Angel Mendoza, who was the chef behind the recently closed Baronessa in Rockville and Angel’s Pizza and Pasta in Wheaton Mall, is back with a new restaurant. His newest venture, an Italian restaurant named Terra Mare, is located at 2504 Ennals Ave in Wheaton– the former location of Intipuqueño Restaurant.
Terra Mare will feature pasta, pizza, “a la parilla” which means “on the grill” and features various steaks as well as fajitas, seafood, chicken dishes, soups, and salads. The restaurant will be open Sunday-Thursday from 11am until midnight, and Friday/Saturday from 11am until 1am.
More about Chef and co-owner, Angel Mendoza, per the Terra Mare website: Having completed a rigorous training from Carlos Rosario International School Culinary Arts Program, Angel worked at the Michelin awarded 2Amys restaurant in Washington DC, where he made his way from a dishwasher up to a kitchen manager, gaining his experience with a well-known Chef and restaurant’s owner, Peter Pastan.
Prior to becoming a co-owner of Baronessa, Angel launched three Red Rocks restaurants in DC and VA, overseeing all of them for the next seven years. He was in charge of menus development, managed the kitchen, cooking as well as overseeing catering services.
Seven years later, having ensured that the restaurants became well established, Angel felt ready for his new dream endeavor – launching his own restaurant. Few months after opening Baronessa and now Terra Mare Angel completed a training led by none other than the President of VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) Association, Peppe Miele and became VPN certified pizzaiolo chef.
Angel’s motto is “Food should make people happy. And it does, when made with love, attention to detail and talent”.
Since “food is one of the simplest ways to increase the level of human’s happiness”, as Angel likes saying, he not only creates delicious menus, but can also come up with a Chef’s special on the go, when talking to our regular guests and finding out more about their tastes and mood. Such personalized attitude allows our customers to follow not only the menu, but also their heart wishes.
Chef’s true love though lies in Neapolitan brick oven wood-fired pizzas. So, you can enjoy both, traditional pizza recipes and their Angel’s interpretations in our menus (their thin crust remains “untouchable” of course).
In Angel’s opinion: “However hard you try to keep up with restaurant trends, the ever high demand trend is “simply” human to human attention. It is always en vogue. This definitely sets us apart from the majority of other places in the area, though the beginning and the end of any argument about restaurants remains the food. And it’s hard to beat us on this!”
We are inviting you to meet the Chef in person and find out what would become your favorite at Terra Mare, or to get your personalized Chef’s Special!