Angelo’s Marries Food and Philanthropy
A forkful of fettuccine and a helping of warm smiles from the staff and you’ll know why hundreds of locals can’t wait to return to their favorite booth or table for two at Angelo’s Pizzeria & Bistro.
The food here —handmade pastas, pizza, gnocchi, stuffed banana peppers and more — is phenomenal, but there’s more to Angelo’s than just tasty eats. It’s also known for its philanthropic spirit in the Brunswick County community.
Angelo Bertolozzi, a Tuscany native, served his first pie in his cozy restaurant in the Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center in the fall of 2003. That same year James Lane, who had moved to the coast from his hometown of Lexington, N.C., came on board as a small partner with the restaurant. A restauranteur and former golf pro, Lane had originally relocated simply to be closer to the ocean. But he says he got way more than that at Angelo’s and in Brunswick County — he found a second family and a new community.
“I feel so lucky to be living in a county where so many people are concerned about giving back to the community,” he says.
Lane understands that giving back is essentially the definition of hospitality and that Angelo’s strives be leaders in that regard.
“We offer genuine hospitality and genuinely good, quality food that keeps customers keeping back,” Lane says. “We want them to know we’re one of them, living and working here — we’re on their side.”
After years of training by Bertolozzi on the business side, as well as in the kitchen, Lane took over the ownership reins when Bertolozzi retired in 2010. “But Angelo is still very much a part of the business,” Lane says. “I mean, his name is on the sign for a reason.”
To show that he means business in his stance on community, Lane began hosting benefit wine dinners for local charities in 2013. Funds raised from those dinners have supported nonprofits such as Brunswick Family Assistance, First Tee of Brunswick County, Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, Brunswick County Community College Foundation, on which he serves as a board member, Brunswick Literacy Council and Novant Health Foundation. Lane is also known to give out Angelo’s gift cards to local schools, churches and hospitals, plus he initiated his own in-house charity, Raising Dough, that’s an ongoing collection at the restaurant.
“When the staff sees the restaurant giving back, it just helps the culture of this business,” he says. “I try to also hear what’s on the staff’s heart with certain charities, to give back to those, too, because I want them to know that hospitality is doing those things and that community is important.”
It’s no question that Lane has a passion for people and helping others. For that reason he was named one of the 2016 Future 10 Leaders by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. These young professionals are the poster children for the chamber’s mantra of Building Community and Supporting Business.
The community, in turn, has also embraced the restaurant, awarding Angelo’s the Best Italian Restaurant of Brunswick County in the Best of Brunswick contest. The restaurant also earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The future is so bright, Lane has plans to build a bigger, better free-standing restaurant on Highway 17 in Shallotte, complete with alfresco dining options and private rooms for large groups.
When he’s not planning ahead or giving back, he relishes time with his family — his wife, Ashley, and daughters Kennedy, age 6, and Claire, age 4.
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110 Shallotte Crossing Pkwy #3, Shallotte