As we inch closer to summer holidays, long lunch season ramps up calling for flutes of champagne, al fresco dining and well-overdue catch ups with friends. Whether it’s toasting to new beginnings or making up for missed milestones, Andiamo has your lunching needs covered. While a firm favourite year-round, the Herne Bay stalwart only gets even better in summer. Much to the delight of its loyal fan base, the beloved hotspot will be dishing out all of its much-missed classics, alongside a new summer menu.
The award-winning restaurant is all about fresh, seasonal produce, most of which is plucked locally or sourced from authentic artisan suppliers. Traversing a gamut of palates, no matter your party size, Andiamo delights the tastes of all. Cult favourites such as the chilli fried calamari with bagna cauda, chilli oil and lemon and the iconic macaroni with bacon, chilli and fontina cheese are of course a long lunch must. But, as much as we love the comfort of the tried-and-true, it's also refreshing to change things up every now and then.
Andiamo's new summer menu invites sharing, with crowd pleasers like burrata atop aubergine ‘caponata’ with heirloom cherry tomato and basil and Hawke’s Bay lamb meatballs with cannellini bean, kale pesto and lemon. For mains, you can't go wrong with a classic Italian dish like the agnolotti with lemon ricotta, fava bean, fresh peas, pine nuts and mint or melt in your mouth milk-fed lamb with almond agliata, parsley, lemon.
During the warmer months, the lighter classics like the local oysters and strawberry and rocket salad will go down a treat. As for drinks, kick-off the session with a refreshing summer spritz to quench your thirst, then move onto your favourite wine, always poured with a smile.
A stone’s throw away from the nightlife of Ponsonby, Andiamo is the perfect base to kick-off a day of festivity. Better yet, if you’re lucky enough to score a table outside at the buzzing corner eatery, hunker in for the evening. Whatever time, whoever you’re with, Andiamo promises to be the makings of a good summer.