Angelo’s Steak & Pasta has been in Myrtle Beach longer than most transplants (like me) moved here and became “locals.”
For more than 40 years, the longtime locals’ staple along Business 17 moved locations during its tenure, but many beloved traditions haven’t changed. And that would be their acclaimed “greatest steaks in the universe” and unbeatable all-you-can-eat Italian buffet.
From the Sinatra croons pumped out of the speakers indoors and out to the Old World Italian vibes in the décor, i.e., oil landscape paintings, stained glass and strings of patio lights from above in the main hallway, Angelo’s exudes a European family comfort ambiance— meshed with a side of Southern charm.
We hustled our party of five into the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. Angelo’s is open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., when the Italian buffet drops from $11.95 to a special $9.95, which helps the family budget. After our sunny server delivered a bowl of fresh salad mix tossed in their homemade creamy Italian dressing and a basket of buttery garlic knots to our table, we ordered a round of juice and soda for those under 21 and a pitcher of Blue Moon for us. (I’d like to happily report, too, that our server remembered to edge the pitcher with a handful of sliced oranges to finish our pints.)
The two older boys headed off toward the all-you-eat Italian buffet set up in another dining room; food is safely dished out by waitstaff instead of self-served because of COVID. Choose from lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken cacciatore, tortellini Alfredo, Italian sausage, meatballs, Italian green beans, meat or cheese ravioli, stuffed shells, sliced pizza, and two rotating chef’s specials. That should be enough to satisfy anyone’s classic Italian cravings. My 5-year-old ordered two slices of cheese pizza off the kids’ menu that's plated from the buffet (so large that one went home with him).
The adults gravitated toward “The Greatest Steaks in the Universe” section of the menu, after witnessing several sizzling platters of steaks being carried past our table, the intoxicating scents wafting behind. My hubby ordered the 10-ounce ribeye with a baked potato and Italian green beans. It was a perfectly tasty trifecta. I decided on the four-ounce filet mignon, a side of green beans, and the garlic mashed potatoes loaded with provolone cheese and bacon bits. Every bite was melt-in-your-mouth delish. And you can’t go wrong if you decide to add to your steak cut any of their famous sauces, such as Marsala cream sauce, bleu cheese garlic butter, or mushrooms and onions in Marsala wine sauce.
The menu is loaded with oodles of noodle dishes, such as spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli, and linguine topped by a variety of protein combinations, like chicken, veal, Cajun-grilled yellowfin tuna, grilled mahi, lobster medallions, clams, shrimp, scallops and more. Indulge in any of the pasta preparations, which includes Alfredo, Marsala, Parmigiana, Francese, Fra Diavolo, and Lemon Romano. Angelo’s even offers gluten-free penne pasta cooked to order. Start dinner off with an appetizer to share, including escargot in garlic sauce, stuffed banana peppers, filet tips with roasted garlic and red peppers or pierogies sautéed in garlic butter with grape tomatoes and Romano cheese.
Start dinner early for their Early Bird discount from 3-6 p.m. And finish dinner off (if it’s possible to save enough room) with one of their lush desserts, like Brownie Gelato, tiramisu, cannoli, or rum cake. If you want a break from cooking, but would rather eat at home, check out Angelo’s family-style meals to-go. They feed four to six people and include salad, four rolls, and dessert.
From back of house to tableside, Angelo’s is time-tested and continues to show the competition in the Myrtle Beach market how to run a restaurant the right way.
ANGELO'S STEAK & PASTA
2311 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577
Monday through Friday, 3:30-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.