The new Trattoria Angela serves authentic Italian cuisine in northern Naples

Hospital transplant recipients from Italy launched a restaurant north of Naples last week to share the Italian cuisine they enjoyed growing up.

Husband and wife Enrico and Angela Esposito, both born and raised in Bacoli, a small town in Naples, Italy, quietly opened Trattoria Angela on Nov. 7 next to the Paragon Theaters in The Pavilion shopping center around the corner northwest of Vanderbilt Beach Road and the United States. 41.

Their new local restaurant lights up a long-standing local dining spot that was more recently Italian restaurants Casa Nostra and Trattoria Abruzzo, but years ago was the Bohemian Schnitzel House.

Popular pasta dishes include linguine with clams and spaghetti Miseno, which includes a light cherry tomato sauce and mussels. In addition to selections of antipasti, salads and homemade pastas, the restaurant offers meat and seafood dishes such as breaded veal, grilled branzino, chicken marsala and salmon piccata.

“We also have good daily specials,” said Enrico Esposito. “The menu is not big, so we can modify it to do as much as we can.”

Until their wine and beer license is approved, the Espositos offer a free glass of wine with meals.

The restaurant has 50 seats divided between indoor and outdoor dining in a space that can accommodate more. “We want to make it comfortable for the staff and for the guests,” Esposito said. “We don’t have customers at Trattoria Angela; we have guests. It’s our home.”

Trattoria Angela, 835 Vanderbilt Beach Road, is open for dinner this month from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. From December for the season, the restaurant will be open from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Lunch service could potentially be added on Fridays and Saturdays, Esposito said.

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