This little gem of an authentic Italian restaurant might be tucked away, but it’s worth every mile you go off the beaten path!
A friend of mine enjoyed a totally indulgent experience at Andiamo earlier this month. Paired with wine, each course we enjoyed was thoughtfully prepared and even met my dietary restrictions when appropriate.
First up, super warm and absolutely divine, bread, and a glass of prosecco! The bread was heartier than you’re probably used to getting at the start of an Italian meal – nonetheless, I loved it and it turns out, each loyal customer does too!
Our first antipasti course was the Involtini di Melanzane. It appears to be similar to a stuffed canneloni (in my opinion). I’m not a fan of eggplant, but the breaded eggplant stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella was out of this world! And that homemade tomato sauce…OMG!
The Tartare di Salmone came out right after and let’s just say, I’ll be dreaming about it for a while! I don’t think I’ve had Italian-style tartare before. The salmon mixed with green olives, dijon, capers, green onions, EVOO, and lemon juice was so bright, zesty and flavorful.
Up next, the shining star of the night: Ravioli di Barbabietola. Holy wowzas! I’d never eaten beet ravioli before but I love beets and I love a good ravioli. This was a combo made in heaven! The homemade ricotta and the homemade pasta (yes, they make their own) sauteed in pistachio and on a bed of basil pesto was outstanding! Not too rich. Not too anything. Literally, every bite was just right. And how pretty in pink is it, right?
Winding down the meal, we enjoyed the Capesante e Gameberi and the Polpette Vegetariane. The shrimp and scallops in the Capesante were perfectly cooked and I loved that neither of them smelled seafood-y! Now the Polpettes usually come with a pea and tomato sauce, but due to my tomato allergy, I had it on a sauce of solely peas. The Polpettes went so well with the pea sauce. They were stuffed with cauliflower and cheese – more like a fritter, but really rich and good!
One can never dine at an Italian hot spot and leave without eating dessert! We were stuffed and so we almost left without dessert. But, Daniela, the owner, had me at nutella!
Enter the Rotolo alla Nutella. HOLY WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! Two of my favorite things – chocolate and nutella – in one dessert?! Yassssssssssss! This chocolate cake rolled in nutella was not only a beauty, but it tasted like heaven in a bite. I’m so glad I enjoyed it before heading out. I did have to be rolled out of the restaurant though 🙂
Oh, and if you were unaware, they host a wine dinner the last Tuesday of every month. $60 for 4 courses and full wine pairings. Call to make your reservation!