A Life of Flavor: Angelo Antonucci

By Leslie Moore

A Life of Flavor: Angelo Antonucci

Angelo Antonucci, Angelo’s Steak & Pasta

Tell us a little about yourself

I was raised in Steubenville, Ohio, the home of Dean Martin, who actually worked for my father, and my grandfather was Mr. Martin’s Cub Scout leader. I have a large signed poster of Mr. Martin, signed by him to my father, hanging near the entrance to Angelo’s.

I graduated from Adrian College in Michigan with a BS in Biology – I wanted to be a doctor, but after I finished college, I decided I didn’t want to go to school for another seven or eight years! In 1980, I decided to move to Myrtle Beach and open a restaurant. My father owned a popular meatball and Italian sausage sandwich shop while I was growing up, and I loved the business. I had visited the area during the height of summer, thinking there were so many people here that business should be great. When I opened my restaurant in the dead of winter it was quite a shock!

I am married and have four children, two from my previous marriage. The older two are 32 (daughter) and 29 (son). They both live in Tampa, Florida, and are doing well. My two younger daughters are 16 and 18 and attend Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. We live in Prestwick Country Club.

What is your secret to a Timeless Life?

God, my faith, fitness and diet – I lift weights and ride my bike daily. My diet is sensible and healthy, focusing on lean protein and vegetables.

My friend and chef, Steve Straka, who moved here with me from Ohio and supported me through building my business, passed away from diabetes in 2009. I wouldn’t have made it to where I am now without him. His portrait and chef jacket hang in the restaurant, along with a collage of his photos.

How did you celebrate your last milestone birthday?

[laughing] I was working! My birthday is on July 26th, the middle of the summer and a very busy time for the restaurant.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done lately?

One of my passions is scuba diving, and now my daughter loves it too. A few years ago, we vacationed in Cancun, and dived in the Underwater Caves there, and on another vacation we did a shark dive with 6-8 foot sharks swimming all around us.

Tell us about Angelo’s Steak and Pasta.

My first restaurant was Angelo’s Sandwiches and Deli, but in 1980 that type of food wasn’t a big hit in Myrtle Beach. I quickly changed my menu, and we became Angelo’s Steak & Pasta. Our first night open, we had an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner for $2.99 and had to close the restaurant early because we ran out of food!

Hurricane Hugo destroyed that original building, and we then moved two blocks away from our current location. This building became available in 2012. After remodeling, it seats 420, and there is an all you can eat Italian buffet, along with a menu of Italian favorites created fresh to order from scratch. Probably about 50% of my business is steaks – they are delicious!

Angelo’s Steak &Pasta is located at 2311 South Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 843-626-2800.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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