Angelo's is a family run Italian restaurant in small town Dixon, most famous for being the child hometown of President Ronald Reagan.
Angelo's is one of several local Italian choices and is known for their signature sauce, which you can purchase directly from the restaurant or find in one of several local County Market stores.
We even know a few former Dixon residents who still have the sauce shipped to them out of state: I guess this says something about the quality of the sauce!
While in town visiting relatives, Mike and I visited the new Angelo's location in Dixon. The original location still stands in Rock Falls. Additionally, you will find Angelo's II in Sterling, which is the most popular location.
We wanted to try out the new Dixon location after hearing multiple good reviews. We were satisfied in the quality of the Italian entrees and affordable prices.
One of the most popular menu items at Angelo's is the Spaghetti Pizza. Although it sounds strange, many locals are obsessed with the dish.
I went for the Spinach Artichoke Ravioli, which was a pretty decent dish, although the Alfredo sauce was a tad thin. In my opinion, Alfredo sauce was the wrong choice for this type of ravioli: it took away from the natural flavor of the ravioli. A lighter olive oil based sauce would have been a better option.
The salad bar was a disappointment due to the lack of high quality produce.
Mike ordered pizza with chicken as a topping. After testing out the salad bar himself, he also felt the need to spruce up the vegetable quality and selection. He did enjoy his pizza (the sauce was great) and even had a few leftovers for lunch the next day.
Although the quality at Angelo's is not top notch, it is one of the better options in Dixon for an affordable casual meal.
Service was average. I wouldn't say it was bad, however, it wasn't spectacular either.
Angelo's has a casual pizza/pub style design. You have the option of dining either in the lively bar area or in the casual dining room. The old memorabilia adorning the walls is appealing, as is the beautiful stained glass which hangs over the salad bar area.
This restaurant is a bit bigger and more spread out than other restaurants in town, leading to a more comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere.
I would probably visit Angelo's again as we have family members in town who really like this restaurant. Pizza fans will appreciate the different specialty options available.
Angelo's appeal lies in its' family friendly, cozy atmosphere, making it the perfect spot in town to catch up with family and friends.