One of Las Vegas’ Best Kept Restaurant Secrets:
The amazing Fettuccine con Aragosta e
There are no words to describe
what a find this fine restaurant is, with its warm charm and
ambiance. Located at the fabulous Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino,
Andiamo is one of the best restaurants you will ever experience. No
fluff, just a cozy and comfortable, yet elegant place to have some
of the finest gourmet Italian dishes you will ever have the
opportunity to enjoy.
To begin with, you will be greeted by
one of the finest dining managers anywhere, the handsome,
charismatic, and ever-so-charming, Miguel Aston from Spain. What an
elegant man he is. You will see him floating around making sure that
EVERY guest is more than taken care of IN STYLE!
Andiamo opened in 1987. This was the very first
open kitchen in Las Vegas. Since then, the executive director of
food and beverage Martin Duane and the AMAZING and brilliant room
chef Ray Sansota, (who studied at CIA in New York) have made this
one of the cities best restaurants. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THIS RESTAURANT
IS A MUST! The service is outstanding. Your every need will be taken
care of, however you will not feel interrupted, bothered or rushed
in anyway. My server, Roberto Diaz, was so wonderful and could not
do enough to make me happy. ‘Happy’ at Andiamo is an understatement!
Just to inform you up front, everything, and I mean
everything served here is stellar; however, let me help you to
narrow it down a bit.
For starters, here you will find one
of the finest Caesar Salads anywhere with its crisp, fresh and cold
Romaine lettuce and Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings is a classic. Yum!
The Antipasto Della Casa, with imported Italian cold cuts with
grilled vegetables, roasted sweet bell peppers and buffalo
mozzarella is an out of this world treat as well! For the fish
lover, you might want to try the Scampi Alla Toscana with shrimp
sautéed with garlic and white wine Italian parsley and crispy straw
potatoes. So divine! The black mussels with white wine, spicy tomato
garlic broth is delicate with a burst of delicious flavors.
Moving along to the best pasta dish I have
devoured in years, the Fettuccine Con Aragosta E Gamberoni with pan
tossed lobster and shrimp, tomato-cognac cream and fettuccine pasta
is a pasta lover’s dream-come-true; light and delicate with so many
delectable flavors your taste buds, will be overjoyed. To die for,
as well, is the Pappardelle Alla Bolognese which is handmade wide
pasta ribbons with aromatic simmering of vegetables, fresh ground
beef, veal and pork which takes a day and a half to prepare. This
dish is also truly amazing, bold and rich yet not too heavy or
overpowering. As for me, there was without a doubt my choice,
Andiamo’s Ossobuco Alla Milanese. This braised veal shank dish with
rich beef and red wine stew, served with creamy saffron risotto was
second to none. OH MY GOODNESS, so delicious and delicate it falls
off the bone. The best ever! If you are in the mood for lobster tail
and shrimp tossed in garlic butter and white wine with fresh herbs,
you have found a piece of heaven with the Aragosta E Gamberoni Alla
Livornese dish. Some other wonderful selections would be the
Cioppino the seafood stew of lobster, shrimp, fish, mussels, clams
in a rich fish broth as well as the Vitello Alla Parmigiana, the
Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops and the Fillet of Sole. Whatever you
desire, you will assuredly receive it and remember it at Andiamo.
For dessert, what can I say… go for it all! They don't call
this sin city for nothing! There are over eight dessert specialties.
My favorites are the Triple chocolate Mousse and the Tartuffo.
Go, enjoy and dine at one of my favorite Italian restaurants
in Las Vegas. Kudos and A BIG BRAVO for everyone involved with
Andiamo! GO, AND TELL THEM THE BLONDE SENT YOU!
information about Andiamo, visit
www.lvhilton.com/dining/andiamo.shtml or call 702-732-5755 for
1. The gorgeous
presentation of lobster and shrimp
2. The world’s best Osso
3. Brilliant chef Ray Sansota and the charming General
Manager, Miguel Aston
Photos by Robin Roth