Angelo’s Restaurant is Rooted in Family Tradition in Washington, PA

By Andrea Bosco
Angelo's Restaurant Washington

Angelo’s Restaurant, formerly West Chestnut Spaghetti Inn, in the early 1940s. Photograph from Michael Passalacqua.


It was 1939 when Angelo and Giacomina Passalacqua opened a small tavern named West Chestnut Spaghetti Inn on West Chestnut Street in Washington. Now, 75 years later, their grandson Michael Passalacqua keeps their dream alive with the operation of Angelo’s Restaurant. Though times have changed and equipment has been updated, the recipes are the same! “That’s the thing I’m most proud of,” says Passalacqua. “We’ve stayed absolutely true to our roots and tradition for 75 years. It’s always been about the type of food we make, how we make it, and how we treat and value people.” Menu items like the traditional lasagna showcase the finest ingredients with specially seasoned ground meat, and ricotta, mozzarella, and Romano cheeses, baked in the restaurant’s original tomato sauce. The extensive menu features sandwiches; salads; appetizers; chicken, veal, beef, and seafood selections; and, for dessert, homemade gelato and gelato cakes — pistachio, Stracciatella, and Tiramisu are just a few flavors to choose from. Look to Angelo’s party room for private dining, too. Surely, there is reason to celebrate!

Angelo’s Restaurant, 2109 N. Franklin Drive, Washington. 724.222.7120.

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