Even in late fall, one menu special was the panzanella salad filled with
explosively juicy tomatoes the color of sunshine and hunks of ciabatta
that soaked up the oily dressing without turning into limp sponges of
Though pho is certainly the house specialty, the menu is a
playground of things to try. I’m sorry, gentle readers, that in my
pregnant condition I couldn’t stomach the thought of trying the fried
frogs legs or skewered chicken hearts, but they are there, and based on
everything else I ate, I bet they’re tasty.
Andiamo is perched in that sweet middle spot, with the
gracious (if not at all hip or trendy), welcoming attitude of a
neighborhood restaurant and behind-the-line food know-how that offers
you something more than vague food smothered in mozzarella.
I never pass up pancit, and neither should you,
particularly if you like your noodles salty, cooked to death and
seasoned with broth, vegetables and your choice of meat. This is comfort
food that will give any uppity take on mac ’n’ cheese a run for its
There are days when it seems we’ve reached the saturation point in this
whole gastropub phase. But then another newbie joins the scene; I scan
the menu, I’m intrigued, and, before I know it, I’m buried under a pile
of wacko snacks.