The long full whistle of a train pulling into Depot Square in Barre Vermont once filled the valley with excitement. The sound blended with the rhythmic clatter of horses' hoofs on cobblestone streets, the clanging of the city's trolley, and the musical sound of Italian chatter and singing along the stoops of Main Street.
It was the early 1900's in Central Vermont. The granite structure that would house the Vermont legislature was carved out of the earth in Graniteville by Italian stonecutters and transported by long oxen-pulled carts from Barre to the Capitol City, Montpelier. When the stonecutter, Papa Rabioli, brought his wife and children from northern Italy across an ocean to Barre, Vermont, he didn't know that his great-granddaughter would one day open an Italian pizzeria and restaurant in Montpelier that would offer their family tradition of serving excellent Italian food from original recipes brought from their homeland.
Angeleno's Pizza opened in May of 1982 in a historic wood framed, clapboarded bay house next to the original Montpelier train depot. When it first opened its doors, Angeleno's offered hand tossed pizza, subs served on homemade bread, roast beef seasoned and cooked on the premises, and pasta with homemade sauces all cooked in its open kitchen.
In the late 1980's, the restaurant re-decorated its dining room and expanded its offerings with a wider variety of house-made Italian entrees, salads and appetizers. The owner consulted and apprenticed with an Italian Chef improving an already winning combination of friendly service, excellent food, and an intimate family atmosphere. The dining experience was enhanced by historical family pictures, depicting the Central Vermont Italian community.
Over the years, Angeleno's has earned the trust of local residents by consistently delivering a high quality product. The restaurant has received recognition from local Vermont newspapers, was featured on the cover of "Pizza Today" magazine, and its traditional Italian food was highlighted in a Swiss documentary film.
The echo of a long, full train whistle pulling into depot square is now heard again in Central Vermont, as trains carrying grout from the granite quarries move through the river valley to other parts of the country. The memory of Italian families and friends sharing picnics on the green hills and celebrating life by singing songs and conversations around a dinner table filled with their labor of love, their food, are fading; but when you dine at Angeleno's Pizza and Restaurant you experience a taste of that tradition. The humble art of the Italian family serving delicacies that satisfy. Chi Manghi bene, vive bene. (you eat well, you live well)