Andiamo Ristorante, Owner Daniela Marcone

It was not the food business that brought Daniela Marcone from her native Naples, Italy, to Austin, Texas with a Medical visa. 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 the States and continue her career in Mental Health 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.