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“Wants to be a great restaurant”
Review of Andiamo Ristorante

Andiamo Ristorante
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Ranked #338 of 3,779 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Northwest Austin
Cross street: Burnet
Reviewed February 6, 2014

It was my daughter's birthday and she wanted to have some good italian food. This restaurant was close to our hotel and the reviews seemed to be promising, so off we went.

While located in a nondescript strip mall, the restaurant was pretty lovely inside. Service was hit or miss, sometimes wonderfully attentive and sometimes lacking, but overall it was OK.

The food was pretty good. Linguine with black truffles, house made italian sausage with peppers, linguine with shrimp and veal with porcini mushrooms. All fresh and well done.

Nothing tempted us on the dessert menu, we are not big eaters, was pretty full from dinner and I have one daughter who loves chocolate and hates fruit and another that hates chocolate and loves fruit--so no matter how skillful my diplomacy, I could not get them to agree on one to share.

This could be a great restaurant with a little help, make the service more even, import a young chef from Italy on a work exchange program and try to modernize the menu.

Overall, an enjoyable evening.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Not cheap but this hand picked and prepared food was worth the price. I got risotto with sausage and spinach which was very nicely spiced and not over done. They make their own sausage there and use local farmers' products. My child's ravioli was stuffed with mushrooms and cheese; I thought it was sausage. Topped with almond slivers and cranberries gave it a Thanksgiving-type taste. Our apple salad was interesting and light. For desert we got pannacotta with fruit---it was light and very tasty. Service was good and brisk. The atmosphere was fine and tasteful.

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Thank Elcl
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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.

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Thank Met_Prof
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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.

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Thank Bluesboy10
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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.

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Thank Christina P
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