Angelo’s Italian Eatery – Portage
The last several months, I have blogged a lot about a co-workers new found love of Mancino’s grinders. After reading these posts, my mother-in-law got curious. She had never had a grinder.
Said Mother-In-Law came to town this week to bring us some new car seats that she got a good deal on. After she got to town, J said we should go find grinders for lunch. How could I argue with that.
I found out a few months ago that Angelo’s Italian Eatery does a pretty good grinder. Usually, I go to the Ravine Road location, but there really isn’t a dining room there. There’s another location by the airport so that’s where we went.
Angelo’s Italian Eatery is on Portage Road. It’s just to the north of the main entrance to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The restaurant is in a strip mall, but the space is actually quite large. The order counter is in the back near the kitchen and the rest of the space is filled with tables.
I didn’t have much to think about as we looked at the large menu hanging on the wall. As I usually do, I ordered the 16″ Pizza grinder and a large Pepsi. My Mother-In-Law followed my lead with an 8″ Pizza Grinder while J ordered an 8″ Turkey Club. Both of the ladies got a regular drink which brought the total to just over $31.
After ordering, we grabbed a high chair and took a seat at one of the many four top’s in the middle of the restaurant. Even at 1:30 in the afternoon, there were quite a few other people dining in.
The wait was less than 10 minutes. The sandwiches are served cut in 4″ portions in plastic trays with a handful of chips.
As expected from a grinder place like this, the bread was the star of the meal. The soft, flaky, fresh baked bread with little bits of burnt ends is what makes these sandwiches. The two pizza grinders were stuffed with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. There was an abundance of the sauce which made the sandwich a little messy, but very delicious.
J’s Turkey Club came with turkey, bacon, lettuce, mozzarella, and mayo (which she opted to leave off). Right before ordering, she was about to go with the 4″ grinder, but I stopped her and told her an 8″ would probably be a better idea.
The grinders at Angelo’s are what I love about the grinder sandwich. They are so delicious and it’s a quick meal. Most importantly, J’s mom’s first experience with the grinder was successful one.