Andrea has brought the Piedmont region of Northern Italy to
Sarasota in an intimate 10 table charming spot.
Beautifully, but simply appointed, once inside you would never know you are in a strip center across the street from the mall. You could easily be in Italy.
The experience starts with an amuse bouche.....tonight, deep fried rice balls. Crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside. The homemade Italian bread is accompanied by hummus, caponata, and herbed butter.
The menu choices are varied, with many nightly specials.
My wife had a very creative and delicious beef carpachio three ways. One with truffles and parmagean, one with avacado and sprouts, and the third with aragula and a mustard aioli. The presentations are fabulous. I started with the pork belly.........melts in your mouth. Did not care for it served over beans, but it was a nice presentation.
For the main, my wife had the veal milanese. Perfectly prepared, and topped with the freshest arugula and tomatoes. I understand Andrea goes to Cortez for fresh fish daily, and to Plant City daily for the fruits and vegetables.
My main was the paparadelli with short ribs. cut with a fork tender, and in a delicious sauce. You can tell the pasta was prepared fresh.
Our sicilian server, Angelo did a great job all around. The whole experience was great and professional.
Prior to going to Andrea, we thought Bologna was the best high-end Italian restaurant in Sarasota. Both are top notch, both special in their own regional specialties, and both ensure the freshest ingredients prepared perfectly, and presented creatively.
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