Punching the Clock: Little eatery, big taste

NORWICH – Traffic is known to be heavy at times on state Route 12 in the Town of Norwich, approximately one quarter of a mile south of the Price Chopper and South Side Plaza intersection. The hustle and bustle of cars and trucks at lunchtime is unmistakable, and it’s partly what led to the decision of restaurant owner Angelo Oliveri to open his road-side business, Angelo’s Lunch Box, two years ago.

I ventured to Angelo’s Lunch Box on a busy Friday afternoon, where Oliveri showed me the ropes of being a short order cook in a fast-paced kitchen for this latest installment of Punching the Clock. Along with the traditional hamburgers and deep-fried hot dogs so often associated with the long summer months, Oliveri also serves up a variety of wraps, seafood, salads, subs and side dishes.

“What we’re most widely known for is the portion sizes,” said Oliveri, noting that a full order of french fries tips the scales at close to two pounds and wraps are often overstuffed. The restaurant also serves a signature Philly Cheese Steak using in-house roast beef in place of frozen commercial product, and maintains prices that compete with any local eatery.

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