Angelo’s marking 90 years of food on Federal Hill

Owner Bob Antignano shares memories with diners gathered at Angelo's Civita Farnese, marking the restaurant's 90th year in business Nov. 17, 2014. (Photo by Dave Wiggins, WPRI-TV)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Federal Hill staple, Angelo’s Civita Farnese, is celebrating 90 years in business. Monday morning, owner Bob Antignano invited several friends of the restaurant — long-time customers, Rhode Island dignitaries, and others — to share memories of the eatery’s lengthy history.

Two dozen or so people crowded into the restaurant’s leather booths to watch a short video compilation of photos taken throughout the restaurant’s tenure. “Our history begins with the immigrant experience, and runs through the depression, World War II, Woodstock, and so much more,” said Antignano in a news release prior to the event.

The menu includes “Original Classics from 1924,” thick with Italian tastes, from braciola to veal parmesean — and a snack of meatballs and French fries.

Customers have been singing the restaurant’s praises late into their lives. Antignano told the gathered crowd he’s hoping to host a woman celebrating her 100th birthday next March at the restaurant. Unfortunately, “we did lose a gentleman a couple years ago who was 103. He absolutely believed that our food kept him going!” Antignano quipped.

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