This is an elegant place that owes its charm to its excellent location and adherence to the traditional local cuisine. Angiol d'Or faces the Piazza ... More
This is an elegant place that owes its charm to its excellent location and adherence to the traditional local cuisine. Angiol d'Or faces the Piazza Duomo and is opposite the Cathedral and the Baptistry. In the summer, customers can eat in the garden. For starters, they offer cold meat cuts, prosciutto, salami and cooked shoulder; or ravioli with black truffles; or pasta with partridge sauce. Main dishes include shin of veal, tripe with Parmesan, beef stew with polenta, lamb with balsamic sauce or glazed duck breast with pears. The wine list is varied and of excellent quality.
It's no surprise we couldn't find this place anywhere on internet review sites after the fact. We chose Angiol d'Or because, frankly, not much was open in Parma on Jan 1st. We were greeted by a snooty waiter who scoffed at our seemingly innocuous request to get one menu in English and one in Italian (I speak Italian, my husband does not). We should have left then. He proceeded to bring the wrong glass of wine (Chardonnay instead of Pinot Grigio) and he attempted to pressure us into ordering a secondi in a passive aggressive manner: "Oh, I know (how Americans are), I worked in Chicago. I'll bring the menu back after you finish this course!" (Sneered after we ordered an appetizer and a pasta dish -- which has been totally acceptable at restaurants throughout Italy. We are not big eaters!) We didn't stay for dessert or coffee. To expensive, too noisy, too pretentious (for no good reason). Choose something else -- there are too many good places in Parma to settle for mediocrity.
It's placed in a wonderful surrounding, but that's all they can offer. Food was below average and too expensive for its quality & quantity. I ate tuna fish and felt really, really sick afterwards, like being poisoned...Their staff should be much more friendly. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone :(...
We had an upsetting experience with one of the waiters in this restaurant. We had travelled throughout the Veneto region and were welcomed wherever we went. My wife spoke in Italian as much as possible but the waiter interrupted her in this restaurant by shouting "Basta basta" and dismissing her with a wave of his hand. She was reduced to tears. A shame really as the food was extremely good but a shocking example of rudeness. A sad end to our wonderful holiday.
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