angelino. There was no change in owners, chef or cuisine, but they did save on ink for their stationery!
Angelino is a nice little Italian place, focusing on cuisine from southern Italy, and draws high marks for its food. The restaurant has remained successful for many years in an area with multiple excellent Italian competitors, leveraging both its Bay and City views and its “feel free to speak Italian with the staff” atmosphere.
The restaurant is just across Bridgeway from the Bay and has a wide view of the San Francisco skyline in the distance, but only the tables near the front and outside on the sidewalk really get the full impact of this vista.
The southern Italian cuisine is authentic and the food is well prepared. The dining room is not large and the setting is classy — it reminds us of being in Italy when we come here and the building is close to 100 years old. Service is pleasant and efficient. Their view may not be as open as Scoma’s across Bridgeway, but I think their pasta is better.
This is a place where if you wanted to order and speak only in Italian there would be no problem. OK, they might have to swap servers, but this is a lot better than a lot of Italian food places across the country where the server thinks “Firenze” is a fragrance sold in drug stores.
For many of their dishes they make the pasta by hand in-house — ask your server about the dish you plan to order. The papardelle I had recently had a wonderful al dente texture to it, the “feel” you can only get with pasta that’s fresh-made from this morning. The mushrooms were likewise fresh and the texture was wonderful.
I would also love to pass a City ordinance that only sports cars can park in the spot in front of Angelino, and never SUV’s. If a low-slung car is in that space it opens the big view for two or three additional tables.
On a nice day consider this place for a very late lunch or an early dinner. Especially in winter, Angelino’s front tables have a view of the San Francisco skyscrapers bathed in the sharply angled light of the last hour of the day. The colors and shadows change every five minutes, and it’s a beautiful show.
Something else that people should know about Angelino? Have proof that the UPS driver is trying to blackmail the restaurant by blocking their (great) view with his %^$##%# truck? (We’ll testify as witnesses at the trial!) Disagree with any of our suggestions? Please let us know!