THIS Italian eaterie is certainly in-demand, if our first attempt at ordering is anything to go by.

We’d hoped a Saturday night family feed would inject a bit of fun into the weekend, but pushed that back when it turned out it would be at least two hours before we’d get our food.

The man on the phone said the kitchen staff had “chips coming out of our backsides” and that while earlier slots were available on Angelini’s website, they’d be unable to meet those. It can’t be easy – a disclaimer on the site warns the team will “work towards” the time you pick and apologises in advance if they can’t make it – and also asks customers not to “verbally abuse our staff as they are doing their best”.

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It’s perhaps a sign of the tense times we’re living in that a local business feels the need to make that plea public. Stress levels are high, not least for operations like this, where they’ve had to reduce opening hours from week-long to weekend to keep going while Covid keeps eat-in hospitality shut.

Angelini’s has added burgers to the pizza, pasta and desserts on its takeaway menu and we sampled that extensively after pushing our meal back to Sunday evening.

You can phone for your feast from Thursday to Sunday from an extensive menu covering calzone to cava. Well, prosecco. It delivers to Erskine, Inchinnan and Langbank and faces tough competition in the area. We’d heard both good and bad before ordering and weren’t sure what to expect.

The wee ones opted for garlic bread, spaghetti pomodoro and margherita pizza. Himself had chilli fries and a carne amanti pizza with Italian sausage, pepperoni & pancetta, while I tried the bruschetta and the Green King burger and fries. Those weren’t as crispy as I’d have liked and though the burger had been advertised as a “beetroot patty”, I couldn’t discern any of that purplish vegetable in the crunch-coated double-decker that was delivered.

The pizzas went down well but the spaghetti pomodoro could have been richer to lift it above what home cooks can make. The bruschetta was a highlight, but the portion of garlic bread could have been bigger for the money. No complaints about the portion size of anything else though – the pasta tub was so full that there was loads left after three kid-sized bowlfuls.

RATING: Three out of five

PRICE: £46.90 for garlic bread, bruschetta, Mexican fries, two pizzas, spaghetti pomodoro and a vegetarian burger with chips

DELIVERY: We collected