Angelina Tadduni, her sister and their husbands converted a small, neighborhood grocery into an Italian restaurant in a row home in northeast Baltimore in 1952. They started from scratch, from ground-up building construction to growing tomatoes for their own sauces in a nearby garden. The families poured hard work and loving devotion into the restaurant seven days a week, and success soon followed.
After the death of Angelina's husband in the 1960's the restaurant was sold to the Reilly family, who added a renowned Irish pub (the first to serve draught Guinness in Baltimore). However "Miss Angie" was asked to stay at her helm in the kitchen, which she cheerfully did, ultimately directing duties there until she was 84 years old. Bob Reilly, meanwhile, was an accomplished chef, and most agree that his finishing touches are what turned the crab cake into something truly special. It was special enough to win almost every award in Baltimore over the years, being voted "Baltimore's Best Crab Cake" 16 separate times by Baltimore Magazine and 10 times by Baltimore's City Paper alone.
Upon Mr. Reilly's passing the restaurant would be sold again for a second time in the 1980's. But new owners Bob and Susan Bufano relied on a familiar strategy and asked Carole Reilly to stay on as the general manager. It seems that tradition and continuity have always been a part of Angelina's success, and that remains true today. The Bufanos were the first to realize that the crab cake's growing reputation could no longer be contained in the old neighborhood, or for that matter the city of Baltimore, and in response to increasing demand they began nationwide shipping in 1993. With Angelina herself remarkably still cooking all the way until 1999, the venerable establishment approached the new millennium as a pioneer of the mail-order food business, expanding the shipping of crab cakes through a successful internet website.
In 2008 a name other than Angelina's would appear on the restaurant's distinctive awning for the first time in almost 60 years, and the brick and mortar side of the story would come to an end. But new investments meant that the mail-order business would carry on, earning eager new fans with cherished old traditions. Crab cakes are central to our region's culinary consciousness, and Angelina's has always represented the best of the best. We continue to make the crab cakes exactly as they were at the restaurant, and do our best to deliver a part of this proud history with each package we send out.