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.
Mimoza Hajmeli (Right) General Manager
Mimoza attended the university of economy studies in Bologna and started her career in the food industry as a Quality Assurance Manager for years.
After leaving Italy and came to the States, she met Daniela.
She soon shined at Andiamo amongst our patroons. Talking to people, making them feel comfertable explaing ingredients, pairing wines and receiving feedback from them,is her dream coming true. Her future is here with us and her job at Andiamo is what she always dreamed of since she was a little girl!
Victor Ibarra (left)- Executive Chef
Chef Ibarra's formal culinary experience began in California at "Il Ristorante L'Opera" for over 20 years, and continued with extensive training under the wing of Mario Batali, which gave Chef Victor the opportunity to shine amongst celebrity chefs at the Oscar Governors Ball official after party over the years of his career in California.
In 2007 the restaurant where he worked, sent Victor to open up a new location in Austin Tx. After few months he met Daniela, and decided to accept her offer as Andiamo's executive Chef and take the restaurant to the next level!
Pier Giorgio Manna has been involved in the restaurant business since 1964. He has owned and operated several restaurants in northern Italy, for approximately 25 years. He is also a certified Professional Sommelier.
His masterpiece is the well known "Ristorante da Silvio" located in the town of San Michele all'Adige, near Trento, (north Italy) in the heart of the Dolomite mountains. It was designed and decorated by Riccardo Schweizer, a local famous artist.
In 1974, upon completion of over 3 years of courses, practices and exams, PierGiorgio Manna passed the final test and was certified as Professional Sommelier by the Italian Association of Sommeliers.
He kept the passion for fine wines well alive. Today, after over 40 years of active experience, he can be easily defined a food and wine expert. PierGiorgio is willing to share his passion and knowledge with anyone interested in authentic Italian foods, foods products, wines and spirits.
In 1996 he move to Austin, TX and started distributing good Italian wines in the State of Texas and to Andiamo!