Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Andiamo Says Amore for Valentine's Day

Andiamo Ristorante Spreads the Amore

This Valentine’s Day With Love-Themed Menu:
Four-Course Meal Includes Authentic Italian Dishes Served With Romantic Flair   

North Austin Italian bistro Andiamo Ristorante, known for serving only the most authentic Italian cuisine in the traditional style, is treating diners to a little more amore this Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, during dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m., Andiamo will serve a special four-course love-themed menu ($65 per person, $80 per person with Italian wine pairing) featuring many dishes from owner Daniela Marcone’s own Italian family recipes.

Andiamo guests will begin this romantic Italian feast with a choice of appetizers, including La Felicità (“Happiness”), a dish of house-made Italian sausage served with house-made picked peppers; Mi Fa Ricordare Di Te (“It Makes Me Think of You”), fresh scallops served with capers and shallots in a balsamic brandy cream sauce; and La Passione (“Passion”), a seasonal house-made roasted red bell pepper soup.

For the second course, Andiamo’s love-themed menu features a choice of salads, including Gli Innamorati (“Lovers”), tender mixed greens with fresh strawberries, toasted almonds and Pecorino Romano in a raspberry vinaigrette; Baci e Abbracci (“Kisses and Hugs”), fresh greens, candied walnuts and gorgonzola cheese in a pomegranate dressing; and Mi Sai Viziare Bene (“You Know How to Spoil Me”), Andiamo’s signature fennel salad.

The meal heats up with a choice of seductive Italian entrées, including Destino (“Destiny”), medallions of beef tenderloin sautéed with aromatic herbs in a cognac veal reduction; Romantica Follia (“Romantic Foolishness”), classic risotto in a creamy porcini mushroom Parmesan sauce; Dal Profondo Del Cuore (“From Deep in the Heart”), roasted prawns stuffed with crab meat and potatoes served in a tarragon lemon sauce; and Amore e Psiche (“Love and Psyche”), house-made squid-ink seafood ravioli and baby scallops in a saffron cream sauce.    

Andiamo’s love-themed meal is completed with a choice of decadent desserts, including Solo Parole d’Amore (“Only Words of Love”), house-made hot chocolate soup with crushed red peppers; Cuori Legati (“Laced Hearts”), a fresh fruit tart; and Ti Vorrò Sempre Bene (“I Will Always Love You”), Andiamo’s luscious house-made tiramisu.

Seating for Andiamo’s Valentine’s Day dinner service is limited, and guests are encouraged to reserve a table by calling (512) 719-3377 or emailing andiamoitaliano@gmail.com.      

Andiamo Ristorante is located at 2521 Rutland Dr., in North Austin, and features only authentic Italian cuisine inspired by seasonal ingredients and classic Italian recipes. Andiamo is open for lunch service Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for dinner service Monday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Andiamo also offers private dining for special events. For more information about Andiamo and the special love-themed Valentine’s Day dinner menu, call (512) 719-3377, or visit www.AndiamoItaliano.com.

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