It was not the food business that brought Daniela Marcone from her native Naples, Italy, to Austin, Texas. But with her expertise of Italian food and her flair for hospitality, Marcone quickly found a home at Andiamo Ristorante, the North Austin eatery known for its authentic Italian cuisine.
Several years ago, when Marcone was at a crossroads — whether to stay in Austin or head back to Italy — she wandered into Andiamo for lunch, and was pleasantly surprised by the bistro’s classic Italian dishes. After striking up a conversation with the owner, she quickly landed a job as the restaurant’s hostess, a position that enabled the charismatic Marcone to shine. She was soon promoted to manager, and began learning all the ins and outs of a restaurant business. Years later, when Andiamo was in danger of closing, Marcone purchased the Italian gem and began transforming it into a beacon of Italian culture, updating the menu with classic, seasonal Italian cuisine driven by fresh, local ingredients and traditional recipes.
Marcone insists on only authentic Italian fare with no compromise. Every course, dish and bite taken at Andiamo is served as it would be in Italy. The Andiamo wine list features wines from very small Italian producers, including organic and biodynamic varieties. Marcone herself visits local farmers markets twice a week to ensure Andiamo’s seasonal menus highlight only the best local ingredients, and many of the restaurant’s traditional dishes are inspired by her own family recipes. She even travels home to Italy every year to keep up to date on Italian cuisine and culture.
From the breads, to the pasta and even the desserts, everything that graces the Andiamo menu is handmade and chef crafted to ensure only the finest Italian dining experience.
Pier Giorgio Manna (on the left) is a certified professional wine sommelier and dear friend of Andiamo. He has been an active food and wine expert for over 40 years. Pier is knowledgable in authentic Italian food, wine and spirits and shares this passion with Andiamo on a regular basis, including many of the restaurant's monthly wine dinners.
Paolo Bernardi (on the right) of VinusUS has been a special friend and mentor of Andiamo. VinUS represents Italian wineries that are estate vineyards and generally family owned and managed, paying special attention to ensure quality vine growing and wine making practices, banning every "artificial" intervention that would spoil the wine of its natural characteristics and would damage the vines and its soil over the time.