A local pick, the Karneses promised, and local it was
as we pulled into Angela’s Pizzeria and Brewery on Rt 32 just south of
in Kiskatom—a perpetual could-be but finally selected after a dozen
According to its website, Angela’s has had a
productive forty year history in the
. An unmistakably Italian eatery, it offers a generous width of menu
offerings with comfortable pricing—a dozen appetizers, ten soups/salad,
usual array of pizza combination, calzone, paninis, hamburgers, heroes,
several pasta dishes, another eight styles of Italian dishes with choices
of meats, a handful of entrées, and a few desserts. And Wednesday is Pasta Festa night, all you can eat, for $10, with
soup (chicken fajita, this evening) or salad, and bread pudding for
dessert—an event that DP8 normally would not notice (see below). If
selected, one can barely do McDonald’s for that price.
Orders for the table included:
**From the Pasta Festa menu: baked ziti – (Kriss
& Ken), frutti de mare – (Kerry), chicken scampi – (Julie), and
pasta puttanesca – (Mark). All were deemed satisfactory and satisfying.
**From the regular menu: chicken stagione – (Deb
T), shrimp stagione – (Deb K), pork braciole – (Don), and shrimp parm
– (Chay). All were deemed satisfactory.
Off to one side, through the glass plate windows, was
the Rip Van Winkle Brewery, a new venture, and whose offerings of pale
ale, stout, brown ale, and light ale enticed all the usual wine drinkers
this evening except for one. We deemed the beer to be satisfactory, worthy
of a trip back on a dry day. Three others imbibed water or diet soda.
The dessert offerings were sparse, and two of us
chose the tartuffo—formulaic, rock-hard upon delivery, but once
semi-thawed was satisfactory.
Given the circumstances, it was not surprising that
the bill—including tax, tip, and drinks—came to $54 per couple, an
inexpensive night and a 25 minute drive from Freehold.
Service was mostly good (ugh, we did not get a name
this evening). She was efficient (perhaps, a bit curt for our likes a
couple times), food was prompt, water was delivered when requested, and
Ken got most of the (miserable) coffee he wanted.
Ambiance was becoming of a clean, almost sterile,
remodeled pancake house, which is what we seemed to remember the building
was in its earliest incarnation. The front room, about a 30’x30’, bore
a thin carpet, beige veneer wainscoting, lighter upper half, lit by
recessed lightbulbs above and sconces on the wall. Our back half of the serving area, another 30’x30’ but with a
sloping roof, featured the same carpet and walls, but was lit by four
faux-stained-glass bowls, surrounded with the small-tile, half-globe
sconces—again, formulaic but clean and orderly. The tables were veneer-topped, and the chairs were light-colored
wood, with a wooden horizontal piece for back support, all very sturdy but
our (my?) butts were suggesting to move after ninety minutes. A banded
napkin held a set of spoon-fork-knife, with several sets placed mid-table
along with a salt and pepper shaker, and the two piece cut glass globe
holding the non-lit oil light.
If we want a dependable, reasonably priced evening
meal, Angela’s would be on the list.
The evening had started somewhat
unconventionally—an evening of firsts and rarities.
The rarities: a Wednesday
evening date, due to no Friday, Saturday, or Sunday this month being
accessible to all of us. (What is happening to us in retirement!); And then, getting home in the light. With consideration to Deb
working, the Karneses made reservations for
, and we eased back home in the near-solstice light of dusk-sunset; And then, even though it was a Karneses’ selection, the
pre-session was hosted at the Notars’, with supplies brought by the
then, the first, we pulled a DP9, with Kerry & Julie
subbing, complemented by Mark who was an evening bachelor. Whew!
Discussions here, there, and in-between ranged the
usual direction. Even though Joyce was not present, her looming retirement
was the big topic. The fact we could tease Mark caused the prolongation of
topic. The other big topic was C-D stuff, especially with Kerry enjoying
his year so much, and looking forward to another, with new requirements,
return to old ones, administrative changes, C-DTA elections, politics, and
other small stuff.
Other topics: a bit of after-trips details, the weeklong dead
juniper pulling project at the Monteverds, Deb’s photos of Nate and
Jenae, Jen’s pregnancy, summer plans, social calendars, naughty post
cards, the Adamses’ whereabouts, the Quinn and Monteverd and Notarkids’ whereabouts, a bit of the national bad weather news, the
upcoming end-of-year party at Karneses, and more.