For Valentine's Day my wife and I got reservations at Andiamo- Riverfront prior to seeing a play. First of all, avoid our mistake being unfamiliar with the area: drive past the parking garage and approach the restaurant from the river- use the valet parking at the door and you'll save yourself about 10 minutes walking from the parking garage each way.
I ordered the Petto di Pollo alla Valdostana- a lightly breaded chicken breast covered with prosciutto & fontina cheese served on a bed of asparagus and carrots in a garlic white wine sauce. I added artichoke hearts for an additional charge and the chef incorporated them into the dish by putting them on top of the chicken breast. All the food was perfectly cooked and flavored. The presentation was also very well done. The dish came with a side of bowtie pasta with meat sauce which was smartly presented on a smaller dish. This was also very flavorful, but nothing spectacular. I had the house salad which was nicely presented although the house dressing was rather bland in my estimation. The bread was warm and very tasty. It is served with a seasoned olive oil for dipping. I also ordered the Chef's Potato- which turned out to be just mashed potatos. I'm unsure if it is always mashed potatos, or if it's whatever type of potato the chef chooses for the day. The potato was bland and needed seasoning.
My wife ordered the Tortellini alla Panna which I believe was homemade because it had a unique shape compared to tortellini I have had before. My wife rated it a 10 out of 10. She had the same salad and bread that I had, although she was not as critical of the salad dressing as I was.
We each ordered a dessert. I ordered something they called the kit kat, which was a rich chocolate dessert. Good but not great. My wife rated hers as a 6 out of 10.
The service matched the culinary greatness. Our waiter was very attentive and our water glasses were always filled before we asked which is the type of service one should expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
The waterfront view overlooks Caesar's Casino and hotel in Canada. We also had a beautifully well kept salt water fish tank all across the back wall where we were sitting. The fish were all healthy and fascinating as they had a number of different species in the tank.
Now, the downside, which inspired the title of this review. First off, the black padded bench which sits directly in front of the fishtank was visibly dusty. So much so that you could see the difference when you brushed it off by hand. This did not seem like the kind of dust that could accumulate in a day, but rather weeks or maybe even months. All they would have to do to remedy this would be to have someone wipe it down with a wet cloth daily. Why they don't do this is beyond me. The second area that needed addressing was the bathroom sink. It had the kind of grime that only comes from weeks or even months of neglect. I would be surprised to find this kind of filth in a fast food restaurant, let alone a restaurant where you pay $20 or more for your entre! I will say that the table and other areas of the restaurant looked emaculate. So, why these simple areas are not addessed is a mystery.
With all that being said, we enjoyed our visit and may return when we next visit Detroit. The food and service are good enough to overlook those isolated instances of uncleanliness. The uncleanliness was our only reason for rating it a 4 instead of a 5. Bon apetit!
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