Angelo’s Brick Oven Pizzeria celebrating anniversary with fundraiser

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Last year Angelo’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Wildomar celebrated their anniversary with a fundraiser on behalf of Animal Friends of the Valley. This year, they will do it again on Wednesday, Nov. 6. (Courtesy photos)

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Angelo’s Brick Oven Pizzeria will be celebrating two years in business in the city of Wildomar, but the day won’t be about patting themselves on the back. 

The pizzeria will donate 25% of all sales on that day to Animal Friends of the Valleys. 

“Ericka and I are both animal lovers and have rescued/adopted from Animal Friends of the Valley,” Catalano said. “Last year we wanted to do something for our one year anniversary to give back to this great community. We asked the mayor of Wildomar which charities or organizations needed the most help and he told us Animal Friends of the Valley could use our support. We immediately got on board to help them and are excited to do it again this year.”

Last year, they raised $1,800 and they are working hard this year to top that number. 

Angelo’s opened in November of 2017, a culmination of a dream for Catalano, born in Piazza Armerina, Sicily.

Raised on his mother and grandmother’s favorite recipes and spending a lot of time learning the restaurant business in his father’s deli, Catalano became enthralled with working with quality ingredients, making delicious food and customer service. 

“I wanted to open this restaurant to make my American Dream come true and to keep the promise I made to my mom the last time I saw her that I would make her proud,” Catalano said. “I wanted to bring something new, fresh to this area of Wildomar and surrounding communities. Brick oven pizza, homemade pasta, different specials each night and as many imported ingredients as possible.”

In addition to, obviously, brick oven, woodfired pizzas, Catalano offers a varied menu that includes antipasti, insalate, paninis, fresh pasta dishes, desserts and specials that feature recipes from the old country.

So far, the restaurant has been a success and Catalano is fulfilling his promise to his mother. He thanked Wildomar for the warm welcome. 

“My wife Ericka and I have lived in this area for over 10 years,” Catalano said. “Even before we opened the doors to our restaurant we have had an outpouring of support from the Wildomar residents and surrounding cities.”

He said the restaurant is a reflection of the community. 

“We love that Wildomar is a tight-knit, supportive community and we wanted to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for our locals,” Catalano said. 

The restaurant recently added a catering menu for all price points and has daily lunch and dinner specials, a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and vegan and vegetarian options. 

Angelo’s Brick Oven Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. 

The restaurant is located at 36370 Hidden Springs Road in Wildomar. Call (951) 428-0080 or visit www.angelosbrickoven.com.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.