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“Uneven service and food”
Review of Andiamo Ristorante

Andiamo Ristorante
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Ranked #370 of 3,727 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Northwest Austin
Cross street: Burnet
Oklahoma
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Uneven service and food”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We had heard great things about Andiamo and were looking forward to an evening of fine dining. Despite a few high points, we were slightly disappointed overall. We were greeted promptly and seated by a friendly hostess from Italy. The hostess checked on us several times during the evening and we struck up a nice conversation with her. The dining room is really well decorated and inviting. The tables are far enough apart that you can hold a conversation without involving the neighboring tables. The first negative was the temperature of the dining area. It was in the 60's and breezy. All in our party were cold and the hostess gladly attempted to raise the thermostat - with little relief. I'll preface the rest of review with the fact that we ordered off the regular menu. I would have preferred the chef's tasting menu but we were told to allow about 2 1/2 hours for that and not everyone in our party was so inclined. The Sincero house wine was excellent and came out in mini-carafes. The house bread is among the best sampled. However, when our table asked for a refill, we were promised another basket and it never arrived. When it came to order, the waitress seemed to have some difficulty remembering what the specials were. First up was an appetizer, Salsiccia della Casa, that was beautifully presented with a taste to match. Not everyone ordered an appetizer and there was about a 30 minute break between the appetizer and the salads. Next out were soup and salads. The special of the day soup was creamy red pepper with a fantastic taste. The Insalata di Mele was average (not much on the plate and the presentation was uninspired), but the special of the day salad was very tasty. For the main courses, the Vitello ai Porcini was paper thin and the sauce complemented it perfectly. It was accompanied by silky smooth mashed potatoes and crispy vegetables. After another long wait between courses (maybe 40 minutes), the plates, like the restaurant, came out cool. The Gamberi Andiamo was also tasty but cold and that plate was returned for warming. What emerged from the kitchen was a steaming hot plate and shrimp were rubbery and tough. It was obvious they had microwaved the whole plate. Rather than return it for a second time, we ate what we could off of it. Dessert was another highlight. Coffee and Cafe Americano were brewed expertly and the Panna Cotta was excellent and the white chocolate cheesecake even better (seriously among the best cheesecake I have tested). Overall, we'd rate Andiamo about 3.5 out of 5 on this particular evening. I'd like to give it a second try with the chef's tasting menu.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian Cuisine & Lovely Ambience in North Austin”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

The food and service was absolutely outstanding! I had been there for lunch before and told my wife how good this place was; but when we went there for dinner she was swept off her feet by the nicely decorated, intimate atmosphere, the charming maître d and waitress, and the food. I am Italian-American and we have traveled in Italy a lot and we find this place fantastic. We only had one appetizer and one main plate each, and the waiter was perfectly fine with that. It was all so tasty and filling; the bread is rich, like a soft garlic bread. It is in a nice little shopping center but you will forget this the moment you are greeted at the door. Basically if you are going north on Burnet Rd, instead of looking to your left for the Domain, keep an eye out for Rutland Dr., before reaching Braker Lane.

  • Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Italian Restaurant in Austin”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Andiamo Ristorante is a well kept secret in Austin. They have exquisite food. Their soups are always excellent. Appetizers and salads are unique. It is difficult to choose between the main courses. And desserts, oh well, there are not enough words to describe how wonderful they are. And here is the best part....there is no loud music!!!! You can actually have a conversation and hear the other diners. It is a jewel in Northwest Austin. Don't be turned off by the strip center location. It is the inside that counts.

  • Visited July 2013
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Austin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Disappointing Visit to a Favorite”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We have eaten a half dozen times at this unassuming but authentic Italian restaurant tucked into a nondescript strip shopping center. We have returned so many times because we have always had terrific food and good service. Monday's dinner was inexplicably disappointing. The server, who may have been new, seemed unfamiliar with the menu. My wife asked for fresh spinach instead of sautéed but got sautéed. My bay scallops were rubbery, which is easy to do but unexpected here. The sauce with the scallops beat me over the head-or the taste buds- with garlic. Seasoning is usually subtle here. all in all disappointing. We'll give it another chance and hope this is an aberration.

  • Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Great Italian Dinner”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

The food at Andiamo was comparable to some we have had in Rome, the fennel salad was delicious and perfect for summer. veal saltimbocca was very good. Will definitely have that one again. The rigatoni bolognese was delicious. Pasta was perfectly al dente, a nice balance of the meat sauce paired with the flavor of the rigatoni. Authentic panna cotta and LAVAZZA coffee! If you've spent some time in Italy, you'll recognize the flavor of the coffee.

The only down side was the service. It wasn't terrible, just not great. The restaurant was also too warm for July in Texas

  • Visited July 2013
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